Most of us happen to opt for not-so-healthy or not-so-viable choices basically because of a lack of choice and so the best way to avoid it is being prepapred.
I rate this to be topmost because of its effectiveness and simplicity.
Carry your own water bottle.
Better still, buy a really cool one. One which matches your personality. That way you will be tempted to carry it all the time. One of the biggest source of plastic wastage is from the packaged drinking water bottles. If you are one of those, just count how many do you use every day!
Most of us do have a source of clean drinking water somewhere. I live in university area and have water fountains all around. I bring my own bottle and fil it avoiding buying so many – cost effective + environment friendly. It also does the following!
- helps me track how much I drank
- helps me get up everytime I got to refill
- is cool to carry
I even fill a spare bottle when I am going home. Thus I avoid buying more of plastic garbage for later as well.
If you do not have a source of clean drinking water, what do you do?
- Boil water at home? Do that for a large batch and fill bottles at home.
- You could use old regular milk bottles (fill it with soapy water /vinegar water for the first time overnight to remove milk smell/taste), or those fancy Almond milk bottles, Juice bottles etc.
- You could buy one of these here.
- You could reuse those glass sparkling water bottles. They are fancy on dining tables too.
- Use Brita or similar water purifiers: Always leave one filled at night so that you have water to carry the next day.
Carry a bag.
- Something like these: nice and cheap!
- Or even a normal plastic bag
- Or the bag you recieved from your last takeout!
Doesn’t matter which one you carry. Just decide on a light-weight, folding bag and carry it in your main bag. You might not know if you have any use for it right now, but carry it. Almost every day we ran into something where we have to borrow a bag from somewhere and then because of lack of choice we do borrow. If we have a bag, we won’t use a new bag and add to our clutter at home or worse use it once and throw.
It doesn’t matter whether you recycle the new bag which came. You became the consumer for a fresh bag and that’s adding to clutter, home or garbage.
I just started noticing how this habit of mine helped me refuse a bag over the last month – astonishing 40 times. It ranged from carrying work papers, takeouts, grocery, separate something liquid in my own bag, lending items to friends, etc etcc. That’s more than once a day! Imagine how a little bag helped me & 39 other bags which would have been used.