You are already recycling, reusing and reducing the use of items which are a potential threat to the environment, so what else can you do? There is an additional way to help preserve our Earth and save money at the same time – you can immediately stop using the following single-use items without any repercussions on your lifestyle.
1. Plastic bottled water
People around the world are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on bottled water each year. In actuality, a large percentage of this water is normal tap water. This means that you are giving your money away for plastic bottles, which take hundreds of years to break down and are the cause of a substantial percentage of the CO2 pollution.
You can help reduce this damage on the environment and save money by ditching the bottled water in plastic bottles altogether! You can make sure that the water you drink is safe and clean by installing a tap filter or purchasing a filtering jug. Get a glass or other refillable bottle for you and your family members and remember to fill them up with fresh, filtered tap water regularly. You can also ask for tap water at restaurants. Most importantly, avoid imported bottled water because its transportation alone is a serious polluter.
2. Coffee capsules
Yes, they are so easy to use and the coffee tastes great, but think about the quantity of plastic capsules you are throwing away on a daily basis at home or at work. Unfortunately, these plastic Keurig K-Cups are a serious polluter, and like the plastic water bottles, they take centuries to decompose. If you want to help the Earth, go back to brewing your coffee by yourself. This will also save you money.
3. Plastic utensils
Either take your own set of utensils at work and carry a small pocket knife such as these from Perfect Blades, or choose wooden or other biodegradable utensils. Try to avoid the use of disposable utensils. Also, remind your restaurant to skip the disposable knives and forks when you are ordering out!
4. Plastic and produce bags
You probably have already stopped or at least limited the use of this popular single-use item: plastic bags. Plastic bags are a major contributor for the global environmental pollution. If you haven’t, now is the time to start using reusable canvas bags, bags or other reusable options when you go out grocery shopping. Most grocery stores now give you the option to buy these at a low-cost while you’re checking out.
5. Single-use coffee cups
Think about how many times a week you buy takeaway coffee, or another beverage in a paper or plastic cup. Why not help the environment by getting a reusable coffee mug and use it instead of those disposable cups? You won’t have to clean out your car at the end of every week after a pile-up of paper coffee cups. With more coffee shops offering discounts for environmentally conscious customers, you will also save some money with this move.
6. Tea bags
The boxes in which the tea bags are sold, as well as the string and staple used, are actually quite wasteful and do have a negative impact on the environment. You can go green and switch to brewing loose leaf tea instead of buying boxed tea bags. Loose tea often tastes fresher, which is a bonus!
7. Menstrual sanitary products
Yes, you are contributing to the environmental pollution on a monthly basis by throwing away those tampons and pads, which contain polyethylene plastic and take years to decompose. You can help our planet by switching to reusable pads or a menstrual cups instead. Think about the millions of sanitary products we are dumping on a daily basis, and also about the cash you are spending on buying them month after month. You will realize that you can help curb pollution and at the same time save quite a lot of cash if you switch to these environmentally friendly menstrual products.
Wipe these single-use items out of your house one-by-one or altogether. Let us know in the comments how easy it is for you!
Written by Paul Burton, founder of Perfect Blades.