Zero-Waste Micro-Decisions You Can Make to Help The Environment
Zero-waste micro-decisions are small choices you can make every day to positively affect the environment. These micro-decisions are seemingly insignificant on their own, but add up into real results over time.
In my opinion, it’s the macro-scariness of zero-waste that stops people from being more eco-friendly. So I’m here to tell you, you don’t have to commit to a zero-waste lifestyle to help the environment. Just take it one zero-waste micro-decisions at a time.
You don’t have to fit all your trash in a glass bottle. Being zeroish-waste is better than being wasteful.
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Zero-Waste Micro-Decisions in All Their (Minimalist) Glory
Opt for canned beverages over (plastic) bottled beverages.
Ask for paper instead of plastic at the grocery store.
Keep reusable bags in your car.
So you have them when you need them.
Turn down the plastic bag for your 6 pack (of beer).
It has a cardboard handle. Enough said.
When checking out say “no bag please” if you can carry it.
Use re-usable bags at checkout.
Bring a reusable water bottle with you.
Hydroflasks are hugely popular in Guam. If you need to keep a drink cold in hot weather, Hydroflask has you covered.
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Bring a reusable travel mug with you.
Put Tupperware in your purse before you head out to dinner.
A friend of mine pulled collapsible silicone containers out of her purse at a restaurant and we looked at her like she was Mary Poppins. Then later that night she pulled the leftover’s out of her purse after hours of drinking and we were even more impressed.
Portion out snack sizes to cut down on packaging.
This saves money too. #winning
Say “no straw please” when ordering a drink at a restaurant.
Requesting straws from servers should be the norm. But we won’t get there until people start turning them down to begin with.
Opt for aluminum foil over plastic wrap or plastic baggies.
Turn down the plastic cutlery if you’re bringing takeout home.
Buy bar soap for hand soap.
If your bar soap is getting too slimy it’s because you need a soap dish.
Buy bar soap for body wash.
Try a shampoo bar.
Shampoo bars work just like regular shampoo. I don’t know why more people aren’t using them.
I bought my Ethique shampoo bar off Amazon. It did make my hair a little dry the first few washes, but after a week everything was back to normal.
Bundle your online purchases.
This will also save you $$$s.
Tell Amazon to use paper for packaging.
This video from Shelbizleee will walk you through it.
Save brown paper packaging for wrapping gifts.
Save that gift bag for re-gifting.
Buy garbage bags made from recycled plastic.
Ultrasac trash bags are made from 90% recycled materials.
Buy plastic cups made from recycled plastic.
If you’re going to buy single use items, buy responsibly.
BlueStripe Eco-Products plastic cups are made from 25% recycled plastic. I know that doesn’t seem like a high percentage, but it’s the highest I could find.
Pick silicone over plastic when purchasing.
Silicone is made (mostly) from sand. Unlike plastic it can withstand heating and cooling without leaching toxins into your food.
Donate your used clothes instead of dumping them.
Don’t get discouraged because a zero-waste micro-decision passes you by.
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What zero-waste micro-decisions did I miss?