With 2018 well underway, it’s time to start crossing things off the checklist you’ve made before the New Year. But, how many checklists actually includes making the world a healthier place and creating less trash? Litter is becoming a global problem, and we all need to try more in order to resolve it.
Here are 16 easy ways to create less trash in 2018:
Invest in bee’s wax wraps
In order to eliminate the usage of the harmful plastic wraps, you can buy a set of bee’s wax wraps. These wraps are eco-friendly and the best part is that you can wash and re-use them for a whole year! Isn’t that great? You can find the wraps online for up to $20 for a set of 3.
Drinks without straws
The next time you’re out getting a drink with your friends, decline the straw offer and drink your beverage directly from the glass. You don’t really need straws, and they actually harming the environment as they’re plastic, so why use them? If you must, you can find stainless steel straws on Amazon for cheap.
Eat your ice-cream in a cone
Instead of getting your ice-cream in a cup, take it in a cone. In this way, you’ll create less plastic trash and the cone is actually delicious.
Use a menstrual cup instead of tampons
If you’re on your period, you can consider switching the tampons for menstrual cups. Yes, that’s a thing and the cups are actually a better, eco-friendly option. Just Google the term and we’re sure you’ll find affordable prices.
Buy your groceries in bulk
Switching to bulk groceries instead of packaged ones is a great eco option if you’re trying to create less trash. Don’t worry – the groceries will be even more delicious and even healthier.
Package-less soap instead of body wash products
A soap is a far better option that body washes as it’s wrapped in paper and won’t pollute the environment like the plastic body wash products. You can also try Lush’s naked shower gels – soaps in the shape of shower gel bottles. They’re pretty fun!
Don’t order plastic cutlery with your food
When ordering a pizza or a salad, tell them you won’t be needing the plastic cutlery. Do you really use it? We know we don’t. So, it’s better to go without the plastic fork instead of throwing it in the trash.
Find a reusable glass water bottle
Instead of drinking from plastic water bottles, you can switch to a reusable glass one. There are many designs you’re going to love, and you’ll be protecting the environment as well. Plastic water bottles are the main culprits for water pollution, which is why you need to switch now.
Buy a reusable coffee cup
Just like plastic water bottles, you need to replace your plastic coffee cup as well. There are almost endless reusable coffee cups you can use, and they’re pretty trendy as well.
Compose food waste on your own or in the neighborhood compost collection service
No, composing your own food waste isn’t just a hippy make-believe theory. It’s actually a great way of protecting the environment, so you might want to think about composing it on your own in the backyard. Or at least use the compost collection service if your neighborhood has one. Trust us – you’ll be doing yourself a favor.
Wash, label and reuse glass jars
Instead of throwing out your glass jars, you can wash and relabel them and use them for any purpose you can think of. They even make great DIY vases!
Buy less clothes
Sales are tempting, but buying something just because it’s dirt cheap even if you don’t need it is actually polluting the environment. About 6% of the garbage in New York is clothing, and it’s all because we’re buying things we don’t really need. So, save yourself some money and only buy clothes when you really need them.
Choose products with the less packaging
When buying anything from the market, go for the things with the less packaging. Fruit has its own protective “packaging”, so why get it in a plastic shell?
Have your clothes and shoes repaired instead of replacing them
Instead of getting new shoes and clothes at the slightest hole you notice on them, you can actually repair them. Many people throw their favorite boots just because the heels are worn, but you can actually get new heels and make the boots look brand new. Try it and you’ll be amazed by the results.
Avoid using coffee pods
Yes, they may taste great, but coffee pods are one of the most common items found on plastic landfills, and they won’t break down for another 150-500 years! So, just stop using them.
Don’t take a plastic bag when you don’t need one
No, you’re not obliged to get a plastic bag every time you buy something. If you can carry it on your own, just decline the bag and you’ll be doing the environment a favor.
Article and image source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/gyanyankovich