Green Living: Four Ways to Adopt a Zero Waste LifestyleAugust 14, 2018
“Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how.” –Edward T. McMahon
To you, it might just be one insignificant straw, a tiny plastic cup or an easily overlook plastic bag but to Mother Earth, these are items that would go a very long way before they completely disappear.
With these single use plastic items, we are continuously peppering our surroundings with trash that has nowhere to go and are incapable of destroying which means it would accumulate space. With the threat of global warming looming over us as well as other environmental concerns, could we truly say it is still possible to create a sustainable environment for the future generation? We, the very humans who inhabit the earth are also tasked to take care of it. However, it is unfortunate that we are primarily responsible for anthropogenic issues. As ecological problems continue to rise, movements for a sustainable environment have become more rampant. One of the said movements is to adopt a zero waste policy.
On the outset, the idea might seem a little onerous seeing as we are used to have items to discard. In fact, an ordinary household might even have at least five waste disposals to ensure optimal movement of refuse. However, you will find that it might be a lot easier than you think. The key is to start small and take it step by step until you can finally achieve a zero waste lifestyle. Too many, the endeavor might seem impossible, but your contribution—no matter how small—would already make a big difference in reducing the world’s total eco-footprint. When you have embraced the advocacy, start small first before proceeding to incorporate it into your homes such as putting it into practice in your BGC condo or elsewhere. In any case, here are some of the ways you can put the movement into work both in your homes and in your life:
Opt for products that do not use plastic packaging
Looking for a clever way to reduce your plastic waste? Simply avoid buying products that have plastic packaging altogether. If you wish to contribute to a change, make the conscious choice to buy products that have biodegradable packaging. By the time you shop for groceries, make sure to bring your own eco-bags or mason jars where you can store grocery items and food for takeout. Another thing you might want to consider is to find an alternative to essentials that come in plastic packages such as the bottle of shampoo, dish liquid and the like. Ensure that the brand you patronize uses only biodegradable containers.
Replace Disposable Paper Towels
In lieu of buying paper kitchen towels by bulk, use cloth towels instead. To you, this may cause no harm at all seeing as they naturally decompose and are biodegradable. However, consistently using them day by day means we need more trees to cut. Furthermore, their production as well as the means of transporting them is not exactly what we can consider environment friendly. Swap them out for dishtowels instead which you can use and reuse for as long as you wish.
Stop Using Cotton Buds
Commonly known as Q-tips, you should know by now that the center pieces of these diminutive household products are not biodegradable. Sure, they might seem insignificant in size but as they are used and discarded in a fast pace, it has become a menacing threat to the environment. Furthermore, it has been shown that using cotton buds is not exactly the best way to clean your ears if you do value your health. Research has shown that we actually need the wax in our ears. Simply wash your ears with a clean cloth instead.
Stop Buying Newspapers
Today, you can get news everywhere—from social media to news websites. And the best thing about them is that you do not even have to pay for subscription in some cases. Sure, newspapers might look seemingly innocent granted that they are biodegradable. However, bear in mind that these take time before they decompose completely. So, rethink your newspaper consumption and while you are at that, you might as well want to cancel your magazine subscription as well.