Simple steps to take for an eco-friendly life
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3 Changes I’ve Made to Live a More Eco-Friendly Life

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Part of my efforts to become more mindful is thinking about how I can live a more eco-friendly life in my own little way. I know that even though we collectively try our best as individuals to make a change, the big businesses are still the ones doing great damage. But a little won’t hurt. I see it as my contribution, albeit not a big one. Big things start from small beginnings after all.

I haven’t gone down the route of using a metal straw because, to be honest, you can drink stuff without straws (except for milk tea with pearls). Nor have I started using a menstrual cup, although I’m really interested. (Still a bit scared, to be honest. But we’ll get there.) So I’ve resorted to simple ways I can do at home that will hopefully contribute to our environment’s welfare. If you’re keen and have not tried these yet, I suggest you start as well.

Eco-Friendly habits I’ve started

Use a dish brush

Use a brush when washing dishes

I’ve been meaning to switch out our sponge with a dish brush for the longest time but have only recently done so. The first time I saw one was in Japan Home Center, and it looked quite cute. It had a small casing on top of the brush to hold and dispense the dishwashing liquid. The whole thing was conical, though, and would not have fit our cups and glasses. I dismissed my intention then but was surprised when we went to the grocery that a couple of brands are actually selling dish brushes now. While the one we picked up is still made with plastic, I wouldn’t need to dispose of it after a couple of weeks. With enough care and upkeep, I say we can use it for several months — who knows maybe even years! It’s a long shot, but I’m quite hopeful with our decision.

Recycle plastic bottles

Re-pot your plants in recycled plastic bottles

Most of the condiments and other liquid cooking ingredients at groceries are packaged in plastic. I don’t have the energy to decant, so I won’t do that. I’m afraid I’ve disposed of a lot of plastic bottles before, but that’s not going to happen again. Or so I hope. After finally deciding to de-pot and re-pot my succulents, I cut up an empty cooking oil bottle, washed it and used it for my plants. I don’t have succulents to re-pot anymore, but having bottles to recycle might be the best excuse (and push) to finally plant herbs.

Buy at thrift stores

Buy clothing at thrift stores

I’ve harped about my goal to own a thrifted-only wardrobe so many times before; I’ve even created my own list of tips on how to score great finds at an ukay-ukay. But in case you haven’t been here before, I’m doing this because I’m trying to stay away from fast fashion as much as I can. Did you know that textile waste from fast fashion is a large contributor to water pollution?

How about you? What eco-friendly habits are you going to start?

Jorj Cornejo

Jorj writes and helps shape stories that stick in people's minds, tug at their heartstrings and move them to action. She spends her free time trying to read the whole Internet.

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