In honor of Earth Day 2014, we put together a list of 10 easy tips for reducing waste in our every day lives.
1. Use a reusable water bottle.
This is not only a way to save hundreds of tons of plastic from going to the landfill but also save your wallet some hard earned cash. Tap water is 1000 times less expensive than bottled water.
2. Use a water bottle holder or carabineer.
We often choose plastic water bottles because of the convenience. Consider a water bottle holder or carabineer that will easily keep your bottle close to your side at all times.
3. Bring your lunch in a reusable bag.
It was cool in grade school to have the best lunch bag, so why not now!
4. Bring your own silverware to lunch.
Ditch the plastic fork and knives and bring a reusable set. Don’t want to bring the good stuff, pick up a stainless steel set at any outdoor/camping store.
5. Replace paper towels with dishtowels or cloth napkins.
One-time use items are a thing of the past. Keep it reusable.
6. Choose aluminum over plastic.
Aluminum can be indefinitely recycled. Only certain plastics can be easily recycled or have a decent resale value.
7. Bring your own to-go containers.
Most Waste Management facilities don’t have the certifications to recycle Styrofoam. And even if they can the oil and grease from food renders it un-recyclable.
8. Forgot your own to-go container; ask for food to be wrapped in foil instead of put in a Styrofoam container.
Foil is aluminum and can be recycled easily while Styrofoam can not.
9. Buy items in bulk.
Bulk items often have less packaging waste, thus one more reason to love Costco.
10. Don’t take it, if you don’t need it.
This can be for handouts, promotional materials, take-home menus, brochures, and much more. If you want to remember and save the information being given, take a picture instead.