4 super easy steps to a Minimum Waste Life

These are so obvious and straightforward, yet most of us fail to avoid the convenience-trap.

This month I personally pledged to following through on all 4 of these. I hope you will too 🙂

  1. Eliminate single use plastic bottled water from your life.

Sound obvious?

“More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year.” – plastic oceans.org

Another fun fact –  It is estimated that 3 liters of water is used to package 1 liter of bottled water.

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2. Adopt a Coffee Mug

Get this- “If you buy just one cup of coffee or tea in a disposable cup every day, you’ll create about 23lbs (10.5 kgs) of waste in one year” – carryyourcup.org
Buying it just once a week or so? Remember that millions others are also disposing cups. Now imagine the amount of waste.
FACT- Americans alone throw away 25 BILLION styrofoam coffee cups every year.
In the U.K. Everyday 7 MILLION coffee cups are thrown away, with less than 1% being recycled.

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3. Mend, not Replace

FACT:  More than 15 million tons of used textile waste is generated each year in the United States alone. How much of this is recycled? About 0.1 %

Its also important to take into account the amount of resources required in textile manufacture- cotton, labour, machinery, chemicals, dyes, and WATER, lots of it. So the more you use and throw away, the higher your personal carbon footprint will be.

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4. No more plastic shopping bags, please!

Every year ONE TRILLION plastic bags are produced and discarded world wide. Let that sink in for a minute – One TRILLION with a ‘T’. (A Trillion has 12 Zeros)

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Even if 50% of us applied these 4 simple steps to our day-to-day, we’ll be preventing tonnes of waste going to the landfill each year.  So go ahead, be an ecoholique, and spread the good word!

 

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