Our lovely ambassador Wohali is living a zero waste lifestyle and we are proudly sharing her tips on how to reduce your daily waste and protect our environment.
Small few changes to your daily routines will already be making a difference! Start with being aware of the amount of small trash that’s accumulating in your day to day lives. Things like plastic straws and to-go containers.
Tip #1 GET YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE
Carry a water bottle at all times to save money from buying water or other bottles and reduce your plastic consumption! Preferably a glass or stainless steal bottle.
*Ayur bottle donates to build a water well in India with every purchase
Tip #2 SAY NO TO STRAWS
When at a restaurant don't use the plastic straw! In today's world it has become the norm to always use a plastic straw with your drink, instead just drink from the glass or if you're in love with straws order a stainless steel or bamboo straw and carry it with you! Here is a link where you can order one.
Tip #3 CARRY YOUR OWN SILVER WEAR
Don’t use plastic cutlery when possible! Instead try to carry your own silver wear or order some to-go bamboo cutlery; this link has a pack with the spoon, fork, straw, and straw cleaner in a to-go pouch but you can find bamboo cutlery in other online stores by them selves, I just personally love the set!
Tip #4 ALWAYS BRING A SHOPPING BAG
When going grocery shopping, try to avoid plastic bags at all costs! Instead invest in some reusable bags, they are sold in most grocery
Tip #5 BUY IN BULK
(This tip is if possible.) In my town we have a CO-OP that sells items in bulk like flour, rice, and peanut butter. But if you can or are willing buying in bulk it is another way to reduce waste in your daily life! BEWARE of double packaging “bulk items.” Look for bulk bins where you can bring your own containers! Here is a link to find a bulk store near you!
Tip #6 BRING YOUR OWN TUPPERWARE
A great tip to help create change is to not get to-go containers (made from styrofoam especially) and instead bring some Tupperware from your home to carry any left overs you may have!
Tip #7 AVOID INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED ITEM
Try to avoid individually wrapped items at all costs! Food items that come in individual “to-go” packaging come in wrappers that most likely can NOT be recycled OR reused. The trash from packaging makes up a big chunk in landfills.
Tip #8 REUSE OLD CONTAINERS
Going with Tip #7, before you start buying new containers, look around and see if you have some you can use (such as pasta sauces, they come in glass jars you can usually wash that and it's a perfect bulk container!) Start looking and reusing! (Reuse before you recycle!!!)
Tip #9 VISIT A LOCAL THRIFT STORE
Go to local thrift stores to donate or find clothes for you! Not only are you recycling good clothing you no longer use, but you can find good clothing while recycling.
We can all make an effort to produce a bit less waste in the trash can. One American on average throws away 4.4 lbs a day, that means 1,606 lbs per year! To put that into perspective that, the height of that trash is 192 ft cubed, the same size as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. One individual can make a tremendous difference.
Together we can make a difference; it starts with you!
Thank you to our ambassador Wohali for the tips!