1) Be conscious of the amount of waste you produce each day.
Start small. Try using one paper towel instead of two to clean up a minor spill.
Be aware of how much plastic wrap you usually use to cover leftovers, and challenge yourself to use less or use a reusable container instead.
2) Don’t trash items that can be recycled.
Applesauce/yogurt containers, most takeout boxes, and plastic silverware can all be recycled after a quick rinse.
Many people are unaware of how much of their waste can actually be recycled. Make an effort to research whether or not something is recyclable before throwing it away.
Find a recycling center near you- chances are, your nearest grocery store will have recycling bins available. Here you are also able to recycle all of the plastic grocery bags that have been steadily collecting in your house over time.
Composting may seem much more complicated than it really is. Get a small kitchen compost bin to start.
Instead of throwing away fruit and veggie scraps and other pieces of food, toss them in the compost bin!
After a period of time, you will be able to use the compost in your garden to fertilize your plants and help them grow.
Doing this reduces so much of the traditional waste that every family generates from food scraps.
4) Look for reusable alternatives to items you use daily.
Instead of using a plastic straw every time you go out, invest in a portable metal or bamboo straw (completely washable, reusable, and recyclable).
Instead of buying rolls upon rolls of paper towels every couple of weeks, invest in reusable ones!
Take a reusable water bottle with you everywhere you go to reduce the amount of plastic bottles you need to buy (saves the planet, and saves you money).
Many companies now make items such as reusable plastic bags (as an alternative to traditional plastic snack bags), silicone baking cups/molds (as an alternative to paper ones), and beeswax wraps (as a saran wrap alternative)!
5) Walk, bike, and carpool whenever possible!
Driving our cars constantly results in a large amount of air pollution by emitting toxic gases into the atmosphere from gasoline and the exhaust.
If you live in a city, chances are you should be able to get from one place to another easily by walking, biking, or using public transportation. These are all the most eco-friendly options.
If a car is still needed to get to your destination, carpooling with someone who is also traveling there is the best option because you are reducing the amount of cars needed to get to one location!
6) Invest in sustainable clothing brands.
Investing in high-quality, sustainable clothing can save you money in the long run, as the clothes will last longer than traditional clothing from the fast fashion industry.
Fast fashion clothing is often produced with harsh chemicals and unfriendly materials that can cause irritation and will often be worn out in a much shorter period of time than clothing from sustainable brands.
There are hundreds of organic clothing companies that can replace the usual low-quality stores that most people shop from.
So much waste is created from the textile industry; sustainable brands aim to create clothes of higher quality while also being mindful of the effect that their clothing production has on the environment.