Saturday, 21 March 2015

3 Things: to Start Being More Eco-Friendly

Welcome back, dear readers, to this blog's newest feature: 3 things! If you're new to the blog, 3 things is a monthly feature, where I ask a group of people from different professions the three things involving their area of expertise. The idea is to connect more well-known people with their fans or public and get to know them a little better. Because, we all know how renowned people can seem quite out of reach at times. But, hopefully, by reading this feature, you will learn that they're actually human beings just like us, with comfortable habits and obstacles in their lives and we might actually get inspired by their answers. In commemoration to eco-month - you're probably sick of me reminding you this every other day but I will not tire of it - I've decided to ask a few people who are passionate about nature to answer this one question:

- Ordering/taking food adequately. Sometimes, because we're hungry, we want to eat in large portions. But often we can't finish them and they go to waste. Without realising, the wasted food piles up into food if thrown away by many people. Aside from that, we don't know the detail about where the ingredients come from. The distance obviously matters and we as the consumer have indirectly imprinted carbon footprints which impacts the environment.
- Using or consuming local products. Be it food, accessories or beauty products. If we can help it, use local or domestic products. The carbon footprints the transportation of these items make have their own impact in the world. The carbon footprints produced by imported products will add to the footprints by local prodcuts, the negative effects will also increase.
- Bring reusable tote bags. Maybe it has been a habit of ours to ask for plastic bags when grocery shopping at supermarkets and think they can be reused. However, plastic bags take a long time to degrade - or even non-degradable at all! If this trash pile up and, even worse, make their way to rivers and seas, it will endanger the biotas in the water which becomes the protein for mankind. Wouldn't it be better if we play our roles to decrease the amount of plastic waste on earth?

1. Say no to plastic bags. Plastic is only used once or twice but it takes a long time to degrade. Also, a lot of plastics pollute the earth and get eaten by wild animals and they die because they can't digest it. That's why we should minimise the use of plastic by refusing to use plastic bags for shopping. Just say no if offered by the till, they don't mind. Bring your own bag from home to carry your purchased items.
2. Print on both sides. Try printing only when absolutely necessary. If you print on both sides, it reduces the paper usage by 50%. It's probably needs a bit more effort but it beats having to waste paper. There are actually plenty of printers which can have the settings to print on both sides now. Deforestation is a very real issue, which leaves a lot of regions in flood and drought, so make a habit of using paper accordingly.
3. Separate your organic and un-organic trash. Organic trash includes vegetables, food, etc. Un-organic trash includes plastics, carton, etc. Organic waste can be reprocessed into compost for fertiliser, while un-organic trash can be recycled. By separating our trash, we can also help the scavengers who usually separate the trash to get to the plastics and cardboard they can sell to be recycled again. So, aside from supporting recycling, we'd also do a good deed by helping them.

Sancaya Rini (Founder of Kanawida and Kana)
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Clothes: Think not to be too royal in purchasing clothes. Don't purchase new clothes too often. Clothing items take a long process to make, which uses a lot of energy, water and the environment is much disadvantaged or damaged along the way. Think of that the next time you want to buy something.
Home: Start making our house more energy-saving, water-saving and manage our waste and garbage well. For example, when designing a home, do it by taking the climate into account, plant trees to provide shade and oxygen and design an eco-friendly way of disposing our wastes. Use materials which are easily recyclable.
Food: Start by consuming more environmental friendly products. Products which don't use pesticide, not using fertilisers which damage the soil and environment. If you have a little bit of space, grow vegetables or herbs hydroponically.

So how would you start being more eco-friendly?

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