Zero waste. Don't know where to start? Well - here are five simple changes that you can make today to reduce your waste:
Switch to reusable bags.This is an easy one. Not only do they help the environment
by cutting down on single use bags that will basically just float around all American
Beauty style for the next thousand years and pollute the oceans, but they are also a lot
cuter than plastic bags.
Refill.The US consumes 1500 water bottles per second. Sad face. So whether you
keep a water filter at your desk to fill up a glass to drink from, or you carry a stainless
steel water bottle with you, you are preventing a lot of trash.
BYO.If you are a daily coffee drinker, (let’s face it, you probably are— Americans
consume 146 billion cups of coffee per day), then chances are you are buying coffee
from a coffee shop in a togo cup. Most of those will end up in a landfill. There is a
simple solution, bringing your own reusable cup or mason jar to a coffee shop. As an
added bonus, most places will give you a discount on your beverage if you do bring
your own container.
Brush Better. Over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are used each year. Because they
are not recyclable, they end up floating in a landfill forever. By making one simple
change from plastic toothbrushes to compostable bamboo ones you are not only doing
yourself a favor (bamboo is naturally antimicrobial), but you are also doing the
environment a solid because when you are done with the brush you can compost it.
Not an ounce of trash is produced.
- Embrace secondhand. Textile waste is a huge problem. We consume so much clothing that we are constantly throwing away our old duds. On top of that, every garment produced creates textile waste that winds up in the trash. In 2013 in the US alone over 13 million tons of textiles went into landfills. An easy way to cut down on your textile trash is to shop secondhand. Don’t let that word scare you; not all secondhand is created equal. At the top of the pyramid is upscale consignment. Consignment stores are more selective, therefore it is likely that you will find highquality and gentlyworn designer pieces for a fraction of the price. Next up is vintage which, like consignment, is selective and typically high quality. There is also clothing that people sell for fast cash, and if you play your cards right you can find one of a kind designer outfits for next to nothing. Finally comes donated clothing which is a toss up; you can find some serious gems, but you could also find skid marks. So it’s important to be patient and shop wisely.
The big picture is that we are producing way too much trash unnecessarily, and we all have the capacity to cut down. These simple changes aren’t just beneficial for the environment, they also mean that you don’t have to take out the trash as frequently. So even if you are not into mamma nature, going wastefree creates more free time in your schedule.