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6 tips for a plastic-free and eco-friendly lifestyle

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We understand that in this modern day, convenience triumphs everything. Regardless of which lifestyle you opt for yourself, there will be moments where you would need to make a quick decision based off urgency.

Some of these scenarios can’t be helped. For instance, a working woman could not ignore the use of sanitary pad during her “special days” of the month, a shopper could honestly forget to carry a tote bag and sometimes you are handed a free gift which you are incline to take. What do you do in these situations?

It is advisable to take a second to reflect on how your action could affect the world. The best lifestyle is one that is sustainable and green. Youth Today’s Va Sonyka shares her experiences and tips for plastic-free and eco-friendly lifestyle that everyone can apply in their daily lives. 

Use sanitary napkin instead of sanitary pad: A sanitary pad could take at least up to 500 years to decompose. In order to reduce the impacts on the environment, some female environmental activists have gone back to the traditional way of using sanitary napkin during menstruation. The sanitary napkin has been invented to make women’s lives better and yes, by doing so you will do your part in saving the environment. With sanitary napkin, consumers can use it more than once after washing. You can fashion one yourself or simply purchase it from a local startup group, Green Lady Cambodia.

Use reusable water bottle instead of recycled bottle: One of the trendiest green moves is reusable water bottles. Not only are they attractive but they can help you save money too. There are many reasonably-priced quality water bottles that are sold in the local markets in Phnom Penh and also online. Thanks to the new trend, reusable water bottle has become a helpful tool in reducing the number of plastic bottles that are polluting the rivers. By spending less than $5, you’d be able to get a cool, customisable water bottle that will keep you hydrated all day long. Mother Earth will thank you too.

Use a tote bag instead of plastic bag: Have you ever asked yourself, why did you have to bring back home a lot of plastic bags after shopping? And why did you have to spend $0.10 for a plastic bag that you will never use again? In order to live the zero-waste lifestyle, you should always having a tote bag with you when going shopping. It is a good habit as you’ll be able to save your money and also the environment at the same time. A good quality tote bag would only cost you around $2.50 and can be used for at least one whole year, depending on its quality. Get one today!


Don’t use plastic straw: It’s only one straw, said eight million people. But how long more are we going to continue this? A video of plastic straw stuck in a turtle’s nostril went viral on social media previous year because it shows how bad things are due to our bad habit. The price of plastic straw is cheap but the amount used every day around the world is too much to the point it harms the environment. So, what do we use instead of plastic straw? There are options such as reasonably-priced bamboo straws that you can get at supermarket and some natural product stores. If you want to have a straw that can you use for a longer period, opt for metal straw which only costs $1.50.



Don’t accept unnecessary free stuff: It’s hard to reject freebies even though you know that you are not going to use it. Have you noticed that at the end of the day, you will find your room in a mess because of the many things that you have no use for? Unnecessary freebies will later become trash that will go to the dumpsite. We would like to advise you against taking any more free stuff that you don’t need, because a small action from you will also help reduce the burden of waste of the world.

Don’t throw it, compost it: What do you do with your kitchen waste? The standard answer is to chuck them. Now it’s time to stop throwing away your kitchen waste and start an eco-friendly habit by composing them. The compost you make from your kitchen waste can be used as organic fertiliser for your small garden. In order to start a composing routine, you would only need to have a small bin or a designated small area in your backyard to store your kitchen waste. Later in a month, you can fertilise your favourite plants with your homemade compost. Enjoy composting and gardening!

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