There’s this sustainability movement going on. I wouldn’t say I am 100% on board but learning and reading more about it has opened my eyes and has made me more conscious of the things I bring into and take out of my life. I’m not a pro but here are some tips I am practicing to save the world in my own little way.
Refuse > Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Reduce, reuse, and recycle has been the world’s motto for a long time now. Lately, I am realizing that refusing is the best option out there. I bring my own ecobag when going shopping instead of having them put it in paper or plastic bags. It’s a hassle but it’s definitely the best option out there. Remember that supply is created when there is a demand.
Feel free to refuse and be a little uncomfortable instead of using something that you’ll just end up reusing or recycling after using it once or twice.
Segregate your trash
This is honestly the hardest one. You all know in the Philippines there is no segregation of trash at all. I try to do the best I can by making eco bricks for my plastics and segregating the rest as either recyclables or paper trash. For the recyclables – paper boxes, PET bottles, etc – we throw it in the recycling bin in our condo while the paper trash ends up in the trash can (I’m sorry I don’t know what else to do).
To tell you the truth I’m not sure if that is enough or if that is helping at all. I still try though! I mean it takes my husband and I two-three weeks for our paper trash to be filled. Most of our trash goes to my ecobrick and no matter how annoyingly hard it is to make, I still do it.
Be smart consumers
Okay, maybe this is harder than segregating trash because everyone loves to consume. It takes a different kind of skill and discipline to stop consuming but I don’t necessarily mean stop buying stuff and start living under a rock. What I mean is to be smart consumers. It’s very important to know how a product is made or what happens to it after buying it.
The best example of this is when we are buying clothes. Let’s try and stop supporting fast fashion. A pair of jeans from a good jean company can last you years but those from so-so shops will only last you until the next season.
If you often use single-use items, try to find better alternatives or remove it out of your life completely. If you like straws, try to swap it out for metal/bamboo straws. Swap out your plastic bags for ecobags or reusable totes. I always try to be more critical of the things I use and find alternatives for it. If I can’t find a more sustainable option, I try to remove it from my life completely.
A perfect example is cotton pads. I used to use about two cotton pads a day. I am looking into reusable cotton pads but while I am trying to look for one that fits within my budget, I just decided to stop using it completely. Other things that I am trying to find more sustainable options are toothbrushes, floss, panty liners, tissues, and sanitary napkins. These are small things that we often take for granted but in reality, these are also the things that have to be replaced ASAP.
And please remember, if you ever buy the sustainable option, make sure to stick by it else you are becoming a part of the problem rather than part of the solution.
Spread the word and continue to learn
Tell your friends and loved ones about how important it is to save the environment. Join communities where people uplift and guide each other in helping the world. Learn from other people and share it with others.
One person cannot save the entire world. Everyone should participate and be more conscious of their actions and its consequences. We should all start trying to live sustainably. It’s always better to save the world now rather than save it later when it’s too late.
Feel free to leave your sustainability tips in the comments cause you know I’m all about learning new ways to be more eco-friendly. ❤