Attainable sustainable choices

USE eco bags instead of plastic ones. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF UNSPLASH/PRISCILLA PREEZ

There are more ways to attain sustainability than to just cut down a person’s meat consumption.

If the strong shift towards fresh produce is any indication that Filipinos are now taking their lifestyle habits seriously, then it is safe to assume that people are also ready to make simple everyday choices as sustainable as possible.

It’s in the bag

Reusable eco bags are much sturdier than plastic ones. You never have to worry about it ripping even if you have it full to the brim.

Plastics take a lot of years to decompose. Meaning, all that’s been produced sadly ends up in every possible corner of the world before it completely breaks down. It could have a lasting effect on the environment.

ALWAYS check a product’s label. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF EUFIC.ORG

Compost scraps

According to the World Wildlife Fund Philippines, an estimated 2,175 tons of food scraps in Metro Manila alone are thrown every day. As much as possible, don’t discard these scraps but compost them instead.

Composted food scraps are beneficial to make a nutrient-rich soil for your garden. Corn stalks, sawdust, grass clippings, vegetable scraps or coffee grounds when mixed with the right amount of water, oxygen and microorganisms such as bacteria, molds and fungi can make up a perfect fertilizer.

Label says what

Make sense of how your food choices impact the environment by regularly checking a product’s label. There’s more to it aside from its manufacturing date and expiration.

FOOD scraps can make a perfect soil fertilizer. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF UNSPLASH/CHANDRA OH

Where did the ingredients you bought for your breakfast, lunch and dinner come from? Did it need harmful gases such as methane for it to be cultivated? How was it packaged? Were the materials used at least recyclable?

It doesn’t hurt to be mindful of these things. According to ourworldindata.org, food production accounts for approximately 26 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions.

As much as possible, choose also products from companies that pay its laborers a fair wage. After all, sustainability is not just about the environment but also the welfare of the people living in it.

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