Philippines marks January as Zero Waste Month As required by Presidential Decree no. 760, dated May 5, 2014, the entire month of January is also known as Zero Waste Month. Zero waste is described as advocacy for the production and management of goods and processes to prevent and eliminate the amount and toxicity of waste and materials. It is also defined as an ethical, economic, productive and visionary objective to direct individuals to have a resourceful lifestyle in which discarded materials can be re-designed as resources to be used by others. Under the Republic Act (RA) 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, Zero Waste Month is also included. Zero Waste Tips 1.Ask for no straw in your drink order when out. 2.Don’t leave your house without a full reusable water bottle. 3.Ditch tissues for handkerchiefs. 4.Donate unused items in good condition to support the second-hand market. 5.Think second-hand first when purchasing something. 6.Turn old sheets and towels into handkerchiefs, rags, napkins, and cloth produce bags. 7.Buy food without packaging or minimal packaging. 8.Meal plan to avoid food waste. 9.Repair something when it breaks 10.Learn how to freeze your food without plastic so it doesn’t go to waste.