Attempting Zero Waste Movement in the Office: Hoping to See it Survives!

Hello Steemians! It’s Friday and I hope all of you are looking forward for a weekend rest!

This morning when I entered the pantry, I saw something extra at the edge of the window at the corner of the pantry…

I actually thought that there was some upcoming luncheon coming (yes, my office loves pot bless luncheons and Malaysians love to eat!) until I started enquiry to my colleague who set it there about what is going on.

“Oh, boss said Monday onwards no more packed plastic containers from outside. These containers are for them to use when they go out to pack for food for lunch”

In my heart I was like…

Finally

Even during the TSU days when I used to love taking pictures of my lunch and share to the then paid-by-image-share (non crypto) platform, many has realised that I always used a glass container to pack food.

In fact, I have started this practice since 2014.

If you have seen my most previous #zerowaste attempt I tried to shop at a bulk food store and I got a pretty good satisfaction of getting ingredients I need without wasting an extra container.

Moreover, since 2015, Malaysia has been trying to implement no plastics bags during weekends

Penang was the first to fully discard plastic bags usage for the whole week at the time, and end of 2016 Selangor state has follow suite.

But if you can see this picture from The Star Newspaper that was reported back in 2015, till this very day, Malaysians on consumerism mentality still prefers to pack food from lunch and dinner.

There were times when I tried to encourage others to just use a tempered glass (and at the time I even volunteer to buy for them) all I got as a reply was:
it is too troublesome while going out; besides, I only decide what to eat when I am out there

So when my boss was talking to me about getting coffee (-) the disposable cup, I thought he was personally giving it a try.

Until I saw the rack of newly bought containers today.

My other lady boss has even decided to get steel straws for every staff just as a kick-start to at least try to be more zero waste conscious.

I am actually very happy that she did that. It would greatly encourage the staff to learn a totally different lifestyle.

Although today after seeing 3 of my staffs whined when I asked them “that’s a lot of packed food from the stalls today, what’s the occasion?” and their response was, “today is the last day we can enjoy buying food with packed food containers and not needing to wash them when we are done” ; I personally feel excited and hopeful that maybe; just maybe, there is a new habit blooming.

We will see how it goes after 21 days…

When a new habit gets settled as part of the lifestyle.

When I was packing food the nearby deli@work shop for some salad, I just shared what my boss did and requested in case any of my colleagues or bosses decided to pack lunch / coffee and brought their containers over, they would be great if they are able to help them and encourage them.

The deli gave a great response and maybe that will help them spread more of the awareness.

If you can’t see the miracle, be the miracle

Nick Vujicic

Sometimes you just need to know that even when you stand out of the crowd and be the change despite everyone else stands against your believe of making an impact for the world, just keep pushing.

Even if it takes 4 years later to see change happening for others.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this sharing and be encouraged; as much as I have enjoyed preparing it.

Cross Over – Transition or End Route?

“… he didn’t make it at the bypass surgery.
pray for him and his family…”

That was the text message I received from my good friend who’s husband (also my good friend)’s father passed away due to his lungs could not endure it during a heart bypass surgery, while I was in the midst of discussion at the meetup of #teammalaysia before @superoo7‘s departure

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Many would have thought that this seems to be the end of one’s journey as the family knows very well that this procedure is a gamble for my friend’s father to just have that little longer time with his family on this beloved blue and green (and some part rather hazy and brown) planet we call home.

But that did not work for him

I also have those who I cared who is fretting their lives of losing someone; not to mention I am looking at my own parents who are at their golden age journey of life and many would ask this question.

Is this it?

Being a believer in Christ myself I know that there are more to it. Just as the picture showed that it may be a little scary for each and every one of us who is about to face that valley of shadow and death (reference), it’s a cross over personally for me.

But how sure can I be?

Let’s agree to disagree, if I am wrong, my life ends; just like that. Plain and simple.
From dust I came, and to dust I will go.
(reference)

But what if I am right?

Or more to say, that what I read from the Word is true and infallible, that this is only a transition to the next?

(Even Taoism shows the map… I will not say more here though)

What if it is like the picture above, you walk through the darkness and there’s light at the other end?

And that it is possible that route is true?

What if at the other end of the tunnel there are 2 different outcomes?

And both are not “to nothingness”?

How would that impact your journey on Earth?

As I plan ahead of my schedule to ensure that I will have enough time to set aside for my good friend for his father’s wake, this is once again given me a deep thought on how we walk on this home we have while we are still given time to walk on it.

  • Will we be so engrossed in chasing after a mission / target solely to please ourselves for just a short while?
    or
  • Will we perhaps see things in a perspective on where we truly want to focus on, and what truly matters?

I am currently writing this as my thought flows because I too might have cross roads that I will need to choose and see what truly matters.

And for those who still have a breath in you when you wake up:

Smile, you are given one more day for the very purpose you are made to be; onward and upward till you cross over.

I hope that this deep thought of mine would also propel you to have a deep sense of realisation of you purpose / questions when you face though life’s hard choices; as much as I have enjoyed preparing it.