Hey lovelies! I hope you all are holding up well all things considered. I know that these times can be stressful and challenging but we are in this together. Hold onto your faith and ride it out as best as you can. We cannot predict the future but all we really have is right now. I pray for everyone to have peace that surpasses understanding during these times. I also pray for those who have been affected physically and/or financially by these unforeseen circumstances. You are not alone. I’m right there with you!
Please don’t misinterpret my posting as me being insensitive toward what everyone is going through. I just think it can be helpful to resume some semblance of normalcy and want to be a bright spot during a hard time. That said, I want to talk to you about my recent interest in producing less waste.
I’m definitely not a zero waste ultra-vegan all star here, so don’t hold me to that. However, recently I’ve been trying to find ways to cut down on the amount of trash I produce. I’m at the beginning of a journey so I intend to improve constantly and I don’t want to continue to mindlessly contribute to the problem of trashing out our planet. I mean, we have nowhere else to live. So here are a few ways I’ve found to be helpful:
Reusable Grocery Bags
I started doing this when I was much younger but fell off over time. This is probably one of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of plastic you use. I just keep some in my car for those sporadic trips, but I have a drawer in my kitchen that I can pull from any time.
Use Glass Bottles
Instead of drinking out of plastic water bottles and drinks, try using a glass bottle that you can wash and refill. It produces less waste and it makes your drinks taste better if you ask me.
Clean with Microfiber Cloths
Lately, I have been trying to use microfiber cloths instead of paper towels for cleaning. I am not at 100% with this but I’m using them more and more. I think the cheaper ones are good for countertops but I would use the ones that are a tad more expensive for cleaning glass so they won’t shed.
Decorate with Plants
Plants are the perfect way to not only boost the aesthetic of your home, but they also improve your air quality. They can help with your mood and give you something to take care of. I don’t have the collection that I want to but I have learned to love on the plant babies that I have. Watching them grow is so satisfying and they prevent you from having to buy a bunch of decorative trinkets that you’re going to get tired of in a few months.
Buy in Bulk
This one is simple. Buying in bulk means less packaging less often which means less waste. Then, you can just buy your containers once and continue to refill them. Super simple and it means you won’t run out of stuff when you need it most.
Be cognizant of the things you already have. You may be able to repurpose art, decor, furniture, tools, etc. Also, keeping inventory of your pantry, fridge and freezer will keep you from repeat buying food items that you already have and letting them go bad.
I love this adventure and look forward to learning more and improving as I go. What are your tips for producing less waste?