What are some steps we can take to help the environment?
Who is really at fault?
With all the plastic polluting the ocean, being littered and other issues such as deforestation for paper products/ clearing land to build, I’ve gathered some ways individuals can do a small part to make a big difference.
There are billions of people on this planet, with individuals following some of these steps it will really add up. It’ll be the start of something big. While these individuals themselves aren’t going to end the crisis, big businesses are the ones who are really at fault. However, some have taken the steps to become more Eco-friendly such as Patagonia, Seventh Generation or even Brandless who make tree-free paper products among their vast collection of items.
- Reusable Bags
- Reusable straws
- Reusable Water bottles/ Tumblers
Option 1: Reusable Bags
These are great for so many uses aside from grocery shopping (or shopping in general). Some more expensive brands such as Lululemon and Vineyard Vines, give out reusable bags with purchase. Depending on how much you buy depends on how big the bag is. Most people usually get smaller bags because $$$. These smaller bags are great for lunch boxes or to throw a pair of gym clothes + a water bottle or a variety of other things. The larger ones are helpful to tote around more/larger items. Some teachers use these larger ones to transport the work they have to correct. Reusable bags are sold in a variety of sizes, styles and colors/ patterns so there’s something for everyone. A lot of the ones sold in stores are usually under $2 while ones online are usually under $20.
Option 2: Reusable straws
I for one, couldn’t get behind the metal straw movement, I don’t usually use straws unless there’s ice in the drink. Since I couldn’t get behind the metal straw movement, I had been using reusable plastic straws when needed them but I missed the flexibility of the “forbidden straws.” I went on the hunt to find straws that would work for me and found silicone straws that checked off all the boxes. If using straws is a need for you but you don’t like metal straws, definitely check them out.
Option 3: Reusable Water Bottles/ Tumblers
Reusable water bottles are a great alternative to single-use ones. They commonly come in metal or plastic a variety of colors, sizes and price ranges to fit everyone’s needs. They also come in glass that has a silicone coating. Reusable tumblers are also a good thing to use, Starbucks offers a discount if you bring in a reusable tumbler. There’s also the option of buying one of their thinner reusable tumblers that looks just like their regular cups if you want it to still “look authentic.”