On Valentine’s Day, we introduced our young adults to Naga Earth, an organization renowned for its impactful environmental initiatives, particularly in promoting community hygiene. Their projects, such as recycling plastic straws from hotels and restaurants to create durable products and repurposing oil into soap, intrigued and inspired our students during their tour. Thanks to a generous donor’s participation in a workshop, we now have our recycling kit. Our young adults will utilize this kit to craft their own paper and educate younger peers on recycling techniques.

This experience served as a poignant reminder of the significance of sustainable living. Over the upcoming months, our focus will revolve around raising community awareness. Collaborating with the director of NGO2 BambooShoot Foundation, also the Tonle Sap Eco Warriors’ founder, our children will engage in workshops centered on plastic pollution and sustainability. In June, they will participate in a massive clean-up at the Tonle Sap Lake alongside other volunteers.

Sustainability encompasses critical facets like environmental quality, clean air, natural resources, and a non-toxic environment, vital for fostering healthy communities. Embracing sustainable living doesn’t necessitate immense effort; a few simple lifestyle adjustments and conscious habits can significantly reduce your environmental impact. It’s about cultivating new, eco-friendly habits that require minimal time and effort, making a meaningful difference in reducing your environmental ‘footprint’.

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.

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