Small choices makes big differences, would you agree?
I am well aware that there’s already a lot of people who are spreading the Zero-Waste/ Low-Waste Lifestyle in the internet, but even so, I still think that the awareness this movement has is still far from reaching the whole globe.
Before I get to the meat of my point, I would like to describe Zero-Waste, Low-Waste, Minimalism and Sustainability. DISCLAIMER: I am in no means an expert on any of these field so please be kind to me 🙂
is a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_waste)
this movement holds, in essence, the same practices as Zero-Waste, yet it is a more open community of individuals that focus on all the little positive steps taken versus the unhealthy illusion of what we think we should do/be. Low-Impact, sheds light on the issues that are less discussed.
DISCLAIMER: I agree with Kaylee who wrote this amazing explanation that it doesn’t really matter what we call this movement as long as we do our part and what we think is best for the environment.
It is marked by clarity, purpose, and intentionality. At its core, minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It is a life that forces intentionality. And as a result, it forces improvements in almost all aspects of your life.
focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The concept of sustainability is composed of three pillars: economic, environmental, and social—also known informally as profits, planet, and people.
No matter what you call it, the simple effort you make to help prevent our home, the earth from it’s impending doom is essential. For me, sustainability and a conscious lifestyle fits my current situation. I am living in one of the many provinces of the Philippines, thus an ‘Eco-store’ is not available. Our grocery stores do not, YET, offer refills nor the information of bringing your own containers when buying meat and fish is not YET wide spread. However, I highly appreciate the attempt of our Local Government Unit (LGU) to ban plastic bags in the whole city. Fast food chains located in the city recently implemented a No Straw policy as well.
Of course, the policy and the ban is not 100% effective since there are things that really needs the disposable plastic’s presence. (e.g. buying viands from carenderia, buying meat and/or fish from the market) Although, you can bring your own containers to substitute for those nasty disposables, but, it will no longer be convenient specially for those who just commute and do groceries by themselves. For me, I just try to think of the bigger picture. Besides, if you really think about it, our ancestors did not experience the amazing convenience of disposables but they still lived their everyday life normally. At least what’s the norm at that time.
If you choose to hop in this amazing movement, let me just remind you that you don’t necessarily need to change your life 360 degrees around within a day/week/month/year. It’s a step by step conscious process, all you need to remember is to be more aware of what’s happening around you and act accordingly.
I still have a lot to share but I’ll just end it here for now. Let’s save it for another future post 😉
Hope you enjoyed my rambling and somehow inspired you to look more into this Zero-Waste movement. Also, share some love by hitting that like button and do share this post if you have an extra second to spare 😛