Our habits have a cumulative impact over time. All those little things add up! That's why small changes can make a big difference. Here are a few easy things you can do to reduce your waste:
Don't forget your bag
Plastic bags are terrible for the environment. Opt for reusable bags for all your shopping (not just groceries). Put one in your purse, backpack and/or car so you’re never caught off guard when you need to make a purchase.
Say no to plastic straws
These little suckers can’t be recycled. Request your drinks with no straw when ordering out. Drink directly from the cup or bring your own reusable straw (stainless, bamboo, silicone, etc.) if you need one.
Bring your own bottle
Plastic bottles require fossil fuels to make and transport, and paper cups can't be recycled because they're lined with plastic. Refill a reusable bottle with your favorite drink and stay hydrated all day long.
Drink coffee waste-free
At home, make coffee with a French press or espresso machine and buy your beans in bulk (unpackaged). If you have a Keurig machine, switch to reusable K-Cups. When you buy coffee out, ask for a mug if you’re staying in or ask them to fill your reusable travel mug.
Try loose tea
Tea is compostable, but those individual tea bags might not be. Buy loose tea package-free at a refill store, or in a metal tin at your grocery store (then reuse or recycle the canister when you’re done). Loose tea saves a staple, string, paper tag and pouch with every cup!
Use bar soap
You’ll eliminate the plastic bottle and save money. Opt for bar soap (preferably unwrapped) instead of liquid soap for hands, face and body. You can use shaving bars or glycerine soaps instead of shaving cream. You can use shampoo and conditioner bars for your hair.
Upgrade your razor
Instead of a plastic razor with disposable blades, use a stainless steel safety razor with replaceable (and recyclable) blades. The handle will last forever, and the blades are super cheap. It makes this grooming habit feel ultra luxurious.
Make your own cleaners
When your store-bought cleaner runs out, refill the bottle with a homemade version. Not only does this save plastic bottles, it’s also cheaper and healthier (no toxic chemicals in your home). All you need to make an all-purpose household cleaner is water and vinegar.