Reducing household waste does not have to be a challenge. In fact, the best way to reduce waste is to choose one or two waste problems and find a solution that is green. You can do this every few months or just choose one or two ways to green up your life each year. Change does not have to be big. Change matters even if it seems small.
Our family has recently decided to take on a Green UP challenge. Why don’t you take the change with us?
For the Green UP challenge we have decided to reduce our families waste to a single jar for the whole month of March. While seemingly impossible, we have been sorting out the logistics since November. The challenge is open to everyone and anyone whether you want to reduce your waste to a single jar OR choose a single Green UP goal.
Throughout all of our planning we have come up with 7 easy ways to Green UP your life today!
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7 ways to Green UP your Life Today!
Say NO to plastic waterbottles. Buy a nice reusable water bottle and use that while at school, work or in the car.
Say NO to take out coffee mugs EVEN if they can be recycled or compost. Bring your own mug with you when you head out of the house. An added bonus: Lots of coffee shops offer discounts if you bring your own mug.
Use reusable produce bags OR reuse the plastic produce bags that you get from the store. Keep them with your reusable grocery bags and you will be Greening UP your shopping!
Reusable Grocery Bags
Use reusable grocery bags. They are easy to forget so try to leave them in the car you take grocery shopping so they are readily available. Once you have unloaded the groceries put them back into your car.
Silicone snack or reusable sandwich bags
Buy reusable snack bags or containers to be used for lunches. Even if you just switch out one wasteful item that will make a big difference!
Don’t use plastic straws. When ordering a drink at a restaurant ask for no plastic straws. If you have little ones like we do that benefit from drinking from a straw then bring reusable straws with you to the restaurant.
If you do not need a receipt from the store then make sure to say no before they print it out! If you DO need your receipts then see if they have an e-mail option. Make sure to create a receipt folder on your e-mail so you know where to find those receipts!
Start Greening UP your life and choose one or more ways to reduce your household waste. Its not always easy BUT it does get easier once you get into a Green UP routine. Trust me… Our family is finally remembering to bring reusable bags to the grocery store!