New Delhi, Oct. 26 -- 1.Carry your own water bottle everywhere as if your life depended on it. At home, replace plastic bottles with glass or metal ones. At hotels and restaurants, ask for a water jug and glasses, and raise hell if they seem reluctant to provide them.

2. That secret stash of plastic and paper bags you have been hoarding? It's time to let go of them like a bad relationship. Get into the habit of folding up a tote in your handbag or keep one in your car for any unplanned shopping.

3. In your zeal to reduce plastic use, have you started depending too much on paper? Keep in mind that 40% of the world's timber is used for paper, and at times it might be better to opt for plastic that can be reused multiple times over single-...