Go Zero!

Originally authored on January 31, 2018

Our planet cannot save itself and scream: “ENOUGH!”

How much waste floats around in our oceans? Do we take into consideration the amount of trash we’ve dumped in garbage sites?

Most of our garbage ends up in the sea or landfills, and this is where the cycle continues. The fish eat the trash, and people eat the fish. The animals eat the garbage and people eat the animals. Go figure! The degeneration of the earth would mean our demise!

An active advocate Jean Alfonso Decena stands-up for the Mother Earth. She shares how becoming a zero-waste crusader has changed the quality of life of their family since they opted to do something that others would think to be close to impossible.

The transition was not easy, we are accustomed to the convenience of buying what we needed and wanted – apathetic of our trash collected in big bagfuls.

The lifestyle choice was the best option in racking up in savings: letting go of unnecessary material things and being mindful of the environment. At home, they were all accepting of it. However, Decena would usually get appalled stares from co-workers, vendors, cashiers at supermarkets and restaurants.

Sometimes she gets into occasional arguments about disposables when she refuses them and starts taking out her own containers. Then like magic, they would become interested in what she was actually advocating.

Confusion is replaced by admiration for her determination in saying no to plastics and straws, she even encourages them to do the same. Zero-waste encompasses more than eliminating waste through recycling and reuse.

Another bonus in going zero-waste is that it pushes you to make better food choices. Most of the food that do not come in non-biodegradable packages are products that have been processed. Our choices will be more on whole foods which are not processed and are chemical-free.

GETTING STARTED:

* Tumbler and cutlery
* Ecobags, cloths (in place of disposable diapers, wipes, sanitary napkins..)
* Jars for leftovers and for package-less items in groceries
* Wooden toothbrush, metal straws, glass containers
* Use stoves not microwaves
* Organic products for toiletries and cleaning aids
* Baking soda and vinegar for cleaning needs
* Shovels: to store compost
* Pails: to collect rainwater
* Boxes: for segregating waste for composting
* Wooden sticks and scissors for ecobricks
* Avoid single-used plastics like sachets (shampoo, 3-in-1, food keeper etc)

The harm that we do to our world is the harm that we inflict upon ourselves. Now is the time to make small changes which can soon make a big impact!

* – credits to the owner/s for the pictures

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