A Beginner’s Guide to Zero Waste!

Everyday as we sit down with our gadget in our hands, we would stumble upon upsetting news of what is happening to our precious earth. Remember the polar bears? Yes, we still get sad thinking about it. 

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As we progress towards a more developed society, we should also strive for a more healthy and greener environment. As much as we like to think that we may not have an impact or add value with what we’re doing, let’s twist those thoughts to a better one: what can we do to slowly make this earth better for us?

Introducing the Zero Waste lifestyle! Now, you’re wondering what is zero waste and how is it possible in protecting our beloved earth? 

What it means is to simply go green. Conserving all resources by being responsible for our usage and reuse as much as we can so that we lessen the harm towards our environment. How can we do that? Let’s take a look at the 5Rs!

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Refuse – Learn to say no to things that you absolutely do not need. That new thing that’s released and catching everyone’s attention? Try to think twice first whether you really need it or not (This may be a little hard but hey! Baby steps!)

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Reduce – Be careful when you shop so you don’t end up consuming things that you usually don’t because that will just contribute to the amount of general waste. So, reduce your general consumption!

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Reuse – Simply means to reuse the things you have! If you often shop for groceries, always reuse your eco-friendly bags. In order to cut down on waste, reuse items instead of buying new ones like those glass jars from your strawberry jams? Wash them and reuse it to store your ingredients!

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Recycle – Ah, the classic recycle! It’s deemed to be the most popular disposal method in saving the environment. Start cleaning and turning your waste into useful resources. It’s a nice activity to do on the weekends with the kids while teaching them the importance of recycling and loving our earth!

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Rot – Last but not least, rot or in other words, compost. Those food scraps you often throw away? They can definitely be used for something more and different like fertilizers. Think twice before you throw them away!

Now that you’re all caught up, let’s focus on the how-to and start saving our home!

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Here’s a simple beginner to-do list to start your Zero Waste lifestyle:

  • Shop with reusable bags
  • Bring your own things! (Tumbler, meal containers, straws etc.)
  • Meal planning (So your food doesn’t go to waste!)
  • Stock your home with products that can be reused
  • Start considering your consumption habits (Only buy what you need!)
  • Plant your herbs and veggies (Let’s keep it fresh!)
  • Sort out your waste!

And there’s a lot more but let’s start slow first so that we can get more comfortable and explore more ways to capture the zero waste lifestyle. Think about these methods and see where you can start improving. 

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It’s definitely a challenge to take on when you’re a beginner but practice makes perfect. Let’s all work together to love and take care of our precious, beautiful earth that we call home because we all know that there’s no planet B for us.

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