Do you do what you can to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle? If not, you’re likely
contributing to the pollution filling up our waterways, contaminating the air we breathe and littering our landscapes. The good news is there are a few simple and convenient ways you can adjust your habits to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Swap Plastic Straws for Reusable Ones.
You’d be surprised just how many plastic straws end up polluting landfills. Think about it. Every drink served at a restaurant or bar comes with one. That’s a whole lot of plastic pollution! To do your part, forego plastic straws and instead get yourself some that are reusable. For example, a stainless steel straw can be washed and reused over and over.
Grab Reusable Shopping & Snack Bags.
Every time your grocer packs your groceries in plastic bags, you’re doing the planet a disservice. Though convenient and strong enough to carry groceries, plastic grocer bags are some of the biggest polluters. This is why it’s recommended you invest in reusable shopping bags and washable snack bags made out of canvas, silicone or any other eco-friendly material.
Ditch Disposable Razors for Shaving.
There are a lot of legs and faces in the world! Since most are not biodegradable, those plastic razors you use to shave with end up polluting dumps. Chemicals from the plastic can even seep into rivers, canals and runoffs. So rather than reaching for a disposable razor, opt for one that can be reused time and time again. You can sharpen your own blades or use more eco-friendly blade replacements.
A few other ways to live waste-free or waste-minimal include switching from pads and tampons to reusable menstruation cups, choosing foods packaged in cardboard boxes rather than ones packaged in plastic bottles and pouring your morning joe or hot herbal teas into reusable coffee mugs, thermos canisters and cups.