If you’re just starting to draft your New Year’s goals, or are already on the road to 2020 success, it isn’t too late to include a #LiveGreen resolution. Check out some ideas and tips below:
RESOLUTION #1. GO PLASTIC-FREE
Every time you buy a single-use plastic item, such as a water bottle, drinking straw, plastic cutlery, plastic lids for the coffee cup etc., not only is this generating waste, but it will automatically create the need for more. Even it might not seem that important, these items often are not recycled properly and are not biodegradable.
The good thing is that you can find reusable versions for all these products, made from glass, stainless steel metal, bamboo or any other sustainable material. Another thing that you could easily do, is to bring your own reusable cloth grocery bag to the store. You could also get reusable dispensers for your bathroom and kitchen, replace plastic containers with glass jars, use a bamboo toothbrush, and slowly replace all the plastic with eco-friendly biodegradable materials.
Through these actions, you will contribute to the reduction of our plastic footprint on the environment.
RESOLUTION #2: BUY IN BULK
Looking around your home, your work area, etc., you may see items that need constant replacing, yet you buy in small packages. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, around 45 percent of waste in landfills can be attributed to food packaging and containers. Instead of buying small plastic containers or bottles, like soap or detergent for example, you could buy in bulk and refill your reusable dispensers and this way reduce packaging. An added perk is that you’ll also save money!
RESOLUTION #3: RECYCLE RIGHT
Now, this one is not as easy as it sounds. One of the reasons is that almost all the products that we buy are not packaged in just plastic, or just paper. To appeal to customers, most producers go above and beyond with the packings. For example, a carton of milk, depending on the producer, might have a plastic top. This means that you will need to manually separate the plastic top from the container and discard them in the appropriate bins, according to the recycling code on each item. To learn more about recycling right, checkout these tips.
RESOLUTION #4: START COMPOSTING
Composting does not mean that you should start gardening, although you can only imagine the benefits both you and the environment could get from that! But, taking advantage of your local compost waste management systems (green bins if you have them, or perhaps a compost center in your area).
Composting provides a way not only of reducing the amount of waste that needs to be disposed of, but also of converting it into a product that is useful for gardening, landscaping, or house plants. Compost can be used as a natural fertilizer, thus no longer requiring toxic chemicals, it prevents plant pests, promotes the development of microorganisms that are healthy for the soil and that involve in breaking down other organic wastes, and much more. Learn more about composting, including where to locate your nearest composting site here.
RESOLUTION #5: BUY LOCAL
There are many reasons you should buy local products, and sustainability is one of them. One of the major goals of sustainability is a clean environment. Products manufactured and produced locally, don’t require long-distance shipments, thus reducing vehicle emissions and air pollution. Keep this in mind when you go shopping for groceries, and when you’re looking for new dog treats (something we prioritize here at EarthyPup!).
Sustainability is a global matter, and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the complexity of the entire problem. But know you are not alone, and that there are many ways to reduce our footprint on the planet. Realizing the things that we do daily can have an essential impact on the environment, is the first step! Now, take action by integrating #LiveGreen2020 goal into your New Year’s resolutions.