If this pandemic has taught us anything about the way we live, it’s that we can live with a lot less than what we’re used to. I think that society as a whole has taken to living large and has made things that we don’t really need a necessity. But let’s face it, this way is really wasteful. If we’re to put things in perspective, we can live a simpler life while caring for the environment. Here are some ways you can be eco-friendly right now.
Single use plastic bags are old news! Even if they’re labelled recyclable, most of them still end up in landfills. Plus you have to take into account the energy used to recycle plastic if it does get there. Bringing your own reusable bag is a much better alternative. Just leave them by the door or in the car trunk to get into the habit.
Bring Your Own Bottle
Americans use an average of 50 billion plastic water bottles a year. 91% of those don’t get recycled and are dumped in landfills or worse, reach the ocean causing pollution. Bringing your own bottle is the way to go. Cafes even mark down the price of their coffee if you use your own mug or use an in-house one. So make the change. The planet and your wallet will thank you in the long run by reducing consumer wastes.
Skip The Straw
Unlike the water bottle, plastic straws are slowly being phased out. Some restaurants have switched to paper straws as an alternative. However, these are still single use items that contribute to our trash problem. Unless absolutely necessary, skip the straw and plastic utensils altogether. If you really need them, bring your own reusable straws instead.
Learn to compost
Here’s the deal, compost bins can reduce the waste that goes into landfills by up to half by making a DIY compost bin. And despite what you may think, it's as easily done indoors as it is outdoors. Now if you don’t like having a few wrigglers in your apartment, you can go that route too. You may also buy products made of compostable materials to add on your compost bin. Besides reducing our total waste, you can take advantage of this eco-friendly habit in our next way.
Grow Your Own
Remember that compost you just made? Put it to good use by starting your own garden. If you don’t have a yard or live in an apartment, grow herbs instead. By growing plants, you can also help to produce clean air. It’s a win-win situation for you and mother earth.
Buy Recyclable Products With Sustainable Packaging
Recycling help the environment by reducing the overall waste that gets dumped in landfills. And it’s not just the products that you should pay attention to, the packaging that they come in matters too. Companies must use sustainable packaging. By supporting companies that put a premium on sustainability, you not only reduce the raw materials needed to make new products, you reduce the trash that litters our earth and oceans as well.