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We are living in the era where animal extinction and climate change are at an all time high that if we don’t act fast, it might be too late to save our environment. 

With that, more and more companies, organizations, and individuals are coming together to advocate for sustainable living. Locally, one of the companies in the forefront of this advocacy is Watsons. 

Watsons Philippines is instituting many social and environmental changes in its ecosystem with its sustainability program with a mission to inspire change and make an impact anchored on four pillars – Planet, Community, People, Customers. The company’s goal is to reduce environmental footprint with a goal of 65,000 kg of trash collected via the Trash for Cash program and to recycle 40 million plastic bottles. 

But as individuals, what are the things that we can do to live a sustainable lifestyle without compromising our budget? 

At the Watson’s recent “Do Good” campaign launch, Atty. Rachel Herrera, commissioner of climate change commission, gave five easy steps—the E.A.R.T.H. practice. 

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  1. E-at sustainably and reduce food waste. 

“This often ends up in landfills, and is a heavy contributor to greenhouse gas emissions—and when we waste food, we also waste all the water and energy it took to grow, package, and transport it,” she says. 

  1. A-dvocate for people and the planet. 

“We are all influencers in our own way—we have a circle of people who trust us, who listen to us. Let’s use that trust and the platforms we have to do good, especially for our planet,” Atty. Rachel continues.

  1. R-epair or refill instead of buying new. 

“Given the state of our planet, the old 3Rs of reduce, reuse, and recycle won’t cut it—we need the 5Rs, or even the 7Rs, which includes repair and refill,” she explains.

  1. T-urn down plastic. 

The planet can no longer cope with the amount of plastic we produce, use, and throw away—and we can do our part by reducing the plastic we use, especially, unnecessary single-use plastics, and shifting to eco-alternatives. We can also be more vocal about supporting policies to regulate them, like the Single-Use Plastic Regulation Bill that the CCC is pushing for.

  1. H-elp organizations that are ‘doing good’ for the planet—like Watsons.

“Every sustainable act matters,” she says. “It all accumulates. But, at the end of the day, we are more effective at doing good if we do it together.” 

There you go! It’s not easy to make 360-degree changes in our lives in just a day. But, slowly, we can do it together. 

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