With the cleaner, greener living offered by the Metro South, East Bay Residences inspires residents to live a little more sustainably. An environment that promotes a family-friendly and active lifestyle simply makes one more thoughtful when it comes to the future, and certainly more conscious of how to live a life that’s more beneficial to the world around us.
As the new year presents us a clean slate to work with, it’s the perfect time to espouse good habits, be it creating less waste in our units or using up less energy when we’re outside of our condos. With this list of possibilities compiled by THE START, there are definitely ways big and small that we can live better at home so the earth feels more welcome in it.
Planning that’s palatable
With planning comes precision, especially in controlling how much waste we create and lessening our carbon footprint. Effective meal planning can be done on a weekly or monthly basis and can revolve around ingredients chosen for their versatility. For example, the family can opt for two viands for the week that can yield a number of dishes.
Select an ingredient that can be used in another dish, such as chicken thighs that can star in Italian chicken cacciatore or Middle Eastern chicken-thigh kebabs. A secondary ingredient like the tomato sauce in the cacciatore can be used in pasta for the family’s packed or weekend lunches. By pre-selecting our recipes for a period, using one shopping trip for these, and pre-cooking dishes and freezing them for later use, we can effectively reduce our carbon footprint and avoid dining out that can be both wasteful and less wholesome.
Reusability to reduce stress and rescue the planet
Following from planning what we buy more efficiently is the packaging that results because of this. While shopping totes have become more ubiquitous in the Philippines, using them requires a little more commitment than just occasional accessorizing. In fact, reusability is a characteristic we need to prioritize when selecting the things we use, especially on a daily basis.
Start with your routine: which items can benefit the environment from being reusable? For the purpose of quenching our thirst, be it for workouts or mealtimes, perhaps a reusable water bottle would suffice; there are also reusable straws and coffee cups that can cut our use of everything from disposable Starbucks cups to soda straws. Even when we simplify our wardrobes to include more minimalist pieces, you can guarantee less of a carbon footprint (and the plus of less time wasted in selecting our outfits).
Room for growth
Finding new ways to use old items, be it fashion or furniture, is a fun, creative challenge. But there’s also the stuff we consume on a daily basis that could use a more pragmatic approach. While recycling is a necessary practice, the lack of outlets for this begs us to take things into our own hands. There is, of course, composting, where we can use scraps as fertilizer to grow a garden in our own homes. With a little patience, this step-by-step can turn organic waste into wondrous veggies so that even trips to the supermarket can be cut out of our routines.
Find time to unplug
Imagine how much energy we consume just by keeping idle appliances and electronics plugged into a socket. All that can contribute to at least 10 percent of your home’s electricity usage. Energy conservation is easy with an investment in power strips that give us more streamlined control of power used. Or simply unplug what you’re not using starting with the things you charge on a daily basis. Save power, empower the future—it’s that simple.