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3 Simple Ways To Reuse And Reduce Waste In Your Life

March 18, 2020

Do you have the slightest clue as to how much waste you generate? Probably not! 

While one might not know how much waste they generate exactly, the sad truth is that all waste has a hefty cost attached to it – both for us as well as the environment. So, why not start stretching every pound as much as you can by reusing items instead of using them just once? When we reuse, not only do we reduce the use of natural resources and energy, but we also buy less. So every time you reuse, you’re killing two birds with one stone – making your life cheaper and greener!

Here’s a window into small changes you can implement in your daily routine that can make the planet a better place.


1) Say Goodbye To Straws

Do you know how long it takes for a straw to decompose? 200 years! Quite a long time, right? Well, straws are not only unnecessary but they are also a complete waste and take two centuries to decompose. Saying goodbye to straws need not be an inconvenience, use reusable straws, or drink from washable and reusable cups. The more thought you put into not using them, the greater the impact you’ll make on the environment. 

Alternative -> Buy metal straws and reuse them.


2) Stop Buying Water Bottles

A research conducted by National Geographic revealed that approximately 91% of plastic is not recycled. Flabbergasting, right? Not only is this revelation sickening, but there are pretty straightforward solutions to this problem – STOP buying water bottles! Instead, opt to use reusable and washable bottles. Have one with you all the time, so you don’t need to buy a plastic container and stay hydrated. 

Alternative -> Keep a washable bottle in your backpack or car since it’s an excellent way to stop waste and stay hydrated at the same time


3) Stop Using Plastic Bags For Groceries

There’s another easy fix to your weekly grocery shopping. Instead of using plastic bags to shop for groceries, why not ask the bagger at the cashier to pack your groceries in a reusable fabric bag? Reusable fabric bags are super cheap, and after your shopping, you can put them back in the car for next time. If you forget to bring your fabric bags, reuse plastic bags. They can come in handy as trash bags for your trash cans. Besides, if you have a canine companion, use the plastic bag to pick up the poop on your walks and lawn. 

Alternative -> Use fabric or canvas bags 


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