5 Ways to Reduce Waste

Take a second and visualize your day. How often are you creating waste? Not that often? Think again. Do you use deodorant in a plastic container, eat your lunch with one-time-use silverware, wrap your food in saran wrap or floss your teeth? These are all forms of waste. Over the next week, I'm going plastic free and I urge to commit with me. Why? Because recycling is cool in theory, but 91% of plastic is not recycled and the average American throws away 185 pounds of plastic a year. Scary stuff. And listen, nobody is saying this is going to be easy, but it'll be an enlightening experiment that will hopefully open the door to substantial change. 

Below are 5 sustainable ways to get reduce waste that can be tested this week and carried out in the future: 

 

Plastic Straws

Here's an image for you.. a baby sea turtle with a plastic straw clogged in his nose. Sorry not sorry for PETA-esq scare tactics but plastic straws are the devil. Solution? Reusable straws or no straws at all. 

Plastic Bags

You may have already made the transition to reusable shopping bags when you hit up Trader Joe's but what about all those produce bags. I recently got an Instacart delivery and every single produce item was in a separate plastic bag- not cool. Try these instead. 

Ziplock Baggies

These are also plastic bags but a slightly different concept. Want to bring trail mix to work or pack your toothbrush in your suitcase? Stasher bags are awesome. Just a 2-4 of these will reduce so. much. waste. and save you tons of money. 

Water Bottles

Lots of cute, eco-friendly water bottles are on the market right now. S'well is a sustainable brand that also great travel mugs. Most bottled water comes from the tap anyway.

Glass Jars

I pretty much collect glass jars at this point because they have so many uses; flower vases, food or drink containers, storing items for traveling, the possibilities are endless. These are adorable, but take a peak around your house, you may already have some containers you can use!

Going plastic free has endless of benefits. 
You'll eat more produce and less packaged, processed foods.
You'll reduce endocrine disruptors in your system that are spread through plastic use
You'll save money in the long run by having less to plastic items to repurchase. 
You'll get discounts from stores who offer BYO cup or bag. 

I can't wait to see your creativity this week! 
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