Be Zero Ambassador Spotlight: Beijing, China
Here at Be Zero we're happy to share the stories and positive work of our Field Crew & Ambassador Program. Be Zero Ambassadors act as lighthouses for the Be Zero Mission in their communities by sharing and inspiring ways to live simple and low-waste lifestyles. I'm pleased to introduce Sue Yee, our first Ambassador in Beijing, China.
Written by our Be Zero Ambassador: Sue Yee | Location: Beijing, China | Website: https://expoverstuff.wordpress.com/
I am a nature lover. I always want to help the world to become a better place for our future generations, which the place that we called it HOME. Unfortunately, our mother earth is sick. In fact, climate change has become a global topic for everyone. I thought that there’s nothing that I can do until I watched a TED talk that presented by Lauren Singer who’s a girl that lives in a zero waste lifestyle. My mind was totally blown up and I believe that it’s a lifestyle that could lead to a sustainable world.
The idea of not creating any waste is so inspiring. Asides from that, her story has led me to a short video called “The Story of Stuff”. That’s the time when I knew I should change my lifestyle. Living as a minimalist, with some small steps. At first, I think that it is a mission impossible for me to live with zero waste lifestyle in Malaysia. Especially there is lack of awareness about plastic waste in most of the Asia countries. Furthermore, I am currently working in China, which is a big country that uses up to 3 million plastic bags daily and disposes more than 3 million of plastic bags annually!
However, simple steps can be taken to reduce waste easily. And I believe that everyone of us could do it.
1. Identify waste source
2. Eliminate and seek for alternatives
With these two simple steps, I manage to reduce most of the waste. I learned how to shop in bulk at the farmer’s market, avoid single use utensils, and learned to refuse. I believe that we can create impacts to our society by starting with ourselves. Better late than never!
As I mentioned, there is still some challenges that I faced when trying to live in zero waste lifestyle. I still can’t address myself as a zero waste person, but only a minimalist. I found that there are quite a lot of zero waste resources in most of the western countries. For an example, I can't find any store that actually provides reusable sanitary pads or menstrual cup and bamboo toothbrushes as a replacement for plastic toothbrush. Asides from that, food waste is also an issue in Asia.
I wish to create a platform and that’s why I come out with my website, Experience Over Stuff, to share my baby steps in the zero waste journeys both in a English and Chinese version.
Collect moments instead of stuff!