Reduce Reuse Recycle

Reduce Reuse Recycle by Renell D. Pacrin

At Mima’s Homey, we segregate our trash even though it is not strictly being implemented by the garbage collectors and local government unit.  Unlike in other towns, they will not collect your garbage unless properly segregated.  Not only we sort our rubbish, but we also practice the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. 


To further reduce our garbage (fruits and vegetable peels), my husband is making compost for his miniature garden.  He is also using used water bottle as pots and recycles big plastic container/gallon for seed beds.  While for seedlings, he is using egg shells.  And to protect his vegetable garden, he made an environment friendly, no health hazard, blend (composed of cooking oil and fresh spices) of insecticide. It is very effective with ants crawling in our kitchen counter. 

Reduce Reuse Recycle


I am collecting every single plastic and foil trash at home as well as in the office.  I am giving them to my sister (a teacher by profession), who is propagating their environment protection project in school. She creates eco bricks made of cut plastic wrappers, foils, and plastic bottles (mostly used mineral/distilled water bottle). 

Reduce Reuse Recycle


I have also attempted recycling while weeding our closet.  I have made fabric doilies from some of our used clothes which are beyond repair and not ideal for a second hand us anymore.  While culling, I was able to create two pieces of sleeveless blouse.  I have recycled my husband’s almost forgotten good quality polo shirts.  They were damaged in the laundry shop. There’s a round rip up in one of the sleeves (blue shirt) and in front (pink shirt).  I have to put them away for some time. Undecided to place patches on the holes, until I finally made something useful out of them.

Reduce Reuse Recycle

We can all help and do something to protect our environment, in our own little ways.  It may not have a huge impact, but if every household and individuals will wholeheartedly contribute and share/make an effort, it can make a difference.  There are so many campaigns and reminders around us and we are all aware of the disastrous effects of our negligence for environment protection, but still some of us are habitually irresponsible.  By simply assessing our needs against wants, we can prevent ourselves to be less or totally not to be materialistic. It will lessen our natural resources’ exploitation. 

Renell Pacrin, Mima’s Homey

I have found this photo in my Facebook newsfeed (credit to the owner), isn’t it hilariously insulting?  Let us strive to save energy, our environment, and natural resources.  Let us continue to practice R3, do not wait until acts of God, exacerbated by human greed and negligence, destroy our source of life.

About the Author:

Renell A. Dela Cruz – Pacrin is a development worker (support staff) for seventeen years who loves to cook and bake.  She earned a degree in Secretarial Administration and passed the NC II (National Certificate) in Bread and Pastry Production.  During her free time, she bakes cookies, cakes, and pastries, mostly for her lovely daughter’s packed snacks, family occasions, and sometimes made to order.  Currently self-employed, she focuses more on her spouse’ van rental business, home duties, exploring handicrafts, and taking care of the homey.

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  1. I love that you are practicing this reuse, reduce and recycle. These are simply ways to help our environment. I’m making eco bricks while my aunt are making these plastics into pillows.

  2. If we don’t manage our trash properly, those trash will definitely comeback to us in many ways (example, flash floods ng basura!). Here in Victoria, we have a very strict waste management, and if we opt for having compost, we need to secure a permit first and the council will provide compost materials + worms.

  3. I really love the idea of this things on their own. This things are indeed a great help in taking care of our environment. A lot of people don’t pay attention to this things which is really disappointing. This practice is really great where it lessen tha garbage disposal of every family if they are doing this things to. We are also doing this things at hope not just to lessen the garbage but also to same money.

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