You have heard the saying " A journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step." What Lao Tzu said over 2,000 years ago still holds true today. Zero waste living is a journey. You can easily get lost, turned around and constantly overwhelmed. The most important thing to keep in mind it is not about how quickly you finish your journey, the most important part is that you start and stay persistent toward your goal. Don't feel you need to do all 5 of these to be zero waste. Pick the ones you know you can do and stick to. Every one of these 5 switches makes a big difference over the course of a year.
1 Reusable Straw
Switching from plastic to reusable straws is at the top of this list and for good reason. It is super simple to do and makes a huge difference. Every day in America 500,000,000 straws are used that works out to 1.5 straws per person per day. By using a metal reusable straw or no straw at all you will save over 540 plastic straws from polluting our landfills and oceans each year.
2 Reusable Bag
Number 2 on this list is reusable bags. Making the switch from plastic or even paper bags to reusable bags is simple and has the potential to make a humongous difference in reducing waste. Annually 500 billion plastic bags are used. These bags only see 15 minutes of service before they are tossed away. They will then enter the land fills and oceans, contaminate our food and water supply and pose life threating dangers to marine and animal lives. 500 billion bags a year breaks down to the average person using 83 bags per annum. Moving your family of 3 onto reusable cloth bags would save 249 plastic bags per year.
3 Reusable Water Bottle
Swapping plastic water bottles for reusable containers is a simple and effective way to reduce your waste. This switch saves your wallet and the environment. Every year 18 billion water bottles enter our land fills and oceans leaching harmful chemicals into our food and endangering marine life. By switching to a glass mason jar or a stainless steel bottle filled with filtered tap water you will reduce your waste and the money spent on bottled water.
The paper industry is one that produces a lot of waste and leads to deforestation. Substituting paper napkins when you want to dry your hands will do a great deal in reducing air pollution water waste and paper waste. Instead of using paper napkins to dry your hands try using old articles of clothing, socks or even buying a dedicated rag.
5 Toothpaste Tubes
The tubes that most toothpaste come in are made from #4 (LDPE). LDPE stands for Low Density Polyethylene it is often not recycled because of its difficulty to be sorted out by machines, which is why every year nearly 1 billion toothpaste tubes end up in the land fills and oceans each year. A good option is to switch from toothpaste in plastic tubes to toothpaste in a glass jar like the one we sale on our site. The toothpaste like every thing on our shop is cruelty free and vegan , and when you are out of toothpaste you can repurpose the glass jar to hold something else or recycle it.
In conclusion there are many simple switches that you can do that will reduce your waste. Remember this is a journey. It is ok if right now you can only do one of these 5. The most important thing is to start and stay consistent because every 1 of these makes a difference each day you do them especially over the course of a year. If you want 5 more switches you can make to help you reduce your waste. I will send you a personalized list straight to your inbox. Get your list today