Sustainable Living Practices from a Developing Country
Fans of the eco-friendly lifestyle are discovering practices that developing countries have been doing for years revealing how some changes do not require much effort.
The eco-friendly lifestyle has been growing in popularity in the past years due to people being more aware of how dangerous some of their habits can be for the environment. Influencers have even caught on to the trend to educate and earn. Now, as more content creators from affluent cultures share their eco-friendly practices, it became evident to me, as a viewer from a developing country, that people from these places can be very wasteful. This impression has gotten even worse as the COVID-19 situation arose.
Tissue Paper Substitutes
When it was reported that people were fighting to buy math problem amounts of tissue due to the quarantine, it felt like an exaggeration. I thought the media was just messing with the public to scare them. But no, it was real. People fought over packs, leaving none for those who need them. Those who weren’t able to get their share discovered alternatives, such as:
Washing your butt instead of just wiping it after you take a poop.
Using handkerchiefs or towels to wipe your face.
Cutting up old cloth and towels to wipe surfaces.
Using metal strainers to drain excess oil in your fried food.
As someone who has been doing these since I was a kid, it was odd to see that others are only doing them now. Tissue isn’t as necessary in the more rural areas in my country and the practices are not new at all.
I have recently encountered a post that talked about using a bucket and a dipper when taking a shower as if it is a new discovery. They had a right to feel that way since it is not something of common knowledge but as someone who has done this all their life, it was strange to see people thinking it is a recent innovation.
This practice limits your water consumption as it tricks you to only use what is in front of you unlike when you’re using a shower-head where you keep it running without noticing how much water you are using.
Bring Your Own Bag to the Market
Single-use plastic is the biggest enemy of the eco-conscious people and the wet market is one of its biggest contributors. To avoid the use of these, it is highly advisable that you bring your own eco-bag so you can just stack them in there rather than in individual plastic bags.
The older citizens of my city have been doing this before sustainable living became a thing. They, especially the more seasoned ladies, would even have their own bags weaved from dried leaves.
I do not think it is wrong that people of developed countries are adapting to a more sustainable lifestyle. It is very good for the environment that more people are making the switch. However, it does open your eyes to how much people do not care about resources when they have a lot of it.
What I’m getting at in this article is that those who want to live sustainably might learn a thing or two from people who actually have limited resources about how to make the most of it.