5 Ways to Reduce Waste during this COVID19 Pandemic
We all agree that 2020 has been a tough year for all of us due to the global pandemic. From extreme weather changes to the continuous bad news of depletion of natural resources from our planet earth, it has affected our planet drastically. Having said that, bringing change or becoming a part of it is always better than sitting back and making absolutely no contribution towards a better purpose.
We can heal our planet by doing small acts that require minimum effort with achievable difference. By simply employing a zero-waste thinking in our daily lives through practicing the 3R's will gradually have a positive impact on the environment.
Let's take a detailed look at the matter by discussing various ways to reduce waste:
1. Stop using plastic bags:
Every other day we hear the news of recovering plastic bags and containers from our oceans and lakes. While scrolling on social media, we get to watch videos of the poor sea or water creatures stuck in plastic bags.
Let's put the pity in our hearts at that moment into better use by trying our best to avoid using plastic bags in our daily lives. If you cannot avoid using plastic bags, then maybe you can try reusing it up to the maximum number of times it can be utilized.
A whole industry is dedicated to making plastic bags. They shall consider recycling for profiting their business and benefiting their home planet as well.
The government shall also collaborate in this purpose by implementing anti-plastic bag laws. Instead of plastic bags, try reusable containers, or you can use paper bags. At least the paper bags have various possible options for disposal, and can even contribute in making the soil more fertile and can possibly be reused as well.
2. Try to repair instead of discarding:
Learning a new skill is always cool and helpful in your daily life. A skill that can be honed this pandemic is to learn how to do repairs instead of throwing things right away when they get broken or start malfunctioning. This uncertain year may not be a good time to pile up more waste.
Learning to repair instead of discarding is economical. You can cut down your expenses, and you won't need anybody else's help for minor repairs. "There is always room for improvement" is a wise saying, but there is always room for repair before you throw stuff out is not out of stock of genuine sayings too.
Learn to repair to live a better life filled with purpose.
3. Use reusable masks in COVID 19 Pandemic:
Using reusable products to deal with the financial crisis in this low-profit margin is one way to cut down unnecessary expenses and reduce waste.
During this pandemic, face masks have been the most important necessity for everybody. Due to the shortening of supplies especially when the pandemic started, we have bought them in a really expensive amount. And can you imagine just how many waste we have produced during those times?
To deal with such a situation, it will be better to make use of reusable masks, which will benefit you from the worries of discarding used ones and buying new ones.
Such reusable mask is the Proberde's Reusable Face Mask made from Abaca fiber sheets. It is an eco-friendly and reusable mask. This is locally handcrafted in the Philippines containing reusable and good quality Abaca fibers.
The inner lining of the mask features unrivalled comfort for anyone who prudently wears a mask to protect themselves and others from transmission of the virus.
It can be washed several times since it is strong and durable due to the properties of abaca fibers. Lastly, it comes in different colors.
4. Buy second-hand products:
There are certain accessories which we don't need to have in a brand new state. They can work as good as new even if bought second hand.
The benefits of adopting this modality are demonstrated in terms of both financial and environmental aspects. When you don't buy something, you don't need to spend. When you don't buy something, the factories won't need to expend resources and energy to produce materials to build new goods.
While buying second-hand crockery in some markets, you may find rare antique pieces as well. By buying those, you will not only become a collector but also a wise consumer and keeper.
Another option for your used items is to donate them to those in need. With that simple act, two noble purposes will be fulfilled - waste reduction and generosity to those in need.
Take a simple rule to give your best to mother nature as it will benefit you in a million ways. And you'll certainly get to take part in a noble cause. Just make sure to clean and sanitize both the second-hand bought item and its packaging first before using it.
5. Reduce packaging material:
Try to buy the products at their original market place rather than getting it delivered. Buying directly at the store will not only give you the chance to get the best available stock but also will help you play a part in reducing the packaging waste generated worldwide. You'll be helping our small vendors too!
The same principle applies when shopping at the mall. Instead of several plastics packaging from different stores, you can ask each store's staff to just put the items inside your shopping bag.
For your protection, make sure not to forget to practice social-distancing and wear your face masks the right way when shopping.