Ecobuddha first started out under the name of the Korean Buddhism Social Education Institute in March, 1988.

In 1994, it was authorized as a corporation under the name of the Korean Buddhist Environmental Education Institute by the Ministry of Environment. During the first 10 years, it investigated the current state and cause of the environmental issues in modern society. It also promoted discussions to seek ways to solve the environmental problems, actively carrying out education on ecology based on those discussions.

In 2005, the organization was renamed as Ecobuddha. It established new environmental ethics based on the basic teachings of the Buddha, which centers on respecting all living beings. It has also focused on socializing and promoting environmental ethics.  

In order to resolve the current environmental problems caused by the modern culture of consumption, Ecobuddha is carrying out projects based on the goal and idea that people’s lives must change fundamentally through substantial changes in their values and lifestyles.

Since Ecobuddha considers education as one of its major tasks, it has been running classes and experience programs such as eco-school, pro-life academy, and eco-trips for students and adults from all walks of life. Also, it has actively promoted networking with other environmental organizations, as well as focusing on academic publications. In addition, it has been running various alternative programs, so the projects mentioned above contribute to actually bringing about changes in people’s lifestyles.

We Introduce Ecobuddha’s Zero-waste Campaign.

Nature produces no waste. With the Zero-waste Campaign, we want to be free from the addiction to consumption and build a new civilization of community and solidarity.

The Zero-waste Campaign pursues simple and humble lives.

1. Emptying dishes based on the spirit of alms bowl meal

2. Carrying and using one’s own reusable cup instead of a paper cup

3. Carrying and using a handkerchief instead of tissue or napkin

4. Carrying and using a cotton cloth instead of toilet paper

5. Using the washbasin placed in the sink to get only the necessary amount of water

6. Using reusable shopping bags

7. Not using disposable products

8. Unplugging power cables not in use (zero standby power)

9. Maintaining room temperature at 28 Celsius (82 Fahrenheit) in the summer and at 20 Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) in the winter

10. Making compost with food waste

11. Carefully separating recyclable materials

12. Maintaining items in good conditions and donating unnecessary used items

Objectives of Ecobuddha

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    A clean

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    A simple and
    humble life

Principles of Ecobuddha

No food waste in the garbage bin

100% of any food waste is made into compost

No toilet paper in the restrooms

Instead of using toilet paper, wash with water (hand-held shower hose) and wipe with a cotton cloth

Twelve environmental practices to save the Earth