Going Green - Weekend

Going Green

What being eco-friendly means for Weekend readers

Text: Cassandra C. Poculan

In recent years, more and more people and establishments have embraced sustainable living. By actively choosing to alter their lifestyle, these eco-warriors take steps both big and small in the hopes of preserving this planet for current and future generations. They understand that climate change, global warming and depletion of resources are already taking their toll on the environment, and so they’re doing the best they can to reduce waste and pollution, as well as conserve energy and resources. We ask readers what it truly means to go green.

Jessika Knight, 25
S
ales Executive
Citadines Cebu City

“I started going green back in 2017 when it was a fairly new concept here in Cebu. Aside from the awkward looks I’d get from insisting on having my drink without a straw or eating out while using my own utensils, the most difficult thing about going green for me was always having to remember to bring my zero waste kit (reusable tote bag, water bottle and utensils.) I can’t count how many times I would walk into a grocery store only to realize at the cashier counter that I had left my tote bag at home. Or when I’d go on a trip and realize I had forgotten to bring my reusable water bottle with me. Let’s be honest, going green doesn’t happen overnight so when you make mistakes, don’t be too hard on yourself. Eventually you’ll get the hang of it and always remembering to bring your zero waste kit will  start to feel natural to you — as natural as never leaving your house without your mobile phone. Haha!”

Keith Faunillan, 25
Quality Assurance Specialist
Conduent

“Change is hard. It is. And although I’d like to be encouraging and positive, making my life more sustainable has involved significant expenditures in time and energy. Greener choices aren’t always more convenient. They don’t always work as well as conventional options. They sometimes cost more. And many of them involve significant changes to daily routines. Truth.”

Holly Dawn Dychangco, 29
Interior Designer
HDH Design Studio

“The difficult part of the process when starting anything new is always acting upon it and finding the motivation to why you support a certain cause/movement. With going green, you don’t see the results right away and it really takes discipline and consistency for you to believe in this long-term, sustainable, goal. It’s really in knowing my true intentions and seeing the bigger picture that keeps me motivated. Although this movement is challenging, you have to start somewhere.”

Alexandra Eturma, 27
Branch Manager
ATE by Tatah

“Probably one of the hardest things about being eco-friendly is that it’s a constant choice. Do I have time to wash my facial rounds and wait for them to dry afterwards? Yes/no. The metal straw doesn’t fit in my bag, do I leave it behind and just once use a plastic straw? Yes/no. It can be inconvenient and it takes discipline, but going green is an effort that definitely won’t get wasted.”

Anya Lim, 34
Co-founder/Managing and Creative Director
Anthill Fabric Gallery

“Going green isn’t just a market trend. It’s a set of values, a consciousness and a lifestyle. The difficulty is the existing culture of convenience and consumption. It’s important that we become aware of how it affects us and the planet.  Green options are sometimes not as accessible in terms of availability, price, etc. The shift in behavior isn’t something that we’re used to so sometimes the challenge is how you can make it habit forming, how you can not just go green but actually live it consistently and authentically.”

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