Plastic has toxic pollutants that damage the environment and cause land, water, and air pollution. It can take hundreds or even thousands of years for plastic to break down, so the damage to the environment is long-lasting.
If you’re passionate about decreasing plastic waste and reducing pollution in the environment, you can become an advocate in your community. The only way to save the environment is to start from ourselves, therefore we present you our list of 10 zero waste resolutions for 2019:
1. Shop in Secondhand Shops
The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world second only to oil. When we think of pollution, we envision coal power plants, strip-mined mountaintops and raw sewage piped into our waterways. We don't often think of the shirts on our backs. But the overall impact the apparel industry has on our planet is quite grim. Second hand clothes reduce the demand for more factories and more output from the textile industry, which has a beneficial effect on the environment.
2. Say No to Plastic Straws, Use Bamboo Instead
Our plastic straws might be recyclable, at least in theory, but most aren’t. They’re dumped into landfills or hauled off on big boats.Straws are one of the gateway issues to help people start thinking about the global plastic pollution problem.
If you're interested in other bamboo products check out our post - 6 Bamboo Products That Will Make Your Life Zero Waste
3. Switch to Reusable Shopping Bags
Plastic shopping bags on land are one of the most common types of litter. Buildups of huge quantities of plastic bags are well known to block local drainage systems, especially in developing countries. Plastic bags also are problematic to recycle. The majority of wildlife on Earth is in our seas and oceans. This means there are hundreds of other animals and birds who are at risk of injury and death by ingesting or being entangled in plastic bags.
4. Walk and Bike More
Save some gas money and reduce emissions by trying to bike or walk to local errands or work. Make it your time to recharge with a fun podcast, reconnect with some friends and family or just skip the electronics and stay present. A skateboard might be a good mean of transport too!
5. Use A Safety Razor
Invest in a stainless-steel safety razor and blades. A natural shave soap is also recommended but not necessary.
6. Use Natural Cleaning Products
Invest in some high-quality organic soap nuts. Use your soap nuts to wash clothes, to make a general-purpose cleaner or as a dish washing liquid.
7. Say No to Plastic Toothbrush, Use Bamboo Instead
Bamboo toothbrushes are similar to any other manual toothbrush you would find on the shelf. They have a handle and bristles to remove food bits and plaque from your teeth. The key difference between bamboo toothbrushes and plastic toothbrushes is the material used to make the handle.
8. Stop Buying Paper Towels
Paper towels are one of those items that most of us have grown accustomed to but are completely unnecessary. Get yourself a stack of reusable and washable rags to do the dirty work. You can even make your own cleaning rags by cutting up old t-shirts or bath towels that are too stained to wear or use for bathing anymore.
9. Cook Your Own Meals
Try in 2019 to cook and eat more at home, or if you do wish to eat from a restaurant, get it to stay and bring your own plastic-free container with you if you end up with leftovers you wish to take home.most takeout’s come plastic takeout containers, plastic cutlery, unnecessary single-use napkins and little packets of sauce.
10. Last but not least - Segregate Your Waste!
Don’t buy new food until you’ve eaten almost everything perishable in your fridge. By letting your fridge go nearly bare, you’ll be able to see exactly what you have and won’t lose track of anything. Rather than thinking about what you want to eat and buying food based off of that, look at what you currently have and figure out what you can make with it that sounds appetizing.
These ideas for some low-waste new year’s resolutions have shown you that going zero waste can be easy, fun and healthy. What’s holding you back?