It was late January of 2020 when I first became alarmed by the COVID-19 disease. I’ve read countless alarming news from China. Thousands of people were infected by the nCoV daily. Even more unfortunate news detail the increasing number of deaths from the virus in only a span of weeks. It scared me a lot. I live in Japan, and it has been evident that a large number of Chinese nationals have fled to Japan to escape the then COVID-19 outbreak in their country. That in itself, has already scared me to the bone. I knew I needed to be careful, that I needed protect myself. But at first, I was strong to not consider any changes in my lifestyle.
As many of my friends know, I am currently on a journey to live a Sustainable Lifestyle. I started doing the Zerowaste Lifestyle last April 2018, then I adopted the Sustainable Lifestyle in the middle of 2019. Throughout my journey, I’ve been challenged a lot. I’ve experienced difficulties starting the ZW Lifestyle when I was still living in the Philippines, but I overcame it by being creative with my ways. When I started living here in Japan, the dependency of the Japanese community with product packaging has forced me to tolerate few unsustainable alternatives in my daily needs. Nonetheless, I persevered to maintain a low impact as much as possible. Even the Influenza seasons here in Japan have never shaken me to abandon my sustainable lifestyle practices. However, the horror of these recent months sinked in to me day by day. The mere epidemic has now become a pandemic. I saw how it spread from just China to now 199 countries globally. I saw the COVID-19 positive cases rise from just merely hundreds to now over 600,000 confirmed cases world wide. I saw deaths rise from barely a handful digits to now over 30,000 fatalities. I saw country by country locking their cities, struggling to control the infectious disease. Now, even my small hometown in the Philippines is in Community Quarantine. The horror of the recent months made me compromise the values and the promises that I swore I would never break. In the aim to prioritize my health and safety, I compromised sustainability.
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I introduced the newest hero in town last May of this year, 2019. Sustainability Hero (SH) is, as of the moment, 7 months old. I can’t believe how this small initiative turned out to be more than just an eco-store to me. I’ve grown a lot after I founded both Sustainability Hero and Open Letters for the Environment. This advocacy for the Environment has given me huge opportunities to self-actualize, to listen and learn from people, to innovate, and most importantly, to push for radical changes. My heart is full.
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As I wrap up SH’s 2019, I would like to open a page of my book to share a piece of this journey with you.
I’m not an expert or a person of high position. I am basically just a nobody who is trying to live a Sustainable Lifetsyle. A Sustainable Lifestyle, for me, is just meeting your basic needs without harming the environment in order to make essential resources available to sustain future generations. This article is about why and how I live a Sustainable Lifestyle, with more emphasis on the WHYs, because I think, it would easier for a person to distinguish the HOWs when the WHYs are put to heart.
I think many of us already know that humans are now facing the greatest threat to our kind, which is the Ecological Breakdown. But despite it all, we can only see very few actions being done. I can think of a number of reasons why, but I would like to assume that we are just not fully aware of what we are up against. I am hoping to at least shed some light on our current situation by anchoring this article on the 2 major factors of the Ecological Breakdown; (1) our Wastes and the (2) Climate Crisis, and on how, as an individual, I try to at least contribute on fighting them.
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I created the new hero in town, the Sustainability Hero! Let me tell you why.
People have always known about the Environmental Crisis. Teachers taught us about it as early as primary school. I knew about the importance of Trash Segregation and Tree Planting, the danger of Climate Change, and all those Science a long time ago, but I’ve never really cared about it before. Maybe because nobody really cared about it. Not my parents. Not my teachers. Not my friends. Nobody.
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I made the swap to Handmade Soaps and Shampoo Bars to fulfill these 2 objectives:
- To have a waste-free body skin care and hair routine
- To detoxify by using non-toxic body and hair products
Now, my generated solid wastes were lessened, plus, my skin and hair are at their healthiest state ever! But it didn’t start smoothly. When I said yes to the zero-waste lifestyle, the first thing that I got obsessed with is finding a package-free soap and shampoo. At first, I thought it would be a very easy task. I mean, handmade soaps and shampoo bars are not new concepts! Unfortunately, I was wrong. Only very few sellers sell these items and at a very expensive price. *sighs But hey, no need to be sad. Maybe someday, if the demand increases, many sellers would make these products available, right?
In this article, I already summed up where to look for these products outside and around the city. I have struggled for the past few months looking for these products. This way, I hope you don’t get to struggle like I did. Enjoy! 🙂
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I always find posts on Facebook about people trying to do trash-free food shopping in Supermarkets and failed to do so because, Supermarkets will forever have packaged foods. Well ever since I started my zero-waste journey, one of the first things that I did to avoid trash is to shop in a place where it is not mandatory to package the food that I buy. If NYC has a Farmers’ Market where Lauren Singer does her food shopping, I have my most favorite place here in Cebu City; Carbon Market. ❤
I know, the place stinks and everybody has the stereotype that it is very dangerous to be there, but I actually don’t mind. I’ve been shopping my foods there even before I started my zero-waste journey and I always go home in one piece and I haven’t ever had any dangerous experience there. So you chill guys because, you might also start to have your very own Saturday Carbon Market Day (my favorite day of the week~) after reading this blog. 😉
Alright, so how do I do it? Lemme share to you some tips and tricks on how to do a trash-free food shopping:
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For weeks, I scored Youtube for moisturizer and body butter recipes, but I found out that recipes for this product is actually difficult to do because there are many processes to execute and the ingredients were hard to find here in my location (Cebu City.) Fortunately, I found one recipe that only requires 2 ingredients and is absolutely easy to make! I’m paying it forward by sharing it you!
This recipe is from a Youtuber that goes by the name Semitropical. Shoutout to that amazing girl! Checkout her video for this moisturizer here.
I absolutely love this moisturizer that I really can’t wait to share this with you all. Let’s get it on!
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If there is product that I really love ever since I started my zero-waste lifestyle , it’s my homemade organic Toothpaste. Seriously guys, this toothpaste is heaven. I totally adore it.
Together with my homemade deodorant, this toothpaste is also one of the homemade products that I used when I started my zero-waste journey. That is because some of the ingredients were very easy to find and it is also very easy to create.
One of the perks of going zero-waste and switching to homemade products is that you always have the option to go organic and choose the safest ingredients you can find. That is important because, it cannot be denied that majority of the store-bought toothpastes have harmful chemicals in them. That is why I can absolutely say that I am not going back to my old favorite toothpaste. I am choosing not just a zero-waste but a safer alternative to my dental care!
Before we start, I would like to inform that this recipe is not mine. I got this from a Youtuber named Ashley. (Thank you Ashley!) You can check out her DIY toothpaste video here.
Alright, let’s do this!
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If you decide to live a zero-waste lifestyle, you can never find a free-packaged deodorant from stores. With that, the only option available to you is to either create your own deodorant or look for free-packaged Potassium Alum (Tawas) near you. For me, I obviously chose the first alternative because Tawas has never worked for me in the past.
When I first decided to start my Zero-waste Journey, the first product that I created and used is my homemade deodorant. As I was researching for alternatives for store-bought deodorants, I learned that store-bought deodorants contain Aluminum that clogs the armpit pores. Because of this, our armpit cannot release the sweat, in which is the natural way of the armpit’s detoxification. This may cause Cancer and other illnesses. Moreover, the ingredients of homemade deodorants are very easy to find and these deodorants are also very effective in taking stinkiness away!
Please take note that this recipe is not mine. I got this from a Youtuber named Ashley. (Thank you Ashley!) You can check out her DIY deodorant video here.
Without further adieu, let’s start mixing now!
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