- Bring Your Own Bag
One of the biggest pollutants harming our environment is plastic. In fact, it takes about 500 years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill, after which it photo-degrades and becomes microplastics that absorb toxins and continue to pollute the environment. To reduce the number of plastics in landfills and in the ocean, you can start by bringing your own reusable bags when you go shopping.
- Avoid Disposables in the Kitchen
Like plastic bags, disposables such as plastic cutlery and cling film also worsen the pollution problems we’re currently dealing with. While it certainly is tempting to use disposables in the kitchen and forego the tedious process of cleaning, we should think twice about the consequences of the actions before reaching for them. Instead, you can opt for reusable kitchenware such as glassware and stainless steel containers.
- Don’t Waste Food
Did you know that Thailand produces around 27 million tonnes of waste every year and around 60% of it is food? If you find yourself filling up your bin with expired food products, then you might need to rethink your shopping habits. One way you can avoid that is by buying only what is necessary on your grocery trips in small or required quantities. You can also be more mindful of the quantity of food you cook so that there are no leftovers that are forgotten in the fridge and eventually thrown out.
- Donate Things You Don’t Need
Do you have a few things you no longer need or use? Instead of throwing them all out, you can donate clothes, shoes, accessories, kitchenware, electrical appliances, and anything else that is in good condition to people in need across Phuket. In fact, there are many charities and NGOs across the island like Phuket Red Cross and Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation that accept donations.
- Buy Second Hand Over New
Since children outgrow their clothes pretty quick, it’s no surprise that children’s clothing makes up a considerable portion of textile waste produced not just in Thailand, but all over the world. If you’re a parent who needs to go shopping for your little ones who no longer fit into their clothes, you could consider buying secondhand pieces of clothing. That way, you’ll not just save money, but you’ll also save the world!
- Choose Paperless Billing
When you go shopping, ask for electronic bills instead of paper bills if that option is available. If you’re worried about missing payments, you can add the due dates of all pending invoices to your calendar or set up automated payments.
- Set Up Recycling Stations At Home
If you’ve got the space, it would be a great idea to set up a simple recycling station. All you need are three containers—one for plastic, one for paper, and one for aluminium. You can then have all your family members separate the trash and put them in the different containers accordingly so you can recycle all the waste once or twice a week.
What are some of your eco-friendly habits for reducing waste at home? Leave a comment and let us know!