What?! Another week has passed already? Time is flying by way too fast. I still haven’t really progressed into my green-venture composting challenge like I promised in the last post. Mainly because I’ve just been so busy working on my last senior project (and other assignments) due this upcoming Friday. I’ll definitely get back to it when I finish with all my uni work.
Anyway, so this week, with nothing much to write about. I ask, not force, my boyfriend to embark on this green-venture challenge for me and being the thoughtful kind of guy that he is, he also took the time to reflect and share his experience in the writing below. Over to House..
House’s zero-waste experience
What does it mean to be an environmentally responsible person? Does it mean riding a bicycle to work everyday? Or profusely refusing to buy non-organic goods? Because of the current ever-growing (and ever-changing) climate concerns, and from being inspired by Mai’s ongoing zero-waste attempt, I have decided to embark on my own journey this past week in hope of finding some resolutions to the aforementioned questions. With my busy work schedule as ‘one of those’ office workers, I was intimidated by the thoughts that this commitment would become a burden in terms of inconvenience and unnecessary time-wasting. (Spoiler alert: I was wrong).
How are you guys doing? I hope you are doing better than I am. This past week has been hectic. I’ve been very busy with my last semester of uni and all that needs to be done before graduation. I’m really stressed out, but I think that’s what everyone must have felt before finally getting a hold of that graduate degree.
Still, even though I’m real busy with work and all, I have not abandoned my zero-waste challenge. I’m becoming more and more conscious about any waste I’m producing and despite making small baby-step progress, I have to say I couldn’t be happier with my transition into the zero-waste lifestyle.
So it has been one week since I started my green-venture 30 days zero waste challenge in Bangkok. So far I’ve tried to:
- Not use any plastic, but instead carry my own water bottle and tote bag.
- Not produce food waste, which means finishing my food.
- Start composting
- Learn how to make my own products
- Reduce overconsumption by not buying unnecessary stuff, yup that includes all kinds of shopping.
I am really enjoying this challenge even though it is as hard (or even harder than) as I thought it would be.
Not use any plastic (2/5)
I’ve been carrying around my stainless steel water bottle and a tote bag like I’ve promised. I’ve been doing it everyday. Yet still plastic has been incorporated in a Bangkokian’s life that I still find it hard to detach myself from the system. The other day I went grocery shopping at Gourmet Market in Emporium Shopping Centre. Even though I had my tote bag with me, I still wasn’t paying attention when the cashier lady put all my stuff in a plastic bag and handed it to me. Guess what I did? Yup, I have to shamefully admit that I willingly accepted. It was about 5 minutes after that did I realize what had just happened. It was like using plastic has been so instilled in my daily life that I completely zoned out.
At least once I realized what I did; I transferred all the stuff I bought into my own tote bag before walking back and returning the plastic bag back to the cashier lady. I think you all can imagine the funny look she gave me.
My passion for living a healthy lifestyle is pretty self-explanatory (with the things I post in the blogging space and on instagram). I try to eat good food, aiming for balance, nutrition and organic as often as possible. I do regular exercise, or at least I try to, alternating from time to time between cardio, weight lifting and yoga. I go to bed and wake up early. I don’t smoke. I don’t drink.I would consider myself living a pretty healthy lifestyle. Yet, my way of living exemplifies the concept of health on a more individualized and personal level.
Not until recently did I watch the documentary Cowspiracy that I was introduced to a whole new concept of health. This documentary makes me wonder if humans are now too fixated on their own health that they are causing harm to their own natural habitat. We are told to eat animals for its high protein content, but are oblivious to the cost of raising them. Watching Cowspiracy and other environment documentaries out there made me start to worry about the health of our planet. Health of nature, the system of which sustains us and other existing life forms. I feel like I want to do something, even if it’s just a small thing and might not make a major impact on a larger scale. I feel like if I’m going to be against the system, then I might as well live my life according to my values. Luckily, a friend of mine introduced me to this girl, Laura Singer, who is living a zero-waste lifestyle. Yes, she is literally living her life producing practically no waste.
Crazy as this may sound but it inspires me to follow her zero-waste path. Sounds impossible to do right? Especially living in a metropolitan city such as Bangkok where plastic is so integrated in everyday life, from supermarkets shopping bags, food wrappers, water bottles and take-away boxes, just to name a few. Still, I want to take on the challenge. I would call it my green-venture, for the next 30 days I will try to live my life (almost) zero-waste in Bangkok. In this 30 days I will try to:
- Not use any plastic – carry my own water bottle and tote bag.
- Not produce food waste – finish my food.
- Start composting
- Learn how to make my own products
- Reduce overconsumption – not buy unnecessary stuff, yup that includes all kinds of shopping.
You might think if I’m going to do this seriously then why the hell am I not going vegan? I will first try to eat a mostly plant-based diet. I do realize that change does not occur overnight, so I’m going to first go easy on myself and take this one step at a time. Within these 30 days I will post my reflection on my experience trying to start a (almost) zero-waste lifestyle in Bangkok. Hopefully I can share with you guys some helpful information that will inspire anyone of you to take the same first step.
I’m pretty new at this so if any of you have some interesting tips to share with me then please do! (you can comment or #mygreenventure)
Are any of you guys out there happens to be a breakfast foodie? Well I am. I love breakfast food. Go check out my pinterest and you’ll see a whole board dedicated to all things breakfast, (while lunch or dinner food are clumped into one single board). When I think of breakfast, it’s a two way street: sweet or savoury. For a sweet breakfast I usually think of buckwheat pancakes, overnight oats, peanut butter and honey on toast. However, if someday I’m craving something savoury, I usually think of eggs. Whether it’s scrambled eggs, omelette, eggs benedict or a simple eggs on toast.
(All photos taken at Na Aroon Organic Thai Restaurant)
This space has been left emptied for far too long so I thought it’s about time I brush off the dust and start filling them. A lot has happened since my last blog post. I finally graduated from UQ and have moved back home to Bangkok. Looking back I definitely miss my experience in Australia. I’ve met so many incredible and passionate individuals many of whom have taught and inspired me on so many levels. It’s only when I’m home in my natural comfort zone that I started to realize that one and a half year in Australia has completely changed my mindset towards, life, people and most importantly myself.
One of the biggest values that have been stuck with me since living in Australia is the idea of eating organic. Sure I’ve always been interested in the idea of eating healthy, filling my diet with fruits, vegetables and a good balance of all the macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, proteins). I know that good food can be used to nourish my physical body. But the idea of eating organic has always screamed expensive and unaffordable to a poor uni girl like myself.
As much as I am an explorer when it comes to trying new cuisine, I’m not so much so when it comes to trying new restaurants. Whenever I’m in charge of choosing a place to dine, I would initially aim to try a new place, a place that I’ve always wanted to try. But almost always, after a while I would later on change my mind and go to the restaurants I’ve been to in the past and one that I know for sure would consistently give great service and serve me delicious food. To put in simply, I like to play it safe.