Did you know that 2 billion disposable razors, 8 billion single-serving coffee pods and 11.5 billion disposable plastic water bottles end up in landfills every year? These plastics take centuries to decompose and are extremely harmful and dangerous to the environment. I’ve been making a concentrated effort recently to reduce the amount of waste that I produce. Here are a few of the simple things that I’m doing to keep plastic out of the landfill and save money:
Although FLOSSERS are the perfect solution to my big hand/little mouth problem, they are ridiculously wasteful. Find a model of flosser that has a reusable handle and a disposable head; although you are still discarding the head each day, you have significantly reduced the amount of plastic being thrown away.
Same thing with DISPOSABLE RAZORS! Find a razor with a reusable plastic or metal shaft and disposable blades. I’m a big fan of Dollar Shave Club.
You should never pay for SHIPPING MATERIALS! Chances are you have a ton of discarded boxes laying around your house that can easily be repurposed when it’s time to ship out your goodies. Protip: don’t open your packages like a monster and you can easily give your boxes and shipping envelopes new life.
Stop the K-CUP madness! Keurig now makes a reusable K-Cup: all you have to do is supply your own ground coffee (and, let’s be honest, K-Cups are hella expensive so a reusable K-Cup will quickly pay for itself). Be warned: even the biodegradable K-Cups aren’t 100% compostable, you actually have to disassemble them and throw away the plastic topper.
PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS should be long gone by now. The litany of plastic bags that you use for 20 minutes between the grocery store and your house take centuries to decompose in a landfill. Invest in some reusable bags, yo! You can find them for free all over the place these days…there’s no excuse not to! Many retailers also offer incentives to bring your own bags.
A lot of people mistakenly believe that ZIPLOC BAGGIES represent the universal portion size of anything and everything. Guess what? FALSE! Invest in some portion control reusable plastic containers for your snacks and you’ll be less likely to eat like a hog and more likely to save the planet.
Plastic WATER BOTTLES make my heart sad. Pick up a reusable water bottle if for no other reason than the skyrocketing cost of vending machine water bottles. Why pay $3 for a bottle of water when you can refill your reusable bottle for FREE? Invest in a good durable water bottle, cheap aluminum bottles will look like you used them to bludgeon somebody to death after a few collisions with the ground.