Just when we thought we were winning the fight against plastic pollution, a sudden surge in the use of disposables due to the pandemic caught us all off-guard. From single-use face masks to meters of plastic sheet plastered across shop counters to disposable cutlery in restaurants to countless plastic bottles of disinfectant, it's easy to feel like all our effort to battle the climate crisis has gone to waste.
But being hopeful led us and the movement to where it is today and nothing should stop us from living mindfully and consciously. In no way are we disregarding the fact that everyone's health and safety must come first at a time like this, but we also have to remember not to make this an excuse to live excessively and mindlessly. So here are five ways to continue practicing sustainability during the new normal:
- Bring your own cutlery to avoid using disposables.
Sometimes, we just really need to eat out because we've got a long day ahead and we didn't have time to prepare our own baon and that's completely fine. Just make sure to bring your own cutlery because some restaurants that used to serve with real spoons, forks, and plates now use disposables as part of their company's health and safety protocol.
- Use a reusable face mask.
We've got all kinds of reusable masks available in the market now, and with all the different designs and materials to choose from, it won't be hard to find one that will suit your lifestyle. We recommend going for the reusable face mask with the least impact though. For us, that's a mask that is locally-made and supports local communities and artisans.
P.S. No harm in bringing an extra face mask when going out!
- Wash your hands regularly with hand wash that's good for you and the planet.
Washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds each time is still more effective than just using alcohol. Good thing we now have hand wash pods that dissolve in water in minutes. Now we can say goodbye to all the plastic bottles and plastic sachets that come with purchasing hand wash!
- Bring reusable storage bags for leftovers.
Leftovers are inevitable when eating out, so stashing (see what we did there?) a reusable storage pouch or two in your bag is a great way to make sure you won't be taking any waste home. Save space in your bag by putting your reusable cutlery inside the storage bags.
- Carry your own water bottle.
Save plastic bottle waste, save money, and save yourself from possibly catching a virus. Bringing your own water everywhere is an easy, low-waste hack that we should keep practicing––pandemic or no pandemic.
In photo: Sip 500ml insulated Rocket
We have to admit that lessening our waste has been more challenging since the pandemic began, but we have to remember that there are low-waste practices and mindful habits that we can keep doing despite the new normal we're all going through. We don't need to be perfect––we just have to keep doing our best.
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