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Minimizing Carbon Footprint

Lessening one’s carbon footprint is a side effect of practicing minimalism. But not everyone (possibly due to social constraints or environment) can’t fully practice minimalism. It’s okay but if one really wants to somehow make some impact (no matter how small, it still helps) then here are a few suggestions.

Carpool or Public Transportation

It literally saves on carbon emissions from car usage. People get to socialize or interact with other individuals, too. But it’s not advisable during a pandemic so better stay indoors as much as possible.

Cloth Masks

Speaking of pandemic, surgical masks can rake up in the garbage during pandemic times so it’s best to opt for a washable, cloth mask instead.

wear cloth mask

Paper Stems for Cotton Swabs

Use paper stems rather than the common plastic stems. The plastic ones aren’t quite recyclable and can add up to the earth’s microplastic problem.

Silicone Stretch Lids

Instead of using cling wrap which is not recyclable, silicone stretch lids are washable, reusable, and affordable. 


There are lots of DIY craft videos online for very old shirts, shoes, bags, or whatever one may have instead of quickly disposing of them. If deemed still looking in tip top shape, why not donate? “Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Bulk Buying

The truth is, the more one purchases, the more trash he/she produces (yes, those paper tags and their plastic loop locks count). To avoid disposing so much packaging, it’s best to shop in bulk like laundry soap, shampoo, lotion, perfume, and such.


Soap bars and shampoo bars (even conditioners are now available) have less packaging, and are usually wrapped in paper rather than plastic so it’s best to choose those over bottled ones. Perfume bars are available, too.

Here’s another tip, shopping on Plain allows one to donate to tree planting efforts for every successful purchase. Try online shopping without the guilt at Plain -- shipping worldwide, accepting various payment methods. Be Plain. Wear Plain.

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