I started minimizing my waste as a new year’s resolution. And the first of the many adjustments that I did was switching to the menstrual cup. Actually, it was the discovery of menstrual cup that led me to the minimal waste lifestyle. I started on new year’s because of how high everyone’s (including mine’s) willpower reserve is at this point.
Days passed and the hype of the enumerated changes mentioned in this post started to dwindle down (like most new year’s resolutions). Not that the care came along with it, but I just got so much better at making excuses and I became highly dependent on ecobricks. Ecobricks are these bittersweet gift of the trash regulation fairies to me. On one hand, they make my life easier and it’s making waste awareness so much easier to spread. Plus, it’s making good use of trash and in the event, taking some of the burden off landfills. The only negative thing I have with me discovering ecobricks is that I made them an escape. ALL THE TIME. Totally my fault.
Then came Plastic Free July. This reignited the why of this lifestyle change. And I suddenly noticed my negative relationship with ecobricks. I needed to sit down and have the talk with the ecobricks. I started planning how I was going to align the beautiful purpose of the ecobricks to my minimal waste journey.
Small wins so far:
- Yellowcab obliging to deliver without unnecessary trash. Just the pizza, the box, and receipt.
- Lush shampoo bar. Smells divine. Though I’m still working out if it’s having a great relationship with my hair. I’ll update after a month.
- Dragonfruit. Aside from the fact that it was given to me (read: free), fruits for snack is AMAZING. I just need to make an extra effort to buy fruits if I want to keep this up.
- Minimalwaste dining out @KFC. I had to think clearly of what I was ordering and if it came with plastic, or unnecessary trash. I know the packaging is paper, not lined with plastic but I still chose not to get it since I planned ahead and brought my own container.
- Unpackaged ice cream with paper holder, recyclable.
- DIY toothpaste. But after week, I needed to make a new batch in a glass container since the tin can started reacting with the mixture, not sure how but there’s rust forming on the side.
I also used to take coffee during the afternoon, and I always go for the 3-in-1 sachets because of their convenience and it’s one of the things that I say, “Well, I’ll just stuff it in the ecobrick.” Since the start of July, I stopped taking sachets of coffee and instead opted for water in the afternoon. Plus, I am trying my best to collect the foil/plastic trash of some of my merienda buddies so I can just stuff their trash into the ecobrick. And it is also a good time to share trash/ecobricks awareness with them. Win! /Basurera na po si acqoe./
I experienced a tremendous amount of stress on July 5th, and I gave in to the the non-glamorous temptation that is smoking. I’ve already tried to quit several times this year, but this is one of the biggest disappointment so far since I just started getting pumped up for this plastic free month. I know this is straightforward contradicting my efforts on avoiding single-use plastic. But I’ve tried to compensate by stuffing what remains of my cigarette to the ecobrick. I am not proud. Maybe, by some way, the universe might see me quit next week.
Some more fail:
- I still take multivitamins wrapped in foil. Not sure if if it’s recyclable but for now I am giving it residence inside the ecobrick.
- Whenever I feel sluggish at the office, I start grabbing these caramel candy at my desk. I have now removed the stack of candies from my desk to eliminate temptation.
- I attended a meeting last week that served food which was covered in cling wrap. And cofffee in a sachet. Sadnu.
Anyhow. This is a report of how my first week of plastic-free July went. Three more weeks to go. A test run of the lifestyle I want to have.
Cheers to next week!