Whether it is on the street, TV, or social media, you have probably heard of the tagline "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle". If you have not, it is a tagline that encourages everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle all goods to promote a sustainable society and environment.
We strongly encourage our audience to live a minimal lifestyle at which you only own things that are necessary to declutter your mind and be sustainable. Not only living minimal saves your money in the bank, it also saves the environment!
What many of us see in the mall or online stores are products or "finished goods" that are ready for consumption. What we don't see is that each product requires a lot of materials (including raw materials that are extracted from earth) and energy to produce, which results in air and water pollution; wastes from factories usually ended up in landfills.
If you have always wanted to reduce waste, but you can't get it started because it is "inconvenient". Well let us tell you something -- when habits are formed, they are harder to change. Once you have adopted the habit of reducing waste, you will eventually start to recycle and reduce waste without putting in any effort.
Okay! If you are ready to make it happen, read on.
Here are the 5 ways to reduce waste as a beginner.
1. Refuse to use products that are non-biodegradable
Essentially, non-biodegradable products are products that are inorganic and can not be broken down naturally. Because it can not be broken down into microorganisms or processes over time, non-biodegradable products takes up a lot of space over time and will remain in the environment.
The most common known fact about non-biodegradable products (ie. plastics), is that it affects the marine life. Plastic containers and bags are commonly found in beaches. Over time, we see that the plastic bags and containers end up floating in the ocean where it suffocates fishes and turtles. Some marine animals might eat them, resulting in digestive issues.
To save the marine life and our environment, you can first start by not accepting plastic bags from the groceries or shopping malls, instead you bring your own net bags and recycle bags wherever you go.
2. Reuse, reuse, reuse
Okay, there are a lot of things that we can reuse. But we are going to use "clothing" as an example, because we know, many of us can get pretty crazy when it comes to shopping! Fashion trends come and go, in fact, to be honest, it is somewhat determined by fashion editors. Think about it. But, style is always constant because it defines you. Your style is exclusively you and you do not need the latest trendy outfit to make you look "stylish". So learn to reuse your old clothes and create a brand new look for yourself. In fact, tailoring old clothing has becoming popular these days.
Another way to reuse is to shop at thrift stores. Someone's trash is someone else's treasure. You'll find gem in thrift stores and the best thing about it is, it is inexpensive!
3. Separate your trash bins
To make things easier for you to recycle, separate your trash into 3 bins: Paper, Plastic, Cans and Trash (biodegradable items, like food.)
4. Bring your own mug or water bottle everywhere you go
If you have forgotten to bring your water bottle, chances of you getting a bottle of water from the convenient store that is made of plastic is higher. If you needed a cup of coffee at the cafe nearby, offer the barista to fill your mug. This is so you can reduce the usage of paper cups. Remember, start building a habit to reuse, reduce and recycle.
5. Plant trees! *Don't worry, you don't need massive space for this
We have just recently stumbled upon a browser, Ecosia, that enables you to contribute in planting trees without physically planting it. For an average of 45 searches on this browser, the community at Ecosia will plant a tree for you! Not just any tree though. They will be planting Acacia tree because it was believed that acacia tree makes the soil fertile. According to studies, Acacia tree is valued for their long roots, which helps stabilize the soil in areas that are threatened by erosion.
Our team is currently using the browser and we have successfully planted 11 trees! Join us in creating a sustainable environment for our future!
We hope this article helps you in your journey to reduce waste. Comment down below if you have any questions. We will get back to you very soon!