For any of us who have a growing interest in the environment and how to protect it; you certainly must have lived the frustration of finding what we read or watch regarding it not being exactly realistic or doable.
Haven’t we all been disappointed at ourselves for not being able to practice the “zero-waste” strategies at home or even making small gestures like buying glass straws? What about those trips to the market when we live in countries that do still rely heavily on packaging and plastic bags (which is most countries)?
And have you also intended to try some of those natural DIYs, but could not find some of the ingredients where you are?
There are also home machines and gadgets used to facilitate recycling and waste-management you must have come across, such as fertilizer mixers. However, these too are not available in all countries and for all classes. And this technology being relatively recent, it is difficult to know the quality we’d need. Finally, let’s be frank: most of us don’t have enough space in their house.
After going through this myself and procrastinating all my efforts for waste-management while constantly feeling terribly guilty, I finally took on the challenge of finding what I’d call “waste management 101 practices”. That is simple things we can do at home and at our workplace to participate in protecting our environment, and in which your spouse, colleagues and even children can be involved without much difficulty.
So, here are a few tips I tried myself and which I’d like to share with you:
- Start by buying in bulk instead of buying packaged products. It is usually cheaper, and when you buy only the quantity you need you aren’t wasting money on things that aren’t bringing value to your life
- Use cotton clothes instead of paper towels and disposable wipes
- Buy rechargeable batteries instead of traditional ones. You can find very affordable battery chargers online
- Choose biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic ones
- Look for concentrated versions of cleaning products that come in smaller bottles
- Or buy bigger size liquid soap bottles to refill the bottle you usually use
- Make your own scrubs. They can be as simple as mixing olive oil with granulated sugar
- Purchase meat wrapped in butcher paper instead of packed on non-recyclable styrofoam trays
- Always carry a reusable shopping bag in your car or your handbag
- Turn old shirts and towels into cleaning rags. I still remember how I used to disapprove of my mother doing so because I thought it was “cheap”. Little did I know at the time…
- Keep shoe boxes for storing old papers or small gadgets
- Don’t buy things just because they’re cheap!
- Bring dry cleaning bags & hangers back to the dry cleaner
- Donate used clothes
- Store reusable utensils and a cloth napkin at your desk
- Refill printer cartridges instead of buying new ones
- Always bring your reusable water bottle instead of buying a plastic one every time you’re thirsty
- Skip the straw. You don’t need it as much as you think
- Buy your ice cream in a cone instead of a cup. I just have to write I’m ever so proud of myself when I do that.
That’s all for now. If this looks like a lot, practice one tip at a time. You’ll see; it gets easier real quick.