With the increased public awareness of climate change, moving towards sustainability is at the forefront of many of our minds. Despite that, we also cannot deny the inertia that's present, the discipline needed to break old habits and adopt more sustainable practices.
“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly.
We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” Anne Marie Bonneau, Zero Waste Chef.
We just have to bear in mind that "every little bit counts". I looked back at how I kickstarted my eco journey, and came up with these 3 popular but manageable areas to start with.
1. Start from your kitchen
Open up your cabinets or drawers. Do you see cling wraps or resealable plastic bags? No, you are not going to dump it. Just tell yourself that this is going to be the last box and switch to reusable alternatives once you've emptied them. Swap to our customers' favourite products that are also reviewed as 'money-saving'!
Silicone Bags: Yes, we have all tried to reduce our guilt by washing and reusing resealable plastic bags. But with every use, it turns more wrinkly and just when you are marinating meat in the bags, a hole appears. Not with the durable Silicone Bags, which are also microwave and freezer friendly! (You can read our tips here on how to care for our reusable bags.)
Silicone Stretch Lids: What I love most about these Silicone Stretch Lids is that they come in various sizes, and are stretchable! From canned food to rice bowls, soup bowls, plates and even cups, it isn't often when I couldn't find a right Silicone Stretch Lid that fits.
- Avocado Huggers: I'm a huge avo fan, but an entire bulb is too much for a single serving sometimes. I've tried applying the exposed area with lemon juice, covering the remaining half with cling wrap, but I'm always stumped to see a browned avocado within a day. If you're like me, try using the Avocado Huggers, which “hugs” the superfood and slows down dehydration.
2. When you head out for grocery run
Truth is, my habit of BYO (bring your own) shopping bags started a year ago when I moved overseas. Unlike Singapore, supermarkets usually charge a fee for each shopping bag you take. Here's a personal hack to ensure I don't forget my reusable shopping bag - always keep them in the car, or if you don't drive, keep them in your bag. You can also place them near your keys and simply grab them as you go.
After this habit was formed, I became more conscious of every plastic bag I use, and eventually swap to reusable mesh bags when shopping for my produce too.
3. When you order food & drinks for takeaway
During Circuit Breaker in Singapore, I'm sure everyone is doing more takeouts than ever. Make an effort to SAY NO to single-use packaging when you order your food next time, and BYO. Trust me, the hawker will thank you too.
Be it bringing the containers from your previous takeaway, or reusable ones like our newly launched Lejos Silicone Collapsible Lunch Box and Paradise Silicone Collapsible Cup, remember small moves like these can make a difference.
Lastly, here's something for the fellow bubble tea lovers - The Last Straw comes with 3 different straws, including a bubble tea oblique straw. Keep a set in your bag for when craving strikes.
We would love to know about the other sustainable practices you have adopted! Share with us in the comments below.