The world generates a whopping 2.12 billion of waste each year, and it’s causing all sorts of problems. While the amount is a sobering reality, think of it as motivation to be a better resident of Earth.
Renew your commitment to care for the planet every single day. While it’ll take more than just a carrying around a cute tote bag or refusing plastic straws, these small steps toward a zero-waste lifestyle are good ways to start. Here are a few more ways to care for Mother Earth on a daily basis:
Insulated tumbler, Klean Kanteen. Starts at P1,600. Available at CC Lab, R2 Level, Power Plant Mall
BYOB (Bring your own bottle). Single-use plastic bottles are one of the most common items found in ocean debris. While recycling is an option, researchers have found that 90.5% of all plastic ever made has never been recycled. A possible long-term solution: invest in a reusable water bottle you can bring everywhere.
Canvas totes. Available at Common Room, R2 Level
BYOB (Bring your own bag). The tote is now unexpectedly chic. Let’s face it, more than just a socially conscious sustainable alternative to the plastic bag, canvas totes have become some sort of style staple. These days, they don’t just carry your groceries, they also carry a statement.
Refuse single use. While shops and restaurants that no longer offer single-use utensils give us hope, there are still a few out there that pack plastic straws, spoons and forks with your meal. Instead of feeling hopeless, pack your own cutlery set. If you don’t have one yet, choose utensils made from 100% recycled material.
Shampoo and conditioner bars, Little Big Help PH, P279. Available at Common Room
Shop naked. By naked, we mean packaging-free products. Byebye, bottles! Ditch shampoo and conditioner bottles for handcrafted bars. The ones from Little Big Help Philippines are made with organic ingredients that keep hair soft and shiny.
Visit Alterations Plus, P1 Level
Redesign your wardrobe. While fast fashion is the best thing that’s happened to our closets, it’s had one of the worst effects on the environment. Go through your closet and pick out pieces that hardly see the light of day. Let your creative juices flow, play fashion designer and upcycle old or once-used clothing into something new and “bespoke.”