A big city might be a collection for wastefulness but it does not have to be this way! In a bid to be more environmentally responsible, let’s explore several ways to lead a zero-waste lifestyle in the city.

Go Digital!

There may be many gripes about technology having an increased influence in daily life, but this is a strong argument for its corner. The more people go digital, the less paper and ink is used in printing, and less is therefore thrown away.

Almost everything is accessible online these days, especially in big cities like Manila, Cebu and Davao. If you get your fliers, your bills, and your news all online, this means you will never have to throw any of that away ever again.

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Say NO to Single-Use

The sole purpose of a single-use item is absolutely to be chucked in the bin after one use. It might be convenient, but it does have a significant impact on the sheer volume of waste being disposed of daily.

Surely, you are able to go without that extra straw when ordering a cold drink. And you can also bring your own tumbler if you’re headed out to the coffee shop, right?

This victory for the environment has to begin with each individual.

Say Goodbye to Plastics… sort of

Glitter is a “microplastic” which is not recyclable and worse, is being eaten by marine wildlife.

Plastics have been painted as the villain in many anti-waste campaigns – and rightly so. They are cheap to produce, hence there is a lot of it, and they take forever to decompose, meaning they linger around despite being thrown away.

This, however, can be used to its advantage. Yes, absolutely cut down on the number of plastics consumed, but perhaps reuse the plastics that you do end up having. Plastic bags and bottles are easily repurposed.


At the end of the day, the more important part of living a zero-waste lifestyle is being mindful of a product’s entire lifecycle, and how badly you need it compared to how long it can be useful to you.

If something costs a little more, yet can last longer, and remain useful, it is absolutely worth the investment.

Push for a zero-waste lifestyle and see how good it feels to know that you do not participate in polluting your home. Then later on, be a role model to others so they can do the same!