Eco-Friendly Friday: Holiday Edition

It’s Christmastime once again! My favorite time of the year!

A lady I watched in a video last week called this season “a time of indulgence”. It is during this time when people go all out on their cooking (of hearty main courses and desserts, especially), decorating, gift-giving, and thoughtfulness. People who are supposedly on a diet can only ever try to go on a diet during this holiday. LOL.

Another thing I think this season is a time of, though, is excess. In the process of going all out, a lot of things get wasted along the way — food, gifts, wrappers, fruitcakes — to name a few. And in the spirit of ho ho honoring Mother Earth (next to Jesus, of course), I would like to share with you a few things you can do this season to be thoughtful not just to other people, but to the earth as well. 🙂

(Special thanks to fellow Planeteers E & T for chipping in ideas for this entry!)

1. BRING THAT ECO BAG! 

You’re sure to be buying a lot of stuff this holiday season, so make sure you bring your eco bag with you to store all those items in! Unless of course you’re buying from a branded shop and you specifically want their shopping bags to serve as your wrapper.

2. USE OLD MAGAZINES/NEWSPAPERS/PAPER BAGS AS WRAPPERS.

I’ve been wrapping my gifts with old magazine pages for a long time now. Got the idea off one of Candy magazine’s articles. I have not bought a single wrapping paper since.

Not sure if got this idea from me (LOL WOW) but she wrapped her gifts in magazine paper this year too! Here’s a peek at her finished product:

YAY! :D (Credits to T for the picture!)
YAY! 😀 (Credits to T for the picture!)

Been quite lazy to sort through my old magazine pile this year so I opted to just use old paper bags to place my gifts in. The other night, I found myself going through our paper/plastic bags pile to look for the perfect paper bags for my gifts. This was what I discovered:

An impressive(ly dismal) collection of trash.
An impressive collection of trash. Que horror.

Gosh. My obsessive-compulsiveness definitely kicked in at this point so I ended up sorting all these by size and usability. Proud to say we now have an organized collection of presentable, reusable bags.

This, kids, is what happens when you don’t bring an eco bag. I cringe at the thought of all the trees I have helped kill. 🙁

3. GIVE PRACTICAL GIFTS

Self-explanatory. Give gifts that can either be consumed or utilized right away. Aim to not have your gift placed in storage, never to see the light of day. You’re not only wasting money, you’re wasting your friend’s time. #truth

Better yet, why not pool your gift money and give it to charity?

4. DON’T WASTE FOOD.

So much food goes to waste every year; Christmas season probably being the biggest culprit. Don’t cook too much food or get something off the noche buena/media noche table which you can’t finish. Keep in mind that not everyone will be eating as heartily as you this Christmas.

5. SET A SPECIFIC TIME FOR YOUR LIGHTS TO BE ON.

This season will never be complete without them Christmas blinkies. But do set a time for them to be on, so as to conserve energy. 🙂

Christmas at Covent Garden last year. :)
Christmas at Covent Garden last year. 🙂

6. DON’T BUY FIREWORKS

Please. They’re bad for your lungs and the environment. If you really NEED to make noise, buy a toy horn instead. Or use your car’s horn at the stroke of midnight. 🙂


 

If you have any more tips, do share them! 🙂 Have a Happy Christmas, wanderers! Here’s a picture of Spunky Clause and his awkward smile.

Heh.
Heh.

Eco-Friendly Friday: So what now?

The leaders of our nations recently convened at Paris for the Climate Change Summit. In its wake surfaced a couple of videos on the subject, informing the public about the current state and effects of climate change on us. I saw this one in particular just this morning.

A long, long time ago, I mentioned that I consider myself to be a bit of an environmentalist. The school I graduated from had long instilled in us the value of recycling and upcycling, as well as cleaning up after our own messes (in more ways than one, ooh). I can say with confidence that most of my school friends are definitely aware of the impact of our actions on the environment. This is also probably why I claim to be just a bit of an environmentalist —  because I personally know a few people who are more proactive and big picture-oriented when it comes to addressing these said environmental issues.

Anyway, so I watched this video, right? And after it made me feel scared for my future in this world as well as for the generations to come, it left me feeling irritated. Irritated because the media keeps bombarding us with documentaries and highfalutin articles about climate change, but never enough on how to actually do something about it. How we, as common individuals, can help reduce Mother Earth’s stress. That, or the people on my feed just really like sharing links such as this to elicit a response, without necessarily being the catalysts of change themselves.

So, alright, we already know that the ozone layer is damaged. We can already feel the effects on the weather, with Manila temperature still hitting 33 degrees celsius at this time of year… or typhoons still passing through our country as late as October. So what have we been doing to help this? Are you doing something? Have you seen the videos? How are you taking it?

I’m not going to go on preach mode ’cause I haven’t exactly done anything big or whatever to change how things are run environment-wise. But then again, the little things can go a long way. I’m personally tired of being all John Mayer-y and just wait on the world to change. Laws in our country take decades to pass and years to carry out so I’m not counting on that just yet. Though I’m quite happy that some corporations in our country are already doing their fair share of environmentally-friendly initiatives.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that change needs to ultimately start with us. So to get the ball rolling, I’d like to share with you some of the things we have been doing here at home to cut our carbon footprint. I’ll try to post a couple more in the future as a means as well of hopefully living a greener life. If you have been doing some environmentally-friendly actions in your own homes, please do share. Crowdsourcing is the way to go in this type of situation. I am happy and very much willing to learn from all of you!

Image taken from Google.
(Image from Google)

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