The amount of garbage the average American throws out is often something that doesn't get much of a second thought. But when we look at the health of the planet, I think most can agree that we need a change. The average American produces 4.3lbs of trash a day - that’s 1600 lbs of waste a year. But it doesn't take much effort to significantly reduce the amount of waste we produce, through the common saying: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Here are some ideas:
Shop bulk with your own containers, reuse plastic produce bags
Carry a stainless steel water bottle
Buy grocery totes and keep them in your car
Buy the reusable version of items you already use, like wool dryer balls, menstrual cups, handkerchiefs, mesh coffee filters, tea balls, silicone cupcake cups, beeswax or silicone sandwich bags, etc.
Reuse things you already have, like plastic takeout containers, ripped clothes.
Choose paper products made from bamboo or hemp instead of trees (i.e., tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.)
Put a brick in your toilet tank to save water
By making these small changes, we can remove ourselves from the cycle of waste and have a significant environmental impact.