Switching to a zero-waste lifestyle, especially here in the Philippines, is not an overnight thing mainly because living zero-waste is a serious and long-term commitment. It’s not as easy as it looks. However, taking it slowly but surely will help you ease into this way of living.
Today, I’m sharing my own thoughts and personal experiences by listing down some guides that might help you in transitioning into the zero-waste lifestyle.
Be Aware of your Current Waste
In our household, both Jek and I are responsible in ensuring that the house is clean. This involves segregating our wastes and making sure that the trash is taken out every garbage collection day.
One thing that we’re guilty of is the daily usage of plastics – from food packaging to toiletries. By seeing our current usage and wastes, we listed down alternatives for each of the household items we have that’s currently packaged in plastic material.
List Down the Alternatives
Food scraps – in order to lessen or fully eliminate this, Jek made the effort of doing research as to how many portion of food we should eat per meal. We’re not in any way nutritionists but this is just based on our current food intake, ideal calories per meal, etc. She started meal prepping for us which is a win-win situation because then we get to eat on time AND we make sure that we get the proper portion of food that will make us full every after meal.
If it’s really unavoidable, especially if we have guests over and we prepared food beyond what we can eat, we created a compost bin and used it to fertilize our herb garden.
Plastic packaging – I admit, this is the hardest to do especailly because supermarkets available in our area still hasn’t made the switch. However, that’s not an excuse! For fresh produce, we either buy from a rolling store that goes around our village every morning and use our containers after weighing in the produce OR we bring our own reusable containers and have them transfer the meat onto the tupperware after weighing.
We also use eco-bags for small grocery trips or request that they place our items in a box.
Eat out – we see to it that we have our metal straws with us as well as reusable cutleries. We also bring a jug for us to share so we can avoid purchasing bottled waters whenever we’re out and about.
I’m so glad that more and more establishments are starting to embrace using reusable items and encourages their customers by giving them discounts. For example, (and this has been going on for years now) Starbucks offers P5.00 discount if you use your own tumbler/mug.
Meal prepping makes our lives so much easier! Because Jek and I have gastritis, we need to ensure that we eat on time.
Preparing meals ahead of time also makes a huge difference in achieving the zero-waste lifestyle. By listing down all ingredients for the meal that we planned to have for the week, we ensure that we only purchase items that we’ll be needing – eliminating the urge of overpurchasing that will probably just end up in the trash. Also, seeing leftover from ingredients gives us an opportunity to think of more ways to create fresh and healthy food for the next coming days.
I haven’t posted a lot of recipes
Take it Easy
Switching lifestyle is very hard. As I’ve mentioned earlier, consistency is the key. Let’s educate one another and be that person who has helped a friend or a family member switch to a zero-waste lifestyle. Your community and our planet will thank you for it!