“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”

-Jawaharlal Nehru, 1st Prime Minister of India

15th August 1947 – Day of Indian Independence, a day when citizens of this country breathed freedom in the air. From then on, we became free from the physical bondage and psychological oppression, ready to make our own history. But what does “freedom” mean today? Especially on this day, when we are celebrating 72 years of Independence.

Conceptually freedom for an Indian can be defined as:

  • Physical freedom – Free to go anywhere and do whatever is legally permitted
  • Spiritual freedom – Privilege to express one’s thoughts or to live according to one’s outlook.
  • National freedom – Authority which enables a person to identify and live with others.
  • State freedom – Choice to live in any state.

However, for many of us today, freedom also stands for something more significant. It is in a realm in which freedom appears to be more visible than it is. Freedom is making even the simplest of choices which may not just be limited to our thinking.

Choosing to be “Free from Plastic by Coloring Your Own Tri-Color”

Accumulation of plastic products in the environment adversely affects wildlife ecosystem, animals, and humans. Plastic is non-biodegradable; hence its daily consumption is increasingly harmful. However, in today’s context plastic is everywhere, so freedom from plastic is tough to imagine.

“Appliances, gadgets, machine, utensils, packaging and even artificial plants that are used to decorate one’s house with, are all made of plastic,” says Rashmi Bharti, Assistant Manager – HR at OurHealthMate. While Rashmi was allocating budget for Independence Day celebrations at the office, she realized most of the materials listed for decoration were made of plastic, especially the tricolor flags. They are cheaper and easily accessible, so everyone buys them. To break free from the tradition of “plastic” everything, Rashmi came up with the idea of color your own tri-color. “Every year my son brings home a paper Indian flag created by him and hangs it in our home,” said Rashmi. According to her, such activities inspire creativity and foster a feeling of patriotism in an eco- friendly manner.

Instead of plastering office walls with plastic flags, OHM decided to go green. They involved all the employees in a flag making activity inside the office premises. Participants (team members) were asked to draw/paint a creative and detailed representation of the Indian flag. An activity that embodied the true spirit of both OurHealthMate as an organization and the nation by saying NO to plastic flags.

Founded in 2013, OurHealthMate (OHM) is a health-tech startup. Their award-winning services are rooted in a three-pronged service strategy: care planning, business intelligence, and quality execution. OHM is a dry workspace and practices “zero hour” on a regular basis. They believe in maintaining an eco- friendly, health- friendly and sustainable working ecosystem.

1 Comment

  1. SID

    Good Initiative . . . Plastic never goes away
    . . . Chemicals in plastic which give them their rigidity or flexibility (flame retardants, bisphenols, phthalates and other harmful chemicals) are oily poisons that repel water and stick to petroleum-based objects like plastic debris. So, the toxic chemicals that leach out of plastics can accumulate on other plastics. This is a serious concern with increasing amounts of plastic debris accumulating in the world’s oceans.


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