10 Waste to Reduce Waste in 2020 | Zero Waste Swaps for Beginners
10 Ways That You Can Reduce Your Waste in 2020
1. Reusable Bag
Many people talk about it, but it's true, always have a reusable bag on you. It may seem like something so simple but it actually makes a big difference. One trillion single-use plastic bags are used across the globe every single year, which is basically two million every minute.
2. Reusable Coffee Cup
Reusable coffee cups can be easily stored in your car or purse. Opt for one that is double insulated, which means it's good for hot and cold beverages. The world uses 500 billion plastic cups every year. 16 billion disposable coffee cups are used each year. Not only are you saving the planet, but most coffee shops also give you a discount for bringing your own cup.
3. Stasher Bags
Get rid of single-use plastic baggies and opt for using a stasher bag. Stasher bags are reusable silicone bags. They can be used to store pretty much anything, from food to electronics. They're great for traveling, and you no longer need to buy single-use Ziploc baggies. It's a great way to save money and the planet.
Bring your own cutlery. A lot of people will go out and buy a bamboo set. Honestly, just save the money and use what you already have at home. Bring a fork or a spoon with you. If you think about all the times you eat out and they have single-use forks and knives, those aren't being recycled. The best thing you can do is just bring your own.
5. Bamboo Toothbrush
Buy a bamboo toothbrush. Pretty much every toothbrush that's been created that's plastic is still around. You can't really recycle them which means they're just sitting in landfills. Bamboo toothbrushes are super affordable, and you can compost them at the end of life.
6. Reusable Produce Bag
Never get those single-use plastic baggies from the store. It's kind of programmed into us to get these bags. Why do you need to put bananas in a plastic bag? It's not necessary. Either don't use a bag or get yourself a reusable produce bag. This just also comes in handy, too, as a backup bag. It's super compact and can fit in any purse or bag.
7. Shop in Bulk
Try to shop in bulk if you can. Sprouts and Whole Foods have a decent bulk section. My favorite place to go to in L.A. is called Co+opportunity Market and Deli. They have a ginormous bulk section. This is actually where I get teas and spices in bulk. Most tea bags are made out of plastic. So opt for buying in bulk if possible.
8. Reduce Food Waste
"Forty percent of all the food in this country never makes it to the table — at a cost of $165 billion to the U.S. economy," Often times when you see a single fruit or vegetable that's sitting off to the side by itself, it's more likely going to get wasted. Most people don't pick up the single one, the pick the bunch. What I opt to do is pick up produce that is slightly damaged or are by themselves, that I think people won't pick up. Just because produce is biodegradable/compostable doesn't me that it won't end up in a landfill sitting there for years. When food its properly disposed of, it will just end up with trash piled on top it up, leaving no oxygen for it to decompose.
9. Reusable Straws or No Straw
I know a lot of people talk about bringing their own straws. Honestly, you could opt for not using a straw unless you're someone that needs to.
10. Plastic-free toilet paper
Buying toilet paper that does not come in plastic can seem like a struggle. bamboo toilet paper by Reel is 100% packaged plastic-free. They also give back to communities in Africa. Bamboo doesn't take as many resources, like water and land to grow as trees do. When brands use bamboo and recycled paper and also don't wrap it in plastic, it's a go for me.
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Thanks for reading and I hope this has been helpful!