While New Year’s Resolutions aren’t for everyone, we thought we would put together four easy habits or changes that you can make to lessen your impact on the environment.
1. Switch to toilet paper that comes in paper instead of plastic. This is one change that doesn’t occur to people, and one of the early changes I made. I am also spending less on toilet paper as it’s often cheaper than toilet paper that comes in plastic!
2. Stop using paper towel and use rags or reusable wipes. This is not only better for the environment, but better on your wallet. You can buy ‘unpaper towel’ from our shop, or you can simply cut up old t-shirts/sheets etc (that’s what I do). I have a big jar that I keep full of clean rags, and use that to wipe up spills and clean with – when they are dirty just throw them in a laundry bin! To clean mirrors or windows, I find newspaper works best (trust me).
3. Commit to only buying coffee or tea if you have a travel mug or can sit down in the cafe. This was maybe the hardest switch I made when I transitioned to living zero waste, but one that defiantly has a big impact. The disposable coffee cups are not recyclable as most of them have a plastic lining (check this picture out).
4. Buy less. Really think before you make purchases. Do you really need it? What impact does that have on the environment? As a society we over consume so much, and are conditioned to think that more stuff equals happiness. Do you really need to buy those new clothes? stuff? This year, try to think about if items you purchase are necessary, and if they are, think about these:
-Who made it?
-What is it made from?
-Where are they made?
-How was it made?