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Eco-war­rior

These ac­tions re­quire some ef­fort and a lit­tle bit of spend­ing power. Think of it as a mi­nor in­con­ve­nience rather than a ma­jor life­style over­haul:

Switch to a cloth pad or men­strual cup

Tra­di­tional pads and tam­pons are an en­vi­ron­men­tal night­mare. The United States En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency says dis­pos­able pe­riod prod­ucts used over a life­time add up to more than 28,000kg of garbage. So in­vest in a re­us­able men­strual cup like the Free­dom Cup. Get one on­line from Redmart. But if you still pre­fer tra­di­tional op­tions, buy re­us­able pads from web­sites like iHerb.

Have a plas­tic-free bath­room

Re­place bot­tled shower gel with nat­u­ral hand­made bar soap. And get a bam­boo tooth­brush.

Get reusables

Stain­less steel straws, $7.90, from Un­packt

Avail­able in bent and straight de­signs.

≥ Pock­eat lunch­box, $39.90 for a 2-litre bag, from Un­packt

It’s fold­able, re­ally com­pact, and per­fect for pack­ing food to go. It’s also heatre­sis­tant, grease­proof and water­proof, so you can use it to hold hot dishes like cooked noo­dles. Store your re­us­able cut­lery in it when you’re done with your meal.

≥ Su­per­bee wax wraps, $34.90, from The Lala Lokal

They’re an eco-friendly al­ter­na­tive to cling film, and are made of cot­ton, pure beeswax, or­ganic co­conut oil, and tree resin.

Stop buy­ing clothes made with plas­tic

Lots of harm­ful chem­i­cals are used to pro­duce syn­thetic fab­rics like ny­lon, polyester and span­dex. Plus, you’re poi­son­ing fish and other wildlife ev­ery time you throw them in the wash. A study by the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Santa Bar­bara found that your clothes shed many tiny fi­bres in the wash­ing ma­chine that end up in our waste wa­ter and could be eaten by aquatic an­i­mals. Check the tags and buy only cloth­ing made from nat­u­ral fi­bres like cot­ton, silk, linen, cash­mere or wool.

Toss that PVC yoga mat

If it cost you less than $30 and gets sticky, it’s prob­a­bly made of polyvinyl chlo­ride (PVC), which has a ma­jor car­bon foot­print. Get a mat made of biodegrad­able ma­te­rial like cork or nat­u­ral rub­ber in­stead.

Do your wet-mar­ket shop­ping with re­us­able sil­i­cone cook bags and cloth pro­duce bags.

≥ Try the Jade Yoga Har­mony Mat 5mm 68in, $128, from www. touch­thetoes.com

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