I walked slowly from home to the bus stop this morning while thanking the Universe for not making it rain for the time being. Halfway down the path, I looked at my watch and walked a bit faster. I stopped, checked my right and left, and crossed the road and goody, there's a bus arriving. "Thank you for this bus", whispered to the Universe. Also grateful for the seat available and I didn't have to stand since the ride.

As I sat here in my corner of the office while drinking a bottle of hot brewed barako, no sugar and no cream, I am currently experiencing a slight pain on the back of my right shoulder. Then I thought that the backpack with me is the reason why. I carry less than the usual since my minimalist journey but I might say that my bag is heavy due to the food I carry with me for work.

Before I'd bring my own rice and water bottle with me but a lot has changed, even the food being offered at the canteen, so I decided to bring my own lunch and snacks. Although, this would be the first time that I felt my lunch is heavy when in fact, my lunch bag is only composed of food in a 3-layer stainless steel tiffin and my coffee inside a glass bottle.

There are days when I want to give up bringing my lunch so I could carry lesser stuff with me but thinking of the food I'm going to eat by lunch time in the canteen would just be a waste of time and money. It isn't worth my freedom.

On the bright side of opening my lunch bag, getting my tiffin to open it, and putting the home cooked meals on my stainless tray provided in the canteen is such a pleasant view to look at. I can see the efforts my mom made for my delicious lunch and snacks for the afternoon. I can see the efforts I did for the hard-earned money to not go to waste. I can feel that Mother Earth is pleased. I was able to refuse single use plastics but I'd be disappointed with other workmates putting their rice inside a single use transparent plastic. *sigh*

Still, I can't change or persuade someone to stop using them because convenience is what matters most for them but for me, I'd rather sacrifice my convenience for the meantime for the sake of the planet and my health. However, there's a tiny light inside me hoping that someone would change through my actions. Or perhaps, I could gift them a reusable container?

Bringing my own lunch packed in reusable container is so worth it. Worth every effort I do for myself and the planet. Pursuing a zero waste lifestyle was a huge change of path. There are slip ups and challenges along the way but every victory experienced for a zero waste experience results to an indescribable satisfaction.

Are you a zero waster or do you make ways to lessen your waste? Do you bring your own food at work? 

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