In honor of our beautiful earth, here's a few ways to radically (and easily) reduce waste. Extremely gratifying and fun! Do you accept the challenge?
Drink Water Responsibly
There's a reusable stainless steel bottle out there to match every personality and lifestyle. 18/8 food grade stainless doesn't corrode or leach toxic chemicals like plastic, and will last virtually a lifetime. This simple switch from disposable water bottles can save up to $1,400 per year.
Tapped-in appliances, even in the "off" position, (such as lamps, toasters or coffee makers) use electricity. Conserve resources, and money on your next electricity bill, by unplugging when you don't need them.
Doing some spring cleaning? Before you donate, see if anything can be re-purposed. Turn an old t-shirt into a tank top, paint a patio set to match your current style, or create a beautiful flower arrangement in a glass food jar.
Love Your Mug
We all love our morning cup of joe, but those single-use cups in the break room end up in landfills. Styrofoam, or polystyrene, can also leach carcinogens into your drink, especially when hot. Trade the throw-aways in for a sturdy mug, one that displays your love of cats, favorite place to travel to, or just your love of caffeine.
Nix The Faucet
Is the water flowing while you do the dishes? Spray them down quickly instead, shut the faucet off, then scrub away. Dishwashing liquids, including Eco-friendly versions, are meant to suds up without a ton of water. When you need more H20, add it sparingly.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)
Picture a plastic bag rolling down the street like a tumbleweed...unfortunately, we're all too familiar with that image. Do your part to clean up our world by refusing paper or plastic. Reusable grocery bags pack tightly into your car and do so much good for the planet - no debris trail from your last shopping trip.
Article inspired by Greatlist.com "Join Greatlist's 30-Day Challenge to Radically Reduce Waste!" found here.