I have a professor who, with every class he teaches, sets a goal to improve one thing about himself that he takes from the class. He was telling us about how last semester, they got him to start carrying around a reusable water bottle because the plastic is suppose to be safer than disposable water bottles and because it is better for the environment. This got me thinking, what can I change in my daily life that will be better for the environment, so here are ways I’m eco-conscious:
- I bought a thermos. This might seem silly but this has been fantastic and actually saved me money. One thing you should know about me is I hate carrying things. I like things that I can just throw in my bag and let it go. I invested in a thermos and normally take with me fully of tea then go refilling it with water throughout the day (No buying plastic water bottles!) and if I go to get coffee in the middle of the day, I use my thermos and even get a discount! Plus, now I’m using it all day long so it doesn’t seem like a hassle to have to carry it when it’s empty.
- I don’t use Paper Plates. We all like convenience, I totally get that, but they can’t even be recycled. Every time you eat something on a paper plate remember that you are filling up and landfill that could have been a park. Even when you have guests over. It’s worth the water to clean them.
- I avoid Plastic Bags. It’s easy to just carry a canvas or tote bag and it makes such a big difference. I always keep one in my car and use it to make a small difference.
Remember that it’s about the difference you can make.
If you need some more motivation, go check out Lauren Singer (Blog here.) who is this super awesome New Yorker who lives an almost zero waste lifestyle which I didn’t even know was possible. It is super awesome, and my goal for one day in the far future. Right now, I’m just trying to save the world one cup of coffee at a time.