It’s Earth Day so today I thought I would share some of the small changes I have been personally making over the last year to contribute less waste to our planet. We have all seen the videos of the sea turtles and trash in the oceans, but have you taken any steps to help eliminate waste? Imagine the world we can create with small changes that result in less pollution and reduced waste from single-use items. Here are the 5 small steps I have been taking to reduce waste on our planet.
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Ditch the Straws
This is probably the biggest change I have made in the last year when it comes to reducing my plastic waste. Whenever I am eating out, I tell my server I don’t need a straw. I personally don’t mind drinking off the rim of the glass at restaurants, but if you don’t like drinking off the rim of the glass, purchase reusable straws from Amazon and keep them in your bag. I have ordered regular straws and smoothie straws from Amazon and they have been perfect for this kind of situation.
Ditch Plastic Water Bottles
Use a reusable water bottle rather than purchasing bottled water at the store. This has been another big change I have made in the last few months even. I would purchase bottled water every time I went grocery shopping since I moved to Canton because the tap water here is not the greatest.Then I would drink about 5-7 bottles a day. Luckily, now my office has a water filter so when I am at work I fill up my Arbonne water bottle (which is also great for tracking my water intake for the day). We have still been using bottled water at home, but I always take the bottles to my nearest recycling center and never throw them in the trash. I am hoping Corey and I can keep working on reducing our plastic waste by eliminating bottled water all together.
Ditch Plastic Bags
Use reusable bags for shopping rather than single-use plastic bags. I keep my canvas grocery bags in the car so I always remember to bring them with me to the store. I have several bags that I have accumulated from different places, but you can find affordable reusable bags on Amazon – even cute ones like these. If you forget your reusable bags, make sure you recycle your plastic bags. Giant Eagle has a bin out front to put your bags in for recycling.
Ditch Dryer Sheets
Use dryer balls with essential oils rather than dryer sheets. I recently ordered Young Living’s dryer balls. I use a Young Living essential oils and Arbonne’s essential oils so I can’t wait to start using these.
Buy Environmentally Friendly Beauty and Skincare
Ever since I did the 30 Days to Healthy Living program a year-and-a-half ago, I have been making an effort to switch all of my beauty and skincare products to cleaner products. What I love most about Arbonne is their products are not only better for your body, but they are also environmentally friendly and do not contain ingredients that are harmful to the environment. Did you know some beauty products, especially facial cleansers with the micro beads, are terrible for the environment? Arbonne’s products are botanically based and follow the European standard and beyond, banning over 2,000 harmful ingredients from their products. I don’t know about you, but this policy made me want to switch everything in my life to their products. Plus all of their packaging is 100% recyclable so you don’t have to worry about that waste either. With their global sustainability commitment, Arbonne is doing amazing things to make sure they produce their products with the Earth in mind.
There you have it! These are the 5 small steps I have been following to reduce waste on our planet. Let me know in the comments below what you have been doing to reduce waste!