Did you have a great Halloween? I sure did. I'm kind of sad Halloween is already over though.
Something I got into a while back was called Zero Waste. Ever heard of it?
I didn't until I came across it one day on Facebook
Zero waste is basically a goal to create no food, or plastic waste while living your life. I am nowhere near zero waste, but it's something I always keep in mind to help me reduce my footprint. Why do we need to fill our earth up with plastic that will be around for hundreds of years?
If you know anything about me, I'm a lover of nature and animals. I think a way to show my love for those things, is to be aware of the impact I have on this earth.
There are a few ways you can cut down on the garbage you produce, and save you some money!
Reusable paper towels
Paper towels are kind of expensive, and they aren't necessary. If you use paper towels often, consider switching to reusable paper towels, or rags that you use specifically for moments you would normally use paper towels.
I bought some rags and keep them in an easy place in my kitchen. When they get dirty, I throw them with my next laundry load. I haven't used paper towels in almost a year!
Reusable grocery bags
These are great to cut down on those plastic grocery bags. They aren't always the most convenient, but it feels good to make a little different every time you shop.
Buy in Bulk
I started buying in bulk to cut down on my packaging waste. I used to buy little cups of applesauce, and snack bags of chips and things. But, when I buy in bulk, Its a much better value to buy the big packaged foods instead of the individual sizes. I love saving a little money, and not creating as much waste.
The best way I've found to reduce my waste and save me money is to avoid things I don't actually need.. like candy, individually packaged snacks, fruits, and veggies in plastic bags.. they usually cost more than the individual fruits and veggies not wrapped.
Recycling still creates waste in the long run but at least it keeps things out of the garbage for a little longer. I recycle anything I can. You can look up what your ankle to recycle in your recycle bins, or they have places you can take glass jars or plastic bag packaging in your area.
If you have ever felt like you wanted to improve the world, but don't know where to start.. start working on reducing the garbage you produce!