I recently learnt in just one day, we make 35,000 choices. Many of these choices have an impact on our environment, subconsciously or not. So in an effort to be a little more conscious in my choices, I’ve revisited my daily routine to stay mindful of my waste. Here are some small changes I’ve made to my every day.
From when you’re first up, keep your shower under 4 minutes.
Brush your teeth with a bamboo toothbrush. They’re sustainable so won’t sit in a plastic pile forever while you’ve moved onto the next.
Pack a reusable water bottle for the day. Plastic water bottles contribute to so much unnecessary landfill.
Bring a reusable coffee cup for your morning coffee – you won’t just help waste but most cafes give a discount, too!
Plan and prep your meals at home and pack your lunch in a reusable lunch box.
To avoid food leaks, ditch the plastic lunch bag for our insulated lunch bags. They’re made from sustainable materials and keep your lunch fresh, again and again. (They’re super easy to clean too!)
Keep a reusable cutlery set on hand if you buy lunch on-the-go. Plastic cutlery is used for such a short time, but takes hundreds of years to break down.
Off to the shops
Keep some reusable shopping bags in your car or near the front door so you don’t forget to bring it with you.
When possible, do shopping at bulk food stores and fruit markets. If you find yourself at a supermarket, always opt for unpackaged fruit and veg options and use netted or mushroom paper bags instead of the plastic bags to hold fresh produce.
In the kitchen
Store food in glass containers—they last longer than plastic plus, you’ll skip the cling wrap.
Use food scraps for good – start up a compost bin. It’ll feed your plants too! With a bit of knowledge, you can create some delicious soil for your garden.
Have a chat about your new eco habits with your family, friends, house mates, colleagues. You never know who you’ll inspire or who will have a great tip for you in return!
Some small changes in reducing waste will help lead to a big impact.
If you’ve got some hot tips you’d like to share, comment below: the more eco-friendly choices we all make, the better off we all are.
Written by Dani De Rome