On Valentine’s Day we introduced our young adults to Naga Earth, an organization best-known for it’s environmental projects towards raising awareness about community hygiene. They are involved in many environmental projects; e.g. they collect plastic straws from hotels and restaurants to shred and mold them into new long lasting products and up cycling oil to soap. Our students were given a tour at Naga Earth and they made paper out of recycled paper. Thank to one of our donor who was part of the workshop we have our own recycling kit. The young adults will be making their own paper and also educating the younger ones on it.

Through this experience we were reminded of why it is important to live more sustainably, so in the months to come we will be focusing on raising awareness amongst the community. We are in contact with the director of NGO2 BambooShoot Foundation, who is also the founder of the Tonle Sap Eco Warriors. Our children will be attending more workshops on plastic pollution and sustainability, and they will join the Tonle Sap Eco Warriors to the Tonle Sap Lake in June, to do a big plastic clean-up amongst many other volunteers.

Sustainability is important for many reasons, including environmental quality. In order to have healthy communities, we need clean air, natural resources, and an nontoxic environment. Living sustainably is not as hard as you may think. A little thought and a few simple adjustments to your lifestyle can have a big impact on your environmental ‘’footprint’’, without asking a lot of your time and effort. It is merely about forming new healthy habits.

Tips for living sustainably

1. Reduce waste

Think about what you are buying and if you really need it, whether that is food, clothing or something else.

2. Use reusable cups

When you go out for a drink, bring a reusable cup. Also say no to plastic straws, lids and bags if they are not necessary. Try to avoid take-away, instead slow down and dine in.

3. Walk, bike and use public transport whenever possible

It is not only good for your health, but also for the environment. If this is not an option, consider taking public transport or carpooling.

4. Go paper free

Save some trees by going paper free. Almost everything from your phone bill to your credit card statement can be viewed online. Contact your banks, utility providers and other service providers to go paperless.

5. Recycle and dispose of waste properly

Always recycle paper and plastic where possible. You might be surprised by what you can recycle or dispose of safely.

6. Reduce your energy

Reduce the amount of energy you use, for example, by turning off the light when you leave a room and turning the thermostat down.

7. Reuse items

Reuse items instead of throwing them away, for example, pass on clothing to someone else if it does not fit you anymore and buy secondhand clothing.