I don’t know if you’ve heard, but garbage is so passé. Pollution is a major problem, contributing to the destruction of ecosystems, ruining our health, and just making our beautiful Earth look trashy. Just Google “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” for some eye-opening images. Most of the pollution that humans put out into the ocean is single-use plastics. Plastic plays an important role in our tech and medical industries, but do we really need to use plastic just for its convenience?
I have tried to reduce the amount of single-use plastics that I use in my home. Let’s be real, I am not Superwoman—I have a job, kids, hobbies, etc. I am busy. But here are 3 simple changes that I have made in order to make a difference:
- Remember your R’s: Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle.
Refuse to bring things into your life that you don’t need (I’m looking at you, free swag). Reduce the stuff in your home that you don’t use like clothes you don’t wear. Buy items that can be reused over and over instead of just once. Recyle what you can, which includes paper, plastics, and metal cans.
- Bring reusable grocery bags to the store:
This is so easy. Just keep them in the car. They are also sturdier and bigger than plastic bags, so that is a win! But don’t stop there—you can bring reusable produce bags to the store too. Reusable produce bags are easy to make, or available to purchase online. Or better yet, just skip the bag altogether. I have only had a cashier give me a strange look one time.
I have zero outdoor space to compost, so I have tried a few methods for indoor composting. The winner? Vermicomposting. That’s right—worms. It takes a bit of time and money to get your worms going, but they eat fast, produce great fertilizer for gardens or houseplants, and best of all—no smell!
There are TONS of other things you can do in order to reduce waste in your home. If you want to learn more about the zero waste movement and how you can reduce your dependence on single-use plastics, I personally recommend these titles that you can find here at the library: