Zero-Hero­ine

CLEO (Singapore) - - LIFE -

25-year-old Maria Tan leads a zero-waste life­style – that means ev­ery­thing she uses leaves no im­pact on the earth. She tells us just how she goes about it. When I was a stu­dent in Lon­don, I be­came more aware of how un­nec­es­sary su­per­mar­ket plas­tic bags were and de­cided to start bring­ing a reusable tote bag. Then I watched a YouTube video by Lau­ren Singer on how she lives a zero-waste life­style and that in­stantly clicked with me. The abil­ity to sim­plify my life while sup­port­ing an [eco-friendly life­style] be­came a pri­or­ity, and I started swap­ping ev­ery­day dis­pos­able items for reusable ones. The first thing is to know your enemy – col­lect your trash for a week and record what kind of trash you gen­er­ate, then tackle it step-by-step. Start with low-hang­ing fruit like dis­pos­able plas­tic bags and cof­fee cups. Then, go room-to-room in your house. Or­ganic cot­ton reusable pads are good for both the en­vi­ron­ment and my sen­si­tive skin, and since I’ve started us­ing them, my pe­ri­ods have been smoother and less painful. Yes, I have to spend a cou­ple of min­utes wash­ing them, but the ben­e­fits out­weigh the costs for sure. I’ve man­aged to live this way while work­ing full-time and have never felt hap­pier and more sat­is­fied with my life – so, yes! It re­ally is a mat­ter of chang­ing your mind­set and tak­ing that first step, be­cause once ev­ery­thing be­comes rou­tine, you won’t even miss the “con­ve­nience” of us­ing dis­pos­ables. Maria is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the In­come Eco Run 2018 as a Zero Waste Run­ner and is work­ing with them to re­duce waste gen­er­a­tion dur­ing their up­com­ing runs and pre-events. The In­come Eco Run hap­pens on April 29 at the F1 Pit Build­ing. For de­tails, visit www.in­come.com.sg.

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