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
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
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
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?