Practicalities in everyday living need to be just that – practical.
Four years blogging and I cannot instinctively say that my life has changed drastically since. There had been changes — some major, some hardly noticeable. And this blog was a likely witness to most of them. So, in honor of this blog’s fourth anniversary, I start a series of posts that will hopefully serve as a snapshot of my life at the moment, which I know I would lovingly look back to in a year or more.
The first post in this series I call “the life we live daily” speaks of a topic close to my heart, environmental preservation, and the real and doable things that we do in order to make a positive difference to our well-loved earth.
I have written plenty in this blog about changing our purchasing and consumption habits so that we could reduce our negative environmental impact.
This commitment to environmental preservation through conscious purchase and consumption, is not only a personal advocacy, but one that we try to do as a family. We realized that food expenses lead our consumption pyramid and by changing the way that we eat, we can make a significant difference in the way and in the amounts we consume.
Our food prioritization principles are simple.
- What we eat should be organic.
- If we can’t get organic, these should at least be locally sourced, and best if we personally know the farms or sources where these are derived. By locally sourced we mean coming from the same province or region we are in.
- We choose products that use less packaging, therefore less waste, and have gone through less processing.
Below I list down a number of basic food categories, our sources and the reasons why we choose to buy religiously from these sources. Please note, however, that some of these products may be significantly more expensive than conventional ones, while some are practically free (eg. plants we grow ourselves); but that we choose to purchase them for the overall environmental and health benefits we derive from them. Towards the end of the table I also include non-food products that we use regularly that we source in a similar way.
|Products||Source||Reason for buying|
|Dairy (milk, yogurt, ice cream, cheese)||Philippine Carabao Center, UPLB||only pasteurized products coming from grass-fed carabaos; non-homogenized, non-UHT, which means more nutritional content than dairy products in groceries|
|we know the farm to be environmentally compliant and to maintain high standards of quality and freshness|
|antibiotic and growth hormone-free pork and chicken|
|Deli (hotdogs, mortadella, bratwurst, etc.)||Philippine Carabao Center, UPLB||a selection of preservative-free sausages made from carabao meat|
|Rice (upland organic black rice)||La Trinidad Organic Producers Association, Benguet||we mix black rice with regular sinandomeng rice to supplement nutrient content|
|Culinary Herbs (basil, Italian oregano, mint)||grown at home||organically grown and propagated|
|Medicinal Herbs (lagundi, native oregano, calamansi, gynura)||grown at home||organically grown and propagated|
seasonal fruits from neighboring towns
|Cooking oil||Minola coconut oil
San Pablo, Laguna
|coconut-based, which is abundant here, and locally sourced|
|Bath products (honey propolis shampoo & body wash)||Ilog Maria Farms
|organic and biodegradable soaps from propolis (a by-product of honey production). we found these products to be effective cleansing agents without stripping the skin or scalp of necessary oils or proteins. we also use calamansi slices as hair conditioner.|
|Laundry products||Champion Natural
Perla white bar
|we use a biodegradable detergent and a coconut-based laundry bar soap. we also use fermented rice washing to soak soiled clothes before washing with detergent.|