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10 Ways to Live a More Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

By Steph Esguerra-Olarte for Belo Medical Group on May 3, 2021

Climate change is real, and if we were to diagnose the planet’s health, it hasn’t exactly been what you’d call “physically fit.” More animal species are going extinct, there’s smog in the city, and don’t get us started about the amount of plastic littering the ocean. The good thing is that with little tweaks in our daily life, these can altogether make a difference to help slow down these changes. Here are just a few ways we can live a more sustainable and an eco-friendly lifestyle.

  1. Opt for solid personal care products.

Try using personal care products that don’t come in the usual sachet or plastic bottle. There’s a ton of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion bars available in the market to choose from, and they come in amazing fragrances. It takes getting used to, but you’ll be helping the planet a lot while still taking care of your skin and hair.

  1. Try using a menstrual cup.

More and more women are using menstrual cups and are raving about them. That’s because you can wear them when you go swimming, when you go to sleep, they’re easy to clean, plus, you don’t have to toss them in the garbage after every use. They’re made out of rubber or silicone which can last up to 10 years.

  1. Use a canvas or reusable bag for doing the groceries.

While some supermarkets will pack your groceries in cardboard boxes or paper bags (if not plastic), this is still stuff that will go in the trash soon enough. Try bringing a reusable bag that comes in a washable fabric like canvas—so you can carry those groceries minus the guilt, and look cool at the same time.

  1. Look for sustainable clothing brands.

If we have fast food, we also have fast fashion, basically referring to low-quality and mass-produced clothes. Consider investing in clothing brands which produce higher-quality items built to last a lifetime (or more).

  1. Support a local zero-waste store.

Zero-waste stores are popping all over the world right now, and you might already have one in your neighborhood. They carry eco-friendly products, and you can even stock up on pantry essentials like condiments, grains, nuts, and other goods by bringing your own reusable container. Amen to that.

  1. Get in touch with organizations that ask for plastic donations.

Like it or not, plastic is a big part of everything we buy. If we’re going to throw them out anyway, we might as well give them to organizations who can turn them into classroom tables and chairs, or even beautiful jewelry.

  1. Use a glass or metal straw. 

Apart from being totally reusable, they look chic, too. Swap these for those plastic straws that come with your iced coffee or milk tea, and hopefully, you’ll never look back, again.

  1. Ride a bike more often.

Cycling is totally in right now, and for all the right reasons. It takes you where you want to go, it gets you to exercise, plus, you get to gulp in fresh air. Also, how cute are those bikes that come with baskets?

  1. Try starting an edible garden.

Became a certified plantita and want to level things up? Try growing herbs and veggies you usually use in cooking and save pesos in the long-term. A little greenery does wonders in making your place look super homey, too.

  1. Give going plant-based a chance.

Incorporating more plant-based options in your diet or adopting it entirely makes a huge difference on the planet (and on your body). It can help lower cholesterol, mellow out your blood sugar, increase your fiber intake, and it ultimately saves the earth a ton of water and greenhouse gases that go to producing food via agricultural land or animal products.

Here’s to honoring Earth, our special (and only) home in the universe. Thanks for doing your part, Belo Beauties!

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