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)
(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.
I always wonder what it’s like to have a career as a traveller that allows one to hop on a plane and fly around the world as easy and frequent as taking a bus. To casually cross countries like moving across buildings. I wonder how those people feel to have their realities shift ever so often. Do people get use to it eventually? I’ve lived in Bangkok for almost the entire 21 years of my life but I still felt slightly dazed and jet lagged returning here after being away for a year. Maybe it was the sudden change in climate, from Brisbane’s cool winter breeze to Bangkok’s blazing summer sun or the three hours delay in time zone? I don’t really know. Still, this slight daze and jet lag doesn’t stop me from waking up at 6am and hitting the Spring Epicurean Farmers Market at 8am the very next day. Such was my love for good food and markets 😀