The internet came together strong recently with the push for the ultimate call to action: the #ZeroWaste movement. Now this movement isn't asking you to throw away every thing you own that makes waste or completely change everything you've come to love, don't worry. It's just a call to remind us all that we can do better when it comes to reducing, reusing, and recycling, and to not contribute to the landfill monster all of us know so well. The question is: how can we take part in the #ZeroWaste movement without overhauling our lives?
1. Say Good-bye To Plastic Straws
While these pesky little waste makers don't take up a huge portion of our daily consumption of plastic and other chemicals and they aren't the largest product filling our landfills, eliminating plastic drinking straws makes a huge difference. Next time you sit down at a restaurant just ask the server not to give you a straw - simple as that! You just took a step toward doing something good for the planet. Can't go without a straw in your drink? Get yourself a glass or stainless steel straw to take with you on the go.
2. Bring Your Own To Go Cups
These travel mugs, cups, and tumblers come in a variety of patterns, colors, and sizes for any need. Not only will bringing your own cup on the run allow you to have your coffee with you from the second you leave your doorway, but it will keep you from taking those disposable cups that will wind up in the landfill later on. Instead, just give your tumbler to the person behind the counter and ask them to fill it instead. Most places are more than willing and some will even give you a discount!
3. Bring Your Own Bag
Whether you're grocery shopping, out to dinner, or simply on the go, bringing a bag with you is never a bad idea. Instead of collecting plastic bags from every store or restaurant you shop at opt for using your own reusable bags. That way you throw out less and reduce the amount of plastic being used all in one go. Plus, these bags can be used in so many ways that it's worth the small investment.
4. Don't Take Free Stuff
We all see it. Free stuff is tempting but think for a minute before you reach out and take that free snow-globe, trinket, perfume, or add-on item to your order. It may seem like a great deal in the moment but are you really going to use them? If not I suggest leaving it behind as it is either going to collect dust, break, or be thrown away in a short amount of time anyway.
Of course, there are a number of ways to contribute to the #ZeroWaste movement but this is just a great place to start. What ways can you think of?
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