More and more people are starting to care about the environment. We are constantly hearing about the damage people have done to the Earth, which is making us millennials act fast. I feel like everyone around me is trying to reuse, reduce, and recycle. Our generation is turning green and trying to fix the damage done to the Earth. An easy way you can jump on board the green train is to be waste-free, or at least try to be!
Here are the 5 beginner steps to reduce waste.
Reusable Water Bottle
Everyday, 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown out that end up in our waterways, on the side of the road, or in landfills. Buying a reusable water bottle will reduce pollution significantly. If you have to buy a plastic water bottle, keep it and keep filling up the same one. Make sure you wash it or bacteria could build up! Just by reusing a water bottle is a significant first step towards having a zero-waste life.
Over 100,000 turtles die every year because they ate plastic in the ocean. Over 1.2 billion plastic bags are used and thrown out in America every week. Imagine how many are thrown away worldwide! That garbage adds up! Start using reusable bags. It’s worth it, and it’ll save you money.
Reuse Food Containers
If you start reusing pickle jars, jam jars, peanut butter containers, and plastic hummus containers, over time, your kitchen will be waste-free. Start going to bulk food stores to buy groceries and use your recycled containers to store the food! Think about all the garbage you won’t have to deal with.
Use You Glass Containers for Takeout
When I was a waitress, we had a customer who would bring a glass container for their takeout order. So, yes, it’s possible to get waste-free takeout. All you have to do is bring your container. Let them know you don’t need any napkins or cutlery! Just make sure your container is clean, and let them know why. Most places don’t mind doing this!
Most coffee shops sell to-go cups for a cheap price and will offer a discount everytime you use it. Yay for cafes jumping on board the green train! When you get a coffee before work, use your to-go cup to reduce waste, or, if you’re drinking it in the coffee shop ask for a mug. Both Starbucks, and Tim Hortons have sit-in glass cups you can use.Living a zero-waste life doesn’t happen overnight. It’s not something you can just wake up, and do. It could take over a year to have an absolute zero-waste life. It’ll happen eventually with the small steps you take to get there.
Always remember to recycle what you can, compost what you can and reuse what you can!
What do you do to live a zero-waste life?