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Zero waste - the big 5

Zero waste - the big 5

Plastic bags

Each year, there are used an estimated 1 trillion plastic bags worldwide. which takes around 16 billion litres of oil to produce, each plastic bag is on average only used for 12 minutes and comes out to over one million bags used per minute just in the US.
so starting to bring your own bags to the store is pretty much a no-brainer. the only tricky part is actually remembering your bag every time.  I have personally gone to the store multiple times just to realize that I've forgotten my reusable bag. in that situation you need to make a choice whether to go back and get it or justify buying a plastic bag, a lot of factors play into the equation such as the distance and transportation type you used to get to the store. It doesn't make sense to drive a long distance just to avoid using a single plastic bag. but actually going at getting your bag can make you think twice next time you go to the store, because of the major pain in going back to get it. If you use a car I suggest always having a reusable bag in your car so its there ready to go at any time. If you're on foot or bike having one in your purse or bag can be a great idea, also leaving it near the door so you never miss it is a great idea. If you should forget it anyways you can always ask for a paper bag or cardboard box, as most grocery stores have a lot of these. 


Toothbrushes

The average person is going to throw away more than 300 toothbrushes in their lifetime or 3-5 toothbrushes a year. With our current population that's more than 3.5 billion toothbrushes a year. But with a simple and almost unnoticeable swap that can be changed. Bamboo toothbrushes are made almost entirely of bamboo and are therefore completely sustainable and decomposable. Furthermore, bamboo is a sustainable source of material that can grow extremely fast (actually the fastest growing plant on earth) and actually pulls out and stores more co2 from the air, that is used to grow and farm the bamboo.  We wanted to help the wave of sustainable living and replacing disposable plastic items with products that help our earth grow rather than degrade. That's why we've created our own bamboo toothbrush with bamboo charcoal bristles, that help both your teeth and the environment. We've put a lot of thought into the toothbrush, like creating an ergonomic and different handle made with different coloured handles for families to keep the brushes apart, all made of biodegradable materials of course. If you want to try them out and support our vision of a brighter future you can get them here.
for more interesting bamboo facts read this article, it really is an amazing plant.


Water bottles

Around 500 billion plastic bottles are produced every year which is equivalent to around 20,000 bottles being bought every single second. This is driven by the desire for bottled water and the of the “on the go” culture that is beginning to spread to China and the Asia Pacific region.
The plastic water bottles are great for an emergency or crisis but a terrible use for everyday consumption of water, especially if you have access to clean drinking water. All these single-use plastic items add to the 8 million tons of plastic dumped in the ocean annually, therefore we as a civilian need to move on from the disposable and single-use culture that has been created for the sake of convenience.
some people use the excuse of tap water tasting bad, here a great idea is to simply filter it. Filtering your water also helps remove any harmful impurities. As much as any busy person I don't like to waste unnecessary time, that's why I keep a couple reusable bottles in my fridge so I always have one ready to go, a suggestion is to also have one in your car or in the office.
The best reusable bottles are the glass and stainless steel ones because they can be recycled without any loss of quality or material.


Straws

No thank you! that's the words that should be coming out of your mouth when offered a plastic straw, whether in the restaurant, Starbucks or McDonalds.
If you like myself enjoy drinking from a straw, whether it be your daily iced coffee or smoothie on the go, I suggest using a reusable straw. Reusable straw can be purchased in a lot of different materials, like stainless steel, glass, silicone or more natural materials like bamboo. They even come in bendable variants.


Single-use coffee cups

Take away coffee in single-use cups are just terrible, there are endless alternatives and almost all of them are better than the normal flimsy coffee cup that spills soaring hot coffee when grabbed too hard.
The first alternative is to just ask for the coffee in a mug and sit down in the cafe, drinking it there. Slow down a bit and take a break from the stressful everyday of modern life.
But if you absolutely need to go somewhere, just bring along a thermos or insulated bottle and ask for it in there, some coffee shops even offer a discount for bringing your own. Bringing an insulated bottle or cup can be used for both hot and cold beverages, whether you like your coffee the traditional way or on ice. Once done with you're coffee just rinse it with water and fill it up, and your good to go for the rest of the day.


Endnote

People assume going wasteless or just minimizing thoughtless waste is requiring spending lots of money, sacrificing convenience and carrying a load of stuff with you.
But carrying a bottle, having a tote in your bag and swapping a couple things around the home can really make a change.  If you go to school or just carry a backpack it is extremely convenient just to always have a couple essentials in there.

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