Family Shares How to Start Zero Waste Lifestyle in the Philippines

Lately, there are videos and photos that went viral because of the amount of waste that floats around the ocean and river in the country. One of the problems in the country is garbage. We have tons of trash every year and if you add this up with the waste of the other countries in the world, it is surely not a good news to see.

Many products in the country come in single-serving size plastic sheets and when you go to other places, you can see straws, cups, and plastic wrappers that will add up to the garbage in the country. Thankfully, there are different government and non-profit institutions who are devising different ways on how to help save Mother Nature. One of these efforts is promoting Zero Waste lifestyle.

Zero Waste Lifestyle is Doable

Maintaining a zero-waste lifestyle can be challenging but it is doable. A family shares their Zero Waste Home journey to help reduce their plastic use and the amount of garbage that goes to the landfill.

According to Jameson Jimenez, they started their journey after his wife gave birth in 2013. His daughter had been using cloth diapers and cloth wipes back in 2013. They also switched to all natural cleaning products such as unpaper towels and scrubs.

Last August 2017, his wife read the book of Marie Kondo which inspired her to declutter their house. They found several items that they could recycle and make a significant change in their home.

[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]
[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]

Steps to Promote a Zero Waste Lifestyle

What are the changes that the family did to reduce their usage of plastic?

For groceries, they prepare and bring their eco bags.

[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]
[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]
[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]
[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]
The family also stopped buying commercial detergent and switched to making their own laundry detergent using baking soda, borax, and Perla which generated not only minimum trash but also helped save them P2,000 every month.

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[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]
[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]
[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]
Instead of switching plastic toothbrushes every three to four months, the family also opted for a bamboo toothbrush which is not only environment-friendly but also family-safe because they are made with natural ingredients.

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[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]
[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]
[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]
They also started using their mess kit that they bring with them all the time when they eat out. Since they anticipate having leftovers, they use reusable plastic containers for their takeout. Even when they are eating in fast-food chains, they refuse plastic spoon and forks and use the items from their mess kit.

[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]
[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]
[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]
[Image Credit: Jameson Jimenez / Facebook]
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Posted by Jameson Jimenez on Thursday, April 12, 2018

 

Are you inspired to switch to zero waste lifestyle after reading this? What do you think people can do to help in saving Mother Earth?

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