Could you put all the garbage you created last month in a mason jar? Yes, me neither. But more and more people are trying to do just that.
The goal of this "zero waste" movement is to eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of waste we dispose of in landfills. The garbage (especially plastic garbage) that we produce is increasingly polluting the oceans, causing problems for wildlife and our food chain. Zero devotees are trying to change that.
The good news is that you do not have to take drastic measures to make a difference. Only a few simple swaps can reduce your waste.
Separating the Plastic Straws
It is an unconscious habit of me to grab a plastic straw when I buy an iced coffee or a soft drink. But these disposable straws add up quickly and often end up as pollution.
Your first line of defense is to politely decline or not to take a straw when you get a drink. But if you can not stand sipping your drink from the straw (I hear you!), Then take a reusable one. These glass straws are beautiful and durable, these metal straws have this classic bend, and these extra large ones are perfect for smoothies. All are equipped with a cleaning brush so they are easy to keep clean.
. 2 No Plastic Water Bottles
It is embarrassing to admit that most of the garbage in my car is plastic water bottles. I know that I'm better able to bring a reusable bottle with me, and so can everyone else. The key here is to find the perfect water bottle for you. Glass bottles are easy to clean and do not carry funky smells. Double-walled insulated stainless steel bottles keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for hours. Finally, BPA-free plastic bottles are durable and cost-effective.
No matter what you choose, fill it and take it with you when you leave the house, so you have no reason to buy a disposable bottle.
. 3 BYOC (bring your own cutlery)
Plastic forks, knives, and spoons are ubiquitous when you eat out, order delivery, and are in the break room of your office. The best way to resist them is to bring your own cutlery – or at least keep a number of them at your desk for lunch.
This titanium spork is doubly suitable for soups, salads, yoghurt and more, or choose this full bamboo with fork, knife and spoon.
4. Zero waste shopping
By now you are probably familiar with reusable shopping bags, but what about reusable options while shopping? Instead of these threadbare plastic bags, take a set of reusable mesh bags for your fruits and vegetables.
Also, remember to buy flour, bakery products, nuts, dried fruits, rice, pasta and beans in large rubbish bins. Whole Foods, Sprouts, WinCo, Publix, your local Cooperative and even many Safeway / Vons supermarkets all have bulk containers. Many of these markets allow you to fill your own containers (Mason jars are a good option) rather than filling the plastic bags they provide. Just check with your market for their policies and procedures before you shop.
. 5 Cloth> paper
Cloth napkins are no longer just for fancy dinners. You can find them in any style, or if you're smart, they're incredibly easy to sew.
Paper towels are handy to remove a leak, but in the long run they are wasteful and expensive. Pick up some reusable cleaning wipes instead.
Bar Mop towels are cheap and absorbent, microfiber towels are fantastic for cleaning, and these linen and cotton unpaper towels are too beautiful to give up.
. 6 Disposable Plastic Alternatives
For many followers of the zero waste life style, plastic is enemy No. 19659008 1. Because it may take centuries for plastic to disintegrate.
If you want to take your zero-waste commitment to the next level, check out the abundance of reusable and plastic-free options for common household products.
Here are just a few examples of getting started:
If you're ready to dive down the rabbit hole of the Zero-Waste movement, there are many spirit guides. Take a look at the Instagram accounts of @ going.zero.waste, @_wastelandrebel_, @zerowastechef, @golitterless and @zerowastenerd to get started.
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