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5 habits you should get into for a better and more sustainable life 

五种习惯使你拥有可持续的生活方式

 

 

We all think that we should love and respect our planet. But what are we actually doing for it? Climate changes, animal extinction and poverty are just the result of the bad behaviour we have been keeping during all this time.

 

我们都坚信应该热爱并尊重这个星球,但是我们真的为之付出过吗?气候变化、物种灭绝、贫穷,这些都是一直以来我们坏习惯的恶果。

 

Now, in 2017, we have no more excuses: we have to drastically reduce our footprint on the planet, or the entire system is bound to collapse.

 

如今在2017年,保护环境的责任义不容辞:我们必须极大地减少我们对环境的影响,不然整个生态系统注定将崩塌。

 

The good news is that there is no need for completely sacrificing our lifestyle to make it more sustainable. It is enough that you start rethinking certain habits and get new ones.

 

好消息是,我们不用彻底颠覆现有的生活方式以变得可持续,改变并培养一些习惯便足矣。

 

Guess what? It can also be fun!

猜怎么着?这些习惯都很有趣!

 

1. Reduce your plastic consumption 减少塑料的使用

 

Disposable plastic cutlery, and glasses are the worst example of product efficiency: they are made in an everlasting material, but they are meant to be used only once before becoming rubbish. How much plastic would you save if you used your personal stuff and - simply - washed it?

 

一次性塑料餐具就是最低效产品的代表:他们由永久性材料制成,但是他们在被废弃之前只能使用一次。试想,如果你用自己洗涤的餐具能节约多少塑料?

 

And what about straws? They become useless immediately after you had your drink. Do you really need a straw to drink from a glass? I do not think so...

那吸管呢?一旦你用过了之后,它们马上就不能再被使用了。你真的需要用吸管来喝饮料吗?我并不认为是这样……

 

Plastic bags, also, could be replaced by re-usable ones in fabric, so that plasticconsumption is minimal.

可重复利用的编织袋也可以代替塑料袋,这使塑料的使用进一步减少了。

 

Zero Waste movements are rising everywhere and you can find plenty of inspirational stories and videos online to help you start your waste-less journey. 

*Check at Bea Jonhson or Lauren Singer Ted Talks.

* In Shanghai check Zero Waste Shanghai

* In Beijing check at Gozerowaste or TheBulkHouse_China wechat accounts

* Want to know more, read our story about the first Zero Waste community in Qinghai, China

 

Do you know other Zero Waste platform in China? 

 

2. You really need to use that plastic? Now recycle it. 你真的需要使用塑料袋?那就循环利用!

 

A plastic bag needs up to 1.000 years to degrade, a diaper 500, a plastic bottle is nevergoing to be completely degraded. This means that the bottle that contains your drink becomes a problem for the planet just after you have your last sip. It is important that you collect your garbage correctly for recycling and, if in your area there is no differentiated waste collection yet, you should urge your local authority to arrange it.

 

一个塑料袋需要至少1000年才能降解,尿布需要500年,一个塑料杯更是难以被彻底降解。这就意味着,在你喝完了最后一口水之后,这个塑料瓶就成了地球上永远的问题。因此,将垃圾分类循环至关重要。如果你所在的地区还没有实行垃圾分类,你应该敦促当地政府重视并落实这个问题。

 

But we know that recycling in China is not always easy!

*In Shanghai, check at Feibao (feibaowaste on wechat), a social enterprise providing a free on-demand waste collection service.

 

An original project about plastic recycling?

*Check at The Precious Plastic project

*In Shanghai you can find them here: PreciousPlasticSH on wechat

 

 

3. Walk and (and ride!) instead of driving. Or share your car. 以行(骑)代驾,或者拼车

 

Driving can bes tressful, especially if you have to do it everyday. If your workplace is not far from home, why not just go there walking or riding your bicycle? Otherwise, you can share your daily car commute with colleagues who work in your area: all of you will produce less CO2, save money and, maybe, find new friends!

 

天天开车是一件压力很大的事。如果你的工作场所离家不远,为什么不直接走路或者骑车去上班呢?或者你也可以和同事一起拼车去上班,如此,你们既可以减少碳排放、省钱,或许还可以认识新朋友!

 

No need to mention bike sharing companies in China, this one is almost to easy! :)

 

4. Choose simple and seasonal food 选择简单的时令食物

 

Seasonal food is just what we need to stay healthy. It assures the right amount of vitamins at the right time and it is the best for the planet too! If you eat seasonal food,the fruit and vegetables you buy will not come from far away and will avoid tons of CO2, while you will save money and have a varied – and healthy - diet.

 

我们只需要时令食物来保持健康的生活方式,它们富含营养元素,也不会对环境造成伤害。时令食物其实就在你身边,它们还能减少很多二氧化碳的排放。选择食用它们不仅能帮你省钱,而且也能让你拥有多样和健康的饮食。

 

 

Support local and sustainable farming practices & get organic and seasonal products:

*Check at Farmonize th social enterprise that enables you to grow your own vegetables!

*Check at Rainbow of hope that connects rural communities with urban families through organic farming

 

 

5. Eat less meat 少吃点肉

 

Meat is one of the less sustainable food you could eat: if 1Kg of rice needs 2.500 litres of water to be produced, 1 Kg of beef will require more than 15.000. So why donot start being kinder to our planet and decide, for example, to celebrate acruelty-free meal every week with your friends? 

 

肉类是一种最不可持续的食物:如果1千克的大米需要2.5升水的灌溉,1千克的牛肉至少需要15升*的水。所以不如开始善待我们的环境,和你的朋友们一起选择非虐待动物的饮食。如果你需要一些建议,看看 Peta 的食谱吧 ( https://www.peta.org/recipes/),你一定能找到你喜爱的菜式!

 

*If you are looking for ideas or suggestions, have a look at Peta’s recipes: https://www.peta.org/recipes/, I am sure you are going to find your next favourite food!

 

*If you want to know more about vegan commnunities in Shanghai follow VeggieDorm on wechat.

 

 

Translation: Owen Zhang

 

 

 

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