If you have been living in Saigon long enough, you might have seen this go-green trend going on. If you care more and more about the environment and want to help reducing waste and plastic use, here are a few tips.
1. Use Ecosia as your search engine
Instead of using Google or Yahoo that are making money out of every search you do, use Ecosia. They use the money from advertising to invest in planting trees. You need to make around 45 searches with Ecosia in order to “plant a tree” and when on their homepage, you get to see their videos on their current planting trees projects. It is cool to see actual images of how you can help from using this search engine.
2. Start composting
Reducing your waste helps reducing your use of plastic bags. If you often cook, you can easily start to compost. It is quite easy to do, does not smell, and you get a high quality soil in 2 weeks. You first need to get a wooden box or any sealable box, put some soil in it and whenever you have waste, put in the box and mix everything.
List of things you can compost:
- Damaged fruits and vegetables
- Fruit and vegetable peelings
- Tea and coffee
- Paper towels, paper and food cardboard
- Egg shell
- Rind from ham and cold cuts
- Cheese crust
- Fish bone
- Paper towels
3. Use table napkins
Reduce your waste by using table napkins instead of paper towels. Wash the table napkin after use or whenever it is dirty. You can buy your napkins from Catherine Denoual, at their shop located on 74B Hai Ba Trung street in district 1, or at Saigon Oi on Xuan Thuy in district 1. The set of 6 napkins costs 2,520,000 VND.
4. Use a bicycle
You can get a bicycle from Martin107, located on 107 Vo Thi Sau street in district 3. They have a very large choice of bikes, for kids and adults, but also for tall people (let’s not forget about them). You can expect to pay around 2,800,000 VND for one bike, and it goes with a front basket. The delivery is free of charge, click here for the full article.
You can also start thinking of using an electric bike; it does not solve the problem of pollution but it reduces the emission of CO2 in the city, and it is much more pleasant. You can go to The Gioi Xe Dien on 65-67 Vo Thi Sau street, the electric motorbike costs 16,500,000 VND, read our full article here.
5. Use no plastic bin bag
You can order bin bags from WAVE eco-Solutions made without plastic, but they are selling to professionals only as it is 5,000 pcs the minimum order.
6. Buy fruits and veggies in bulk
If you are used to doing your groceries from shops like Annam Gourmet, An Phu Supermarket, or similar places you might have noticed that they all use a lot of plastic to protect the fruits and veggies. It is better to buy in bulk, therefore it is better to buy from the local market in order to avoid the extra use of plastic. Don’t forget to bring your reusable bag along with you.
7. Grow your own veggie
By going green, it is also about reducing the transportation. If you grow your own veggie, you definitely won’t use any means of transportation. Learn more about growing your own veggie here. You can also try Aqua grow greens, they have 3 kinds of veggies: white radish, broccolis, and water spinach. It is very easy to use, and it does not need an outdoor or much light. In 3 days, you can already harvest your veggie. It costs 100,000 VND, you can find their products at Kokois or online on Shopee.vn.
8. Go shopping with your own bags and boxes
As mentioned above when grocery shopping, a lot of plastic is involved. In order to reduce your plastic use, bring your own reusable box, so that instead of wrapping in a plastic paper, the merchant can put the product directly in your box. You can do that whenever you buy cheese, cold cuts, fresh seafood and fish. When you buy fruits and veggies, put them directly in a basket, along with your bread. Finally, prefer products with less plastic packaging.
9. Use Refill My Bottle App
Refill My Bottle App is an initiative from Impact Vietnam. The app is free and you can download it from here. Through the app, you can access a list of places participating in the project. If you are thirsty and reuse your empty bottle, refill your bottle for 5,000 VND per time or per litter, instead of buying a new one.