Ever since Broccoli Revolution introduced the concept of morning glory straws and Ecotopia launched its viral #strawlesschallenge, there’s been a rising trend in eco-friendly lifestyle initiatives. If you’ve been out of your house at all in recent months, chances are you’ve spotted the hip and reusable Yeti cups or a colourful stainless-steel straw. While we no doubt love new trends in food and fashion, it’s encouraging to see trends taking a more meaningful turn towards bringing about positive change. As local restaurants begin joining the green-life movement, here are some easy steps on how you can also change your lifestyle for the better.
1. Get yourself a plastic-bottle/cup alternative.
Getting yourself an eco-friendly, reusable bottle-slash-tumbler is an easy foray into leading a more environmentally-conscious lifestyle. It’s also a great way to stay hydrated and add some aesthetic to your office desk. The next time you’re at Starbucks, use your own portable mug for your cuppa to-go.
2. Reusable straws.
Simply skipping out on the straw with your next java can make a far bigger difference than you would think. A one-use straw typically takes over two centuries to break down fully and even then results in miniscule toxic pieces. Good news is, there are a lot of quality stainless-steel straws available out there in the market. They even come in varying sizes at Broccoli Revolution so bubble-tea lovers can also partake in stepping up for mother nature. We suspect glass straws will be entering the Thai market soon as well, so eco-conscious shoppers stay tuned.
3. Drive a hybrid.
Hybrid cars run on a two-powered engine that combines fuel with an alternative energy source—usually rechargeable battery. In recent years, they’ve become much more common, with more accessibility to charging stations throughout the city. Siam Paragon even has a AAS Porsche E-Hybrid Charging station, specifically servicing E-Hybrid Porsches on its G floor parking lot. Offering better gas mileage, hybrid cars help you cut down on fuel consumption and conserve energy, providing you with a greener commute.
4. Take the eco-friendly route when eating out.
The restaurant scene is also quick to respond to the eco-friendly trend. From Patom’s veggie straws to Organic Supply’s no-bag policy, other dining venues are gradually getting the memo and taking their own steps into sustainability. If you want to be a little more serious about going green, go vegan. Even if just for one day a week. It is actually the single biggest way an individual can reduce their impact on the environment, as the human-demand driven meat and dairy industry is the world's biggest pollutant.
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5. Bring the organic mindset back into your home kitchen.
Of course, going green shouldn’t need a dine-out occasion to act upon. The next time you’re at Gourmet Market or getting groceries at Villa, spend a bit more time choosing ingredients that are locally sourced and grown organically. Simply changing up what you choose for your kitchen can have a profound impact on both your health and the environment.
6. Be more ethical with your makeup routine.
We switch our makeup and beauty products constantly, but rarely do we stop and think about how that new concealer is affecting the environment. Become a conscientious beauty guru while keeping your face on fleek by making sure that your go-to beauty brands don’t test on animals and also don’t contain any toxic ingredients. We’ve made it easy for you by gathering a list of vegan and cruelty-free beauty products you can find at Sephora here.
7. Go cruelty-free and fair-trade when gift shopping.
When looking for gifts, why not splurge on something that falls under the cruelty-free, fair-trade and eco-friendly categories? Siam Discovery’s fourth floor now houses the hip Ecotopia—an eco-friendly zone that offers anything and everything from organic clothes to green tech and chemical-free products. A lot of the products are made by locals, so not only will your purchase have a positive impact on your local community but the handmade, recycled/renewed nature of the products means you’ve also made a more eco-friendly, sustainable choice.
8. Go glamping.
Take the eco-tourism route on your next vacation. If you aren’t quite ready, why not try your hand at glamping? Not only does it provide a luxurious yet also one-of-a-kind immersive experience that lets you fully surround yourself in nature and culture, but it also helps you lessen your carbon-footprint during your getaway. The temporary characteristic of glamping accommodation minimes the negative impact you have on the surrounding environment compared to building massively intrusive five-star hotels, and more often than not the infrastructure of glamping tents is designed to adapt harmoniously with the local landscape. Check out glamping.com.
9. Be aware of what you are consuming and know how to say no.
Sometimes you don’t realise how much we are wasting until you make it a point to be actively conscious regarding personal consumption. Ask yourself the basic questions as you go about everyday life. Does that extra plastic bag actually help make things easier, or is it just another hassle to have to carry and later throw-away? A big part of why it can be hard to lead the green life as a BKK dweller is because it’s just so easy not to be eco-friendly. As the country begins its gradual, albeit Instagram-oriented green revolution, you should also take a stand. Don’t just go with the flow, if you don’t need that plastic bag say no.
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