Much has been said about protecting the environment from the impending threats of pollution and waste. From the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), Clean and Green campaigns, and CLAY GO policies, you’ve been taught many times about how you can help lessen these problems. But did you know that there are still things you do every day either in your home or school that actually affect the environment?
From dumping jeans to using facial wash with microbeads, these common lifestyle routines are hurting the planet every time you do them:
1. Having too much food leftovers
You’ve probably heard your parents say, “Ubusin mo ‘yang pagkain mo,” thousands of times. It may sound like a broken record, but their advice is more than just making sure you eat enough. Actually, it is more about not wasting too much food. According to studies, two tablespoons of rice are being wasted everyday, enough to feed 2.5 million of Filipinos for a year. Unfortunately, these food wastes just end up in landfills. Help reduce this by getting the right amount of food and actually finishing one serving before piling on more food.
2. Using facial wash with microbeads
Washing your face before you go to sleep? Seems harmless, right? But did you know that the microbeads in your favorite facial wash, or toothpaste can have an awful effect to marine life? These microplastics are so tiny and can be hard to filter by sewage systems so it ends up in bodies of water like the sea. Then the microbeads can be ingested by aquatic creatures thinking it was food. You can use other natural alternatives instead, like whole oats, jojoba seeds, sugar, or grounded coffee. If you are not the DIY type, you can still look for more natural alternatives for your beauty regimen.
3. Eating with single-use utensils
Each time you bring a take-out meal from fast-food restaurants, you are contributing to the 2.7 million tons of plastic that are being produced here in the Philippines alone. Instead of using plastic straws for your drinks, try investing in metal straws. Bringing your own food at school is also a good way to lessen your plastic consumption, plus the benefits of having healthier options since you have the chance to prepare the meal yourself.
4. Not recycling your old jeans
Did you know that it takes 1,800 gallons of water to make a pair of jeans? Aside from sewing, the distinct blue color of your denim undergoes dyeing, pre-washing, and pressing that consumes a large amount of water. The next time you decide to clean your closet, you can actually repurpose your old jeans and create bags, wallets, potholders, and a whole lot more from one denim pair!
5. Throwing chewing gum anywhere
80-90% of chewing gums are not properly disposed. In fact, it is the second most common form of litter next to cigarette butts. These sweet little munchies are actually made from non-biodegradable polymers which are synthetic plastics. When you toss your chewing gums on the sidewalk, they just sit there until removed. Not mentioning the time-consuming process of removing them, chewing gums can also enter bellies of animals like fishes. When you finish chewing the gum, find a trash can where you can throw it instead on spitting it anywhere or worse, sticking it under a table or chair!
What you do every day will make a great impact in everybody’s life in the long run. By consciously adjusting a few small habits, you can help save Mother Nature!
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