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[Thematic report]: Environment and Me

by Oksana Zavaliy | 07-08-2020 00:34 recommendations 0

About two years ago I moved out of my parents' house and started to live in my own flat. After a few months of buying my own groceries and taking the trash out every few days, it hit me. The realization that I am no better than those people who cannot take their trash to a garbage can. I may not litter but I still use a ton of single use plastic that is undoubtedly going to end up in the landfills.

I decided that it was time to hold myself accountable. I found an environmental organization in my city which makes recycling accesible to all citizens. I started learning about different types of plastic and how to distinguish between them, started collecting it instead of throwing it away. Then, I started volunteering at that organization and help other people make the world a little cleaner. I have been doing it for over a year now saving around 400kg of trash from being stored somewhere at the outskirts of the city for hundreds of years.

The next step was getting rid of single use plastic altogether. As for now I have a bamboo brush, a set of eco-bags, a crystal deodorant that I found in our zero waste shop, a reusable glass bottle, a set of containers for buying unpackaged goods. My next goal is to switch to a menstrual cup as menstrual products are highly toxic for environment and there is no sustainable way of disposing of them.

My latest contribution was shopping in thrift shops. Fashion industry is extremely harmful for our planet and there are very few ways for us to change it. When I need base clothes (jeans, T-shirts, etc.) that I know I am going to wear for a long time, I go to an expensive shop that sells high quality stuff. In other cases, I prefer to go to a thrift shop. It can be cheaper and is certainly more sustainable than buying a new piece of clothing from a mass market shop.

I know there are still many things I need to change about my life but I think even small steps help greatly. The most important part is not to give up and to educate people around you.

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  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings Oksana
    I hope you are doing well
    Thank you so much for this report
    Green cheers
    Keep writing
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 20-09-2020 21:13

  • Sang Su Mentor says :
    Hi Oksana Zavaliy, this is a mentor, Sang Su Lee.

    Thank you for all your activities that contribute to the environment a lot. I really appreciate them! Small acts that I can do right now can change the world if they are combined altogether.

    Green cheers!
    Posted 17-08-2020 00:23

  • Shobita Neupane says :
    Hello Oksana!
    You have always made big contribution to the sustainability. Thank you for the writing. Continue good work
    Posted 12-08-2020 17:45

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Oksana

    Greetings and Namaste from Nepal
    Wishing you a safe stay
    Thank you for your report on your activities to protect the environment

    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.
    Green Cheers :)

    Best wishes,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 09-08-2020 22:29

  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Thank you for the report!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 07-08-2020 21:39

  • Bal krishna Pandey says :
    Hello Oksana,
    I am very happy to read your event related to environment.Small step can influence in a great way.
    Thank you very much for your report.

    Posted 07-08-2020 17:32

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Oksana Zavaliy, this is mentor Taehyun!

    You are working hard to protect the environment! That was a great physical report! In particular, it would not have been easy to feel the problem of everyday behavior that you were doing, but the process of raising questions about yourself and trying to fix them seems really valuable and wonderful. Especially, it was cool to explain the problem you were trying to change by using specific data so that others could understand!

    Thank you for the report!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 07-08-2020 12:00

Sonika Pariyar

  • Sonika Pariyar says :
    Hello Oksana!

    I hope you are fine and doing great!
    I really enjoy reading your report and relate it with myself. I also moved away from my parents 2 years ago and I too realize the thing you shared.Its great to know how you changes your habits.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Green cheers from Nepal!

    Posted 07-08-2020 10:52

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