Updated: Sep 27
Covid-19 has changed many of our habits and routines, making us more dependent on these non-biodegradable materials due to health concerns. However, more and more plastic waste isn't doing our Earth any good. Here are a few ways we can try out best to reduce our footprints on the environment while still staying sanitary and healthy:
1. Bring your own container when buying food
While some restaurants have stopped providing food and beverages with customers' own containers due to so-called hygienic concerns, it is always helpful to bring a small container with you whenever you go out! I personally really like the silicone compactable lunch boxes, which are easily found in a home ware store at very affordable prices :)
2. Cook your own food
Takeout food can be convenient but it's always good to cook yourself a hearty meal. You can easily buy package-free from wet markets if you bring your own container. If there are bulk free shops near you, try stocking up on dried beans, grains and pasta that can last up to several months. It is also easily customizable depending on your dietary needs!
3. Educate yourself on zero-waste substitutes
Since we all have some extra time on our hands, now is a perfect time to research and learn about zero waste substitutes. Sanitary products like body wash, toilet paper, towel alternatives that are made with less polluting and energy intensive materials are easily found on the Internet or your local zero waste store.
4. The last of the 3R's: Recycle
When you have no choice but to make some waste, don't give up on yourself: although it's the last of the 3R's: reduce, reuse, and recycle, it is still an important part of eliminating waste. If you run a search on the internet, there's a great chance you can find a local organization that collect recyclables! The recyclables range from the usual plastics and CDs, to Styrofoam and milk cartons.
5. Lastly, be easy on yourself!
To eliminate waste and become sustainable should be a process that we continue to strive for, and no one can achieve all of it in one day. Therefore, rather than trying to be perfect, you're better off trying to change little habits day by day suiting your own tempo. The world does not need a few perfect environmentalists, we need more imperfect ones!