Sustainable Living in Thailand
Topics about sustainability, mindful practices, recycling, regifting, repairing, recovering, reducing and refusing will be posted.
Thailand with some other Asian countries is one of the main plastic ocean polluters worldwide. Our way of living endangers the water quality, marine animal life as well as land animals, our health and surrounding. The problem stems from us taking from the world what we want rather than what we need. We want more money, bigger homes, better cars, best for our children, imported foods, travel and on and on. We are blinded by our ignorance and greed, though we intellectually understand how damaging our excessive lifestyle is to our planet and society and our future.
Approximately two years ago the 'anti-plastic' campaign in Thailand was born and refill and so-called zero plastic shops around Bangkok opened. That anti-plastic awareness was my wake-up call and catalyst to make more mindful choices and I began looking for more earth-friendly products, which have a less hazardous impact on our environment. Staying informed about trends and tips also helps to stay environmentally minded. Knowledge is power.
How can we practice mindfulness living?
Start practice mindfulness when shopping and buy
things that matter. Ask yourself do you really need it.
Before buying anything think about how it will impact the
environment when you throw it away. Develop an
awareness of how much you really need. Learn about the
product’s ingredients, packaging, production process, and
As consumers, we often make decisions on auto-pilot,
based on affordable prices and convenience. But the
cheapest price and our own convenience is not always the
eco-friendliest choice for the environment. For example
1) buying products which are produced with fair trade conditions. They seem at the beginning more expensive, but they were created with strong ethics, lasting and earth-friendly materials which are intended to serve you for decades.
2) buying local produce. Be kind and supportive to our environment and our society. Support local farmers, empower the people around you. The way you spend your money has a great impact on the society.
3) buying more seasonal produce and by doing so reduce your carbon footprint.
Focus on Progress. Not Perfection
I take sustainable living one step at a time. I go on with my own pace to develop eco-conscious habits. I started with simple goals (e.g. I swapped liquid soap to soap bars, or swapped plastic toothbrushes to bamboo toothbrushes, etc.) which I could achieve easily. Once I was used to the process, the new routine or the new product, I added one or two more new goals into my life.
You can do it too. Keep in mind sustainable living isn’t a competition. Just enjoy the process of achieving your green goals. Every action counts. It’s okay to have setbacks. Just keep going, trying and don’t give up.