The impact of our waste and a focus on sustainable products has been at the forefront of the news lately. It can feel a little overwhelming to look at this subject and think of changing the way we consume products.
However, making just one small change can be a catalyst to caring and to inspire others to do one thing different, too. Plus, it’s better for the planet, your wallet (in the long run), and it’s overall more efficient. Let’s look at cutting back on some things and what new thing you can try to replace them.
- Trade that plastic ware and baggies for glassware and beeswax wraps. These products are more durable, you use way less of them over time, and they reduce plastic waste!
- Forget those paper towels and try to use cloths instead. This saves paper like you wouldn’t believe. You may have to wash a little more, but it’s worth it.
- In the bathroom? Try a shampoo/conditioner bar instead! The plastic we could reduce from not using a container could be such an easy replacement. There are also some programs that that once you buy an aluminum shampoo bottle, they’ll send you refills and recycle your old bottle.
- Try swapping those plastic bags at the grocery for some reusable ones. They only cost a couple dollars and all you have to do is take them along. You can hold way more in one bag and you can even get some insulated ones for freezer/fridge items.
- Have some clothes that you don’t wear anymore but are in good condition? Try doing a clothes swap with some close friends or donate them to reduce waste and reuse clothing that is still good.
- Recycle plastic and cardboard. Some areas have pick up for this, but if not and you use a lot of one-time use products – try looking up a place that takes recycling near you and help those items live another life.
- If you have old tech, try finding a recycling location. These items should not be regularly disposed of, but no one wants them sitting around the house either.
- Try line drying bulky items. If you use a dishwasher regularly try the energy saving mode and turn off the heat dry. Then you can open it and let the items air dry.
We hope these items help encourage you to reduce or cut out one habit and how to pick up another that can be better for the environment. Being resourceful is easy if you try and it makes a global impact if we all put forth some effort. What step can you start with?