Transitioning to a zero-waste lifestyle can be extremely intimidating. It may feel like a lot of sacrifices need to be made in order to reduce your impact. But the truth is we’ve gotten into the habit of not realizing how much we are consuming. The average American produces 4.5 pounds of trash per day, which equates to over 1,600 pounds a year. So it’s time for us to make a change, and the best way to do it is to take the journey one step at a time. Here are a few easy ways to cut down on your waste:
- Use reusable bags at the grocery store. The average person uses 500 plastic bags per year, and they all end up in the trash. More stores have begun to sell reusable bags for just a couple of dollars so you can pick some up next time you go to the store!
- Shorten those showers. Most Americans like to shower every day, but many people use more water than they would while taking a bath. Water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource in the world, so try limiting your showers to five minutes.
- Cut back on disposable cutlery! Disposable plastics are a huge waste contributor. Instead of using plastic forks and knives for lunch, keep a reusable set in your desk, bag, or car that can be rinsed off after use. I keep a fork from my kitchen in my office, and bamboo sets are great because they’re light enough to be thrown in any bag.
- Be aware of what products your buying. Nowadays, cleaning products and packaged food can come with a long list of artificial preservatives and who knows what else! Try to select all-natural and organic products to keep your life as clean and green as possible.
- Buy in Bulk! Buying food at bulk stores will save you a lot of money while significantly reducing your packaging waste. Products such as oatmeal, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and many others are typically sold in bulk stores. Bring your own container and fill her up!
For more information on how to transition to a waste-free lifestyle, check out the “Create Less Waste” tab in the menu. Remember, we all have a role to play in keeping the earth clean, and less is always more!