Something that has come up in my Pinterest and Instagram feeds a lot lately is reducing waste. I have always been aware of the fact that I threw away too much. Especially when it comes to food. But where do you start? These are a few things I did in my very early stages of reducing our waste.
If you have seen or read this blog, you know how much I love documentaires. And that is what I did first. I have seen plenty of food and minimalism ones, but the one that got me excited to look at our waste is ‘A plastic ocean’. I have already watched it twice and I can tell you I will watch it again within a month. It is that good guys! It makes you aware of how badly we treat the earth with our plastic and how easy we can make a few changes. Which brings me to the next point:
Buy fruit and vegetables without plastic
Now this is a difficult one for me. I buy without plastic as much as I can. I don’t put apples, bananas or pears in anything other than my own bag. But some fruits just come in plastic, same goes for vegetables. Grapes for example, or a bag of spinach. There is just no other solution for me at this point. But I have to look into going to a market, because that will help a lot. Just start where you can and try to reduce it as much as possible. Every bit helps.
Bring your own bag to the stores
This, on the other hand, is super easy. I never bought a bag with every purchase, but decided to be even more strict in this. If you didn’t bring a bag than don’t buy more than you can carry. Or you can always buy a canvas bag. I bought a few foldable bags (You have some really simple ones like these, or what about these fun ones: fruit shaped or fish shaped!) and have one in every single purse I own. This ensures you that you always have a little bag and makes it easier when you have to make a quick grocery stop.
Use a water bottle or coffeecup
This is not really the case for me, since I work from home and don’t need to bring a bottle with me to work. But if you do work out of the house, make sure you bring a (glass) bottle. Don’t buy one at a gas station.
Use cloth diapers
I have to be honest here, I have a love-hate relationship with cloth diapers. I’ll have a blogpost soon about the ‘hate’ part, but for now I want to focus on the ‘love’. I am a huge fan of the idea of not using disposable diapers. I use about 5-6 diapers a day, which means 35-42 diapers a week! A week! And that is with just one child. I can only imagine how large the diaper pile must be when you add up all the diapers used in the world in a day. Seriously, we should all go back to cloth diapers. If only for the environment. An added bonus is the cost, because it saves you a huge amount of money. Think about the 35 diapers a week, that means 2 packages a month, whilst the diapers can just be added to your laundry that you were about to wash anyway.
But, like I said, I’ll go into more detail about the cloth diapers soon, because you could talk forever about the good and bad parts of them.