Many may not realize this, but most items used in daily life can be replaced with sustainable items. All of us here at the AVRE office think it’s important now more than ever to support a sustainable lifestyle.
Keep reading for 8 sustainable ideas to replace your non-sustainable daily items.
1. Stainless Steel Tea Steeper
Most tea bags can release millions of tiny micro-plastic particles into your cup. Swap your use of single serve tea bags, and opt for a reusable tea steeper and loose leaf tea.
2. Refill Your Spices
It’s often overlooked that there are places to refill our spice jars without having to buy new ones. Grocery stores such as, Sprouts, offers a spice station where you can bring in your own items to refill your spice jars at home!
3. Reusable Grocery Bags
By now, this should definitely be at the top of your list. Plastic bags wreak havoc on our environment. Try leaving reusable grocery bags in your trunk at all times. Even if you forget them while you’re shopping, you can always ask to leave the groceries in the cart, and pack them in your own bags as soon as you get back to your car.
4. Reusable Coffee Mug
When going out to your favorite coffee shop, try your best to remember to bring your own reusable coffee mug. Find one that you really love. It’ll most likely entice you to want to bring it with you!
5. Silicone Food Savers
Brands like Stasher and other brands on Amazon now sell silicone ziplock bags to replace the plastic ziplock bags. One of the most wasteful items are single use ziplock bags. Opt for reusable bags to store leftovers, kids snacks, or work lunches to create less plastic waste in landfills.
6. Glass Tupperware
Speaking of lunches… a great option to replace plastic tupperware is to use glass tupperware. The longevity of glass is a lot better than plastic. Your glass tupperware will last a lot longer than plastic, thus creating less plastic pollution as well.
7. Grow Your Own Herbs and Fruit
Even if it means just 1 basil plant and 1 lemon tree, every little thing counts!
8. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
There are tons of ways to reduce, reuse, recycle. An easy idea is to reduce the amount of water you use around the house. It could be as simple as shutting off the water while brushing your teeth, or installing a water saving shower head. Reuse containers or pasta sauce jars at home or when you go to a deli. Lastly, please remember to have a recycle bin at home! Our shoes wouldn’t be what they are if we don’t all remember to recycle ;)
There are so many ideas and ways to move towards living a more eco-conscious lifestyle. Every little bit makes a difference. All we have to do is be open-minded and a little creative!