Phoebe Blas: Plastic-free Days
The greatest service you can offer the world is when you do what you can with what you have to fight for what you truly believe in and Phoebe Blas does exactly this! What better way to kick off Plastic-Free July with digestible tips from her Instagram, MeanLivingPH.
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Its plastic-free July, a worldwide event that millions of people participate in. I thought it timely to start a series on what we all can do in our day-to-day lives to live more consciously. This one in particular is everything that goes inside what we carry around everyday! That's our bags, backpacks, purse, etc.
These are the best for snacks-to-go. I honestly have not tried to use beeswax wraps because I find so much value in handkerchiefs. Surely, you have some in your closet. These are perfect for donuts, pandesals, cookies, turon, or any small snacks. So make sure you say no to small plastics or paper bags next time and you can use your hanky.
Plastic water bottles last for a few minutes with you but last a lifetime in our oceans/landfills. I urge you to use a tumbler for the following three reasons:
1. It will save you money (try to compute how many plastic bottles you buy in a month).
2. Plastic bottles are harmful to you as these bottles are still chemically made and they hold your drinking water which is something that you in-take (think about it).
3. Plastic bottles are harmful to the environment (even though they are "recyclable", in order to recycle these plastic bottles, companies still have to manufacture, fill and ship them = carbon emissions).
A cutlery set is made up of spoon, fork, knife, chopsticks, and straw. Keep these handy in your bag because you never know when you will use them. Forget those single-use spoons, forks, and plastic straws. It's time to learn to use your reusable cutlery.
There are days when it is necessary for us to buy things. Whether it's shopping for grocery, clothes, or shoes, it's best to bring your own reusable bag. I find these types of reusable bags really handy because it is foldable, thin and very easy to maintain. These mesh-like, macrame bags are even great for fruits!
How long do you use these shopping bags to hold your items for? After you use them, how long will they last?
Sometimes, it's an hour of convenience equating to a lifetime of trash. Even if paper bags are believed to be better than plastic because it decomposes, it only decomposes in a unique setting that allows it - the right amount of oxygen, sunlight, and air. Another key quality of a paper is that it takes up more energy to be manufactured than plastic.
So is paper really better?
Packed foods from home are always way better than the ones from fast food chains. Don't forget to bring your own food container, or if you do eat out (and they serve it on single-use plates) place it in your containers instead.
Preparation is key! With my backpack, I make sure (most of the time) that I bring these things with me. We all can take baby steps; and maybe bringing these items can be your goal for the month.
So, what’s in your bag?
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