Sustainable living for everyone
Today, living an eco-friendlier life has become much more manageable.
With many simple yet effective ways to make our everyday lives more
sustainable, and with many groups ready to help us take that first step toward
a greener future, there is every reason to start today. Living a personal
sustainable lifestyle can be impactful only if we do it together to preserve
our planet for generations to come.
One of the best things to
live sustainably is to reduce your carbon footprint. Many seemingly harmless
daily activities can contribute to a higher carbon footprint or other
greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere, leading to dramatic climate changes.
An increased carbon footprint includes high electric consumption, driving our
cars over short distances, and the excessive use of aerosols and air
conditioners, to name a few. Try to identify and minimize these activities if
you can, or look for more eco-friendly alternatives, if available.
You can also lower your carbon
footprint by using energy efficiently. Use energy-efficient appliances, replace
your old lighting fixtures with LED lights, and turn off energy-consuming items
when not in use. Doing these eliminates energy waste in your home and helps you
save more on utility expenses.
The 2020 Climate
Transparency Report disclosed that the Philippines generated 1.18 tons of
carbon dioxide equivalent per capita in 2017. The country will need to reduce
its emissions to below 132 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2030 and
below -198 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2050. It is to meet the
1.5°C-compliant climate change mitigation goals of the Paris Agreement, of
which the country is a signatory.
the Plastic Credit Exchange, SM Cares helps gather empty, clean, and dry
plastic waste at select
nationwide. Plastic waste may be dropped off every day from 10AM to 5PM.
Another way to make your
lifestyle more sustainable is to correctly manage and segregate your garbage.
Sort and separate your waste by type (e.g., paper/carton, plastic, glass,
metal, electronics, etc.). It helps to find out more about your community's
waste collection and management policies. You can even make extra cash if you
dispose of your non-organic waste through the proper channels.
You can also minimize the
waste you generate at home. There are many simple ways to do this. It includes
reusing plastic bags, opting for eco-bags when shopping, and avoiding
single-use items. By being mindful of our food consumption, we can also
significantly reduce food waste and packaging.
The 2020 Ocean Conservancy
and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment report that the Philippines
ranked third among the world contributors to plastic pollution, with 2.7
million metric tons of plastic waste each year.
SM's Trash to
Cash recycling market happens every first Friday and Saturday of the month
from 10 AM to
2 PM across all SM Malls and select SDMC Malls nationwide.
As a responsible member of
the community, SM has consistently implemented programs to inspire Filipinos to
be more sustainable, educating them on the importance of sustainability and how
to help protect the environment. It includes the long-running Green Film
Festival, which features the free screening of environmental documentaries for
students and other program partnerships that promote alternative options to
SM also has projects that
directly engage its mall-goers, focusing on solid waste management. These are
the monthly Trash to Cash recycling market and the collection of used lead-acid
batteries (ULABs), the Electronic Waste Collection program, and the Plastic
Waste Collection program held in partnership with the Plastic Credit
Exchange. To date, SM Supermalls have collected more than 11,600 kg. of
plastic waste, 2,000 kg. of electronic waste and 908,000 kg. of assorted
drop off their electronic waste at bins in the Cyberzone and selected
In addition, SM has been
exploring renewable alternatives as its malls' energy source. For instance, in
2020, the company generated 9,620 MWh of energy from solar roof panels
installed in ten different malls nationwide. The company has also completed
solar panel retrofits in other malls. SM hopes to achieve its goal of having
50% of the energy it consumes being sourced from renewable sources by the end
of this year.
"We have always been
an advocate of sustainable living. Proof of this is the numerous environmental
initiatives that the company has implemented. We build our malls with the
environment and community in mind, and we make sure that our developments
contribute to environmental protection," said Engr. Liza B. Silerio, SM
Supermalls' Corporate Compliance Head. "More importantly, we know that
personal sustainability is key to achieving the green future that we want. We
will continue to implement programs that encourage positive change within our
SM Cares is the Corporate
Social Responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, with programs to support
communities, promote social inclusion and care for the environment. Its CSR
advocacies include the Environment, Persons with Disabilities, Women &
Breastfeeding Mothers, Children & Youth, Senior Citizens, and the
Bike-Friendly SM Program.
To learn more about these
programs, visit www.smsupermalls.com/smcares.