4. Stick To Reusable Personal Care Products
Most of us have become so accustomed to the idea of chucking icky personal care items into the rubbish as soon as possible, since companies that make tissues and tampons have inundated us with the idea that anything that comes from our body is gross, and should be whisked away to some magical “other” place by your friendly neighbourhood waste disposal people.
Well, one look at a landfill site will quickly dispel that illusion. Washable baby diapers, handkerchiefs, and reusable menstrual products (like the Diva Cup, Moon Cup, Keeper, and Glad Rags), are kind to our bodies as well as our planet, and keep unnecessary waste out of landfills.
5. Reduce Your Food Waste
This sounds like a no-brainer (who wants to throw out food?), but most of us end up tossing out food that’s gone bad before we’ve had a chance to use it. This not only wastes good food, but it’s also a means of tossing portions of your paycheck into those already-overflowing landfills. Try doing some meal-planning in advance—like on weekends, or on an evening when you and your family have some spare time—so you only buy the groceries that you know will be used over the course of the week. Remove vegetables from plastic bags before putting them in the fridge, and if you think something’s on the verge of going off, freeze it: you can use it for soup stock at a later date.
6. Drive Less, Walk and Bike More
A veritable mantra among most of the people I know, this is a fairly easy thing that all of us can do, regardless of where we live. We could all do with a bit more exercise, and cutting back on the demand for oil to fuel cars will hopefully scale back the extraction of it, which causes monumental ecological devastation world-wide every year. Invest in a good bike and accessories (helmets, please!) and help to cut back on pollution while strengthening your own fine physique.
It’s time for us to put more focus on responsible living, and less on disposable convenience. The ideas listed above really aren’t very difficult to implement, but they can have a dramatic effect on our world if we all commit to putting them into practice.
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