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The Journey to Sustainability in Cairo

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The Journey to Sustainability in Cairo
written by
Nada Wahba

Being aware of your daily consuming habits is a serious matter, with some Cairenes slowly hopping on that train while others still have a long way to go. Now, more than ever, it is crucial to invest time in getting educated on the environment and the ways in which you can lead a more sustainable lifestyle, if you aren’t already! Since it is a huge topic to discuss, we will touch upon a few of the many ways that you can adopt to become a better friend to the environment, and ultimately, have less of an impact on the bigger picture that is our beloved planet Earth. 


Recycling should be the first thing on your list if you’re looking for ways to be more sustainable. While recycling the most common trash (AKA household rubbish) is super hard, you can always separate the bins yourself to make the job easier for someone else. For example, divide your trash into plastic, paper, and so on, until recycling bins become more common.  

Reduce Waste 

The first thing that comes to mind when mentioning reducing waste is probably reducing the use of plastic, one of the biggest sources of waste. There are a few quick fixes to eliminate your use of plastic, one of which is replacing your shopping bags with a tote bag that is roomy enough for your errands. 

Eco-friendly Products 

This one is also a great way to reduce plastic use—get utensils you can use everywhere! From forks and spoons to bottles and straws, relying on these alternative utensils is one way you’ll reduce single-use plastic. Another great way is to eliminate products that are harmful to the environment as much as you can. This includes shampoos and detergents that have non-environment-friendly ingredients and using overall biodegradable products. 

Eat Less Meat 

While we’re not suggesting having a 180 change in your diet and turning vegan, simply reducing your meat intake will have a positive effect for a greener environment. The process of meat and dairy production is one of the biggest causes of greenhouse gas emissions, thus reducing your consumption will also slowly eliminate such a problem.

Public Transportation 

A single vehicle causes a drastic percentage of carbon dioxide emission, so taking public transportation reduces the carbon dioxide emission by a huge amount. Also, driving more cars means building more roads, which isn’t very sustainable in the long run.