ra-ra-Ra-ra-ra (Part Three of Five)

Thursday, October 05, 2017
Photo: Daily Mail Online

A high school teacher always said that anything worth doing is worth doing well. I will take the statement a step further and say that in a similar manner, anything worth using is worth using well. Things are meant to be used, so use them to their fullest purpose.

In refusing what you don't really need and reducing what you use, a logical next step would be to reuse what you already have. If you're like me and are trying to achieve zero-waste, you can start by optimizing what's already there.

My favorite things to reuse are plastic containers, water bottles, and the ubiquitous eco bag. Plastic containers are present in almost every household, and if reused properly, can have a positive impact on the environment. Environmentalists might shun me for promoting plastics, but in my perspective, if you already have it, you might as well use it. Make your wallet happy and refrain from buying more things, unless you really need them.

Imagine how much waste you can reduce when you use an eco bag, or refuse a straw, or a paper/plastic bag. I shudder to think of how much waste I could have generated if I carelessly accepted everything offered to me. I'm not just talking about the more obvious single-use items, but also things like free pens, brochures, or even hotel amenities.

Being aware of what I can reuse and actually doing it can help me refuse and ultimately reduce potential garbage. I commit to start doing three small yet never-been-done-before steps:

  1. Bringing (properly labeled) containers to the supermarket for meat. The supermarket people always put meats in plastic bags, and we throw them away shortly after cooking the meat. I/we can avoid this by bringing our own reusable things.
  2. Switching to a coffee press instead of filters. I particularly like to reuse the single-serve UCC coffee filters until they are porous no more. It might be high time to stop completely when my supplies run out. (Hi co-workers with coffee presses!)
  3. Replacing disposable popcorn containers with reusable ones at the cinema. My baunans should really be a staple in my bag even if it's pretty bulky, so I can eat food I can enjoy without the guilt of its packaging.

If you have other practical zero-waste ideas that I haven't mentioned before, I'd love to hear your ideas! I'd also like to hear if you have any zero-waste success stories. Any win is a still a win!


  1. This is a great post, Bernalou (as per usual)! I personally love to buy my clothes from the ukay-ukay. It's cheaper, you get to support small time vendors and business, and sometimes you chance upon great pieces that would otherwise be waste!

    1. Thanks for the tip, denisedalusong.com! I haven't been to the ukay in years! I've been #blessed with hand-me-downs the last few years.

  2. Thanks for the great tips! I am definitely bringing my reusable container with me everywhere when I go to Korea :) As much as I love Korea, I know they are not eco-friendly with things like single-use plastics.

    1. Yes!!! So happy to hear that! You might want to bring your own sponge and dish soap (if your accommodation doesn't have any). I took my baunan and dish soap to Baguio, but didn't have a sponge or an alternative so I don't think my baunan and utensils were cleaned so well. Good luck and happy eating!

  3. Gotta remember to create my zero-waste kit and bring it everywhere!


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