I have always been apathetic about the environment. I have zero inclination with everything environment-related issues like minimizing trash, reducing carbon footprint, planting more trees. I was ignorant, and as the saying goes — “Ignorance is bliss.”
I’ve mindlessly used single-use plastic all my life because of its convenience. We have to admit, it really does make life easier right?
Have leftovers after eating out? No problem. Tell the waiter you want to bring it home and they’ll happily pack it in plastic. And who has time for cloth diapers? Or reusable wipes? We are busy moms, that’s ideal but in reality, that just makes motherhood more difficult. Disposable diapers and wipes are just soooo convenient and fit our life perfectly. No need to think about washing and drying, that’s too much work.
This was me a few months ago. I have always justified my reasons for using disposables but at the back of my mind, I knew this was wrong. Well, technically not a mistake (depende na lang sa perspective mo sa buhay) but for me kasi I know I can do something to avoid this. And it’s wrong in a sense na I’m consciously contributing to the pollution to Mother Earth.
Then I saw these videos on Facebook of how trash has greatly affected our ocean, how sea creatures like turtles and whales had suffered because of human’s apathy, ignorance and negligence to do something for the environment. Then I realize, this is not the world I want Nishka to live in! I have to do something about it, and I have to set as an example to her.
I have to stop living like the only thing I care about is myself.
I need to stop using single-use plastic and look for other convenient ways to get on with life. Surely there are more ways than just plastic right?
I started seeing more about zero-waste lifestyle on Facebook, and I liked the idea. I downloaded books about it and watched videos on YouTube.
What I liked the most about it is that it is preferred you make your own products like your shampoo, soap, and skin care products. I love experimenting and creating stuff like these! After a few weeks na pagre-research, I listed all raw products I needed in creating household products. Sobrang excited ko! I prepared na yung mga tools na gagamitin ko, I took it out from the cabinet and hinugasan ko na.
While doing these parang bigla akong natamaan, teka. Parang mali ah. May zero-waste ba sa gagawin ko? Yes pero I realized na very minimal lang. So I had to take a step back. Sabi ko, “wait, parang mali yung “why” ko ah.” Bakit nga ba ulit ako magstart ng zero-waste lifestyle? Para ba may excuse ako to purchase more products and eventually produce more waste in the process pero justified kasi nga part of a zero-waste lifestyle is to opt for creating your own products?
Kaya yun, back to the drawing board. Balik ako sa pagre-reasearch and to really finding my “why”.
What helped me the most is getting support online. I joined Facebook groups of like-minded people. These are the Facebook groups na member ako:
I don’t really post, heck I haven’t posted sa mga groups na to. Kumbaga silent reader ako, and just by reading experiences of different people I get a lot of ideas on zero-waste. Yung mga struggles and how to overcome them.
I also just recently joined a Muni meet-up which has also widened my knowledge about zero-waste lifestyle.
Ang dami kong natutunan but ito talaga nag stick sakin which I believe is the most important part of reducing trash: the 5Rs.
…in that order.
Refuse what you can refuse, like yung mga flyers and pamphlets na binibigay sayo just say NO. Pero if taga-Cocolife ang lalapit sayo sabayan mo na lang ng tiger look, mga scammer yan sila eh. Hahaha! Next, reduce. Reduce your trash by ditching single-use plastic. Like if mamalengke, pwedeng magdala ng ecobag instead of using plastic. Reuse what you have at home. May collection ng Tupperware? Dalhin tuwing kakain sa labas, dyan ilagay ang leftover. Recycle din. If dadating sa point na gagawa na ng sariling products, pwede gamitin mga old bottles. Yung Stick-o na garapon ni Nishka ginawa kong alkansiya. You don’t need that peso-sense coin bank. Wag tayo patalo sa consumerism, bes. And yung rot, syempre mga biodegradables natin pwede lagay sa compost pit.
Lakas maka overwhelm ng zero-waste noh? Dontcha worry, I gotchu fam. Sa next blog post ko I enumerated 10 simple ways na maka start tayo ng zero-waste lifestyle as mommies. Watch out for it! 🙂
Sino dito ngstart na din magzero-waste or planning to start? Usap tayo. Badly need an accountability buddy!