Its Earth Day and we wanted to think about ways to be kind to our grand blue marble, Earth.
Here are 6 simple things you can do to drastically reduce your plastic waste.
With all the plastic being dumped into landfill and floating in our oceans, the time has come for all of us to behave more responsibly.
And that’s actually pretty easy.
You don’t have to be perfect, or completely change your way of living. Just follow these simple steps and you will cut down a lot of unnecessary waste.
Change your mindset
It all starts with changing the mindset.
Once you start to actively reduce your waste, you will realize just how much waste there is everywhere. And then, you’ll be able to make conscious decisions about what you buy.
You will be better prepared and will be likely to buy less “stuff” – as you’ll only buy what you need. That, in turn, can help you save money!
2. Say no to plastic bags
The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year. So if you choose to stop using just one type of plastic – the plastic bag is a great place to start.
Stock up with a few reusable bags and you’ll never have to contribute to this waste again.
For example, reuseable produce bags are great to use to pack your fruit and veggies at markets. Pop your produce straight in the bags, and when you get home – wash them inside the bag, and pop them straight in the fridge.
They are also handy to use while shopping in a grocery store, or for general organization too.
3. Swap your plastic toothbrush for bamboo
It’s recommended that we change our toothbrush every 3-4 months. If these toothbrushes are plastic toothbrushes, that’s a huge amount of plastic waste that is being discarded every single year.
In fact, over 1 billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every year in America alone.
Imagine if 50% of the American population swapped their plastic brush for a biodegradable bamboo brush. That would prevent 500 million pieces of plastic entering our environment every year, and 5 billion every decade!
Check out these bamboo toothbrushes – they work super well, have been recommended by multiple hygienists, come in cute colors, and work out to cost under $1.49 per brush (often cheaper than plastic ones.)
Swapping your plastic for bamboo toothbrush is another small change you can make, and save money while helping the environment, too.
4. Rethink the straw
Plastic straws are a one and done event. They are too small to be recycled, so their only destiny is either landfill or floating in our ocean.
Ask yourself: Do you really need the straw? Maybe it’s an added luxury…and you could get used to drinking without one?
Alternatively, you can keep a small pack of reusable straws in your bag at all times…and whip out in times of need. They are easy to clean and kind to our wildlife. Whether you prefer stainless steel drinking straws or bamboo straws, you’ll never have to drink with a plastic straw again.
5. Buy locally
At Cherry Grove Farm, we’re all about sustainable farming and treading lightly on the land.
When you buy from local markets, you can cut down your consumption of plastic packaging and will end up throwing less away. We have a small “Sustainable Re-useables” section in the farm store that makes cutting back on waste a bit easier. Try our re-useable tea bags and coffee filters, or reusable beeswax wraps to keep food fresh without using plastic wrap.
6. Make more at home
There’s nothing wrong with getting take-out; the problem is the packaging that the take out often comes in.
Plastic lids, cutlery, wrap, styrofoam, polystyrene… None of it biodegrades which means that even though your meal only lasted once, the packaging will last forever.
We know it can be difficult to find the time for home cooking, but cooking meals in bulk can cut down a huge amount of time. And make enough to last two or three meals and it can be just as convenient as a take out – but with all the added benefits of being home-made, chemical-free, and plastic-free.
But if you must have those pot stickers or tacos al pastor, why not have a handy reuseable bamboo cutlery pack in the car and just say no to the plastic utensils? Reduce waste in your life.
Earth Day is a good day to think about what we can do to reduce waste and single use disposables. Hopefully these 6 simple steps have given you a little inspiration to reduce your waste today. And remember – it doesn’t all have to be implemented at once. Just one small change can make a big difference.
We are considering expanding our “Sustainables” section in the store to include bamboo reuseables. Tell us if this would help you reduce waste in your life!