Many companies across the world are encouraging their employees to lead a more sustainable lifestyle that creates zero waste. Businesses are also becoming more conscious and as an employer, it is your responsibility to make your employees aware of the impact of an eco-friendly lifestyle. It is a great way to help people think about their choice and encourage them to make better ones. So, in what ways can you bring this change to your workplace and motivate your employees?Read More
When people hear the term zero waste, the first thing that comes to mind is if it even possible? Well, on a larger scale it might be really hard to reduce waste. Production goes on and this leads to plastic waste in the ocean, forests being cut down, and fertilizers being drained into our rivers. This happens all because we need to meet our consumption needs. Waste is a very big issue that has contributed to climate change and harming many ecosystems all over the world. So, then with this ever-increasing consumption is it possible to lead a life with zero waste?Read More
What is zero-waste?This started as a movement to reduce consumption. This leads to an economy that is functional long term and is circular. It uses the 5 R's to promote its motto: • Reduce • Reuse • Recycle • Refuse (Saying no) • Rot When you combine all of these and start working on these 5 R’s individually then there can be a collective change which leads to a magnanimous reduction in waste.
Problems that may ariseWe are used to leading our lives in the way we have for so many years and bringing any change is difficult. While it is difficult, leading a zero-waste lifestyle is not impossible. Here are some possible challenges you might face and the solutions to them:
Problem #1: Time and effortChanging the way you lead your life can be very time-consuming at first. It needs focus, attention, and a lot of your effort. So how do you get rid of this problem to make the process easier? Solution: Don't just dive into several DIY projects at first. Start simple. Consider the items that you use regularly and make a switch to eco-friendly alternatives such as: • Plastic Tupperware and water bottles to reusable water bottles and metal lunch box • Plastic bags to cloth bags • Plastic cotton swabs to bamboo swabs
Problem #2: MoneyIt can be expensive if you want to replace everything and adopt items that encourage zero-waste. However, this is a fairly easy solution to this. Solution: Instead of replacing everything at first, make smart choices by employing the 5R’s. Repurpose items and make new uses of them so you don’t have to throw them to waste.
Problem #3: AccessibilityRight now, the culture is capitalistic and not everyone lives in an area that has access to items that are organic, or eco-friendly. However, this should not stop you. Solution: Find local brands online that’s ell eco-friendly alternatives. If you don’t get organic vegetables in your area, why not start growing some in your own home? Focus on what you do have and what you can do with it.
Final wordsIt is possible if you stay persistent and consistent. If you want more support on such a lifestyle then you can even join groups on social media that are specifically for this purpose. From there you can learn tips and tricks on how to manage a zero-waste lifestyle! Reference: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2020/03/how-a-circular-economy-could-save-the-world-feature/
Who said en eco-friendly lifestyle has to be expensive? You can live green even on a budget. You can make the process either very complicated or very simple. Many people get caught up in too many details and don't realize how easy it is to implement an eco-friendly lifestyle. An eco-friendly lifestyle is not about sacrificing things you like consuming. It is simply about making better choices in your life that lead to positivity all around you. Here is how you can live a green lifestyle on a budget.Read More
Conserve resourcesWe have limited resources and the increasing population means we need to limit our consumption. Use everything wisely. Try to save as much as you can. Start simple: • Turn off the lights before going out • Instead of letting the water run, fill a glass so that you can utilize it for brushing your teeth every day • Don't waste water, instead, give it to plants in your house These are very simple steps. Once these become habits you can practice conservation on a larger scale.
Reduce wasteYou don’t need any money for this. All you have to do is take the garbage such as banana peels, vegetable stems, or any leftover food item to make compost. This compost can then be used for plants so they can get some nutrient-rich food and grow better. One other way to reduce waste is by simply putting a stop to consuming single-use plastic. Instead of a plastic water bottle, carry a hydro flask. Instead of grocery shopping in plastic bags, carry your tote bag. These small changes can add up and reduce waste magnanimously.
Support local brandsIf you are going to buy big names, then of course even living an eco-friendly lifestyle will be expensive. This is why you should purchase items from local brands that make eco-friendly products. Support farmer’s markets and get locally grown vegetables. Support eco-friendly local brands and make the switch. Instead of using cotton buds, make the switch to bamboo swabs. Even when you are giving a gift to someone, give them eco-friendly gifts. These small changes go a long way and all of this can be done on a budget!
Thrift shopFast fashion is wasting many resources, especially water. One shirt takes hundreds of gallons of water to make. This is why you should try thrift shopping and get clothes from such places. They are as good as new and you can find some amazing unique items that you would never have before. Apart from that, they are super cheap! Why not look amazing on a budget while saving the environment?
Support charity organizationsYou don't have to give a lot of money on this. Some organizations such as Greenpeace rely on individual donations. They don’t take money from the government or any company so why not support their cause and donate as much as we can even if it is just a small amount.
Final wordsLiving an eco-friendly lifestyle is not that expensive or difficult. One just needs to make the right choices to have such a lifestyle on a budget. Start by using these tips and see how your life and habits transform for the better!
Ways To Switch To An Eco-Friendly LifestyleThe thing about waste is that it keeps on accumulating which harms Mother Earth. There is waste in the oceans, landfills, and many areas where it shouldn’t be. It harms the local ecosystems and we need them if we want to survive in the long-run. Over the years, these problems have become magnanimous and this is why it is now more important than ever to switch to an eco-friendly lifestyle and eco-friendly products. Living a sustainable life is the key to preserving our planet for future generations and here is how you can make some changes.
Make the switch to eco-friendly productsGo check your beauty drawer or your bathroom cabinet and count the plastic items you have. I am sure there were many or almost all. This is a big indicator you need to change to something that is more sustainable. That doesn’t mean that you should throw it all out but start small. Maybe start by making the switch to reusable makeup remover pads or bamboo swabs instead of cotton swabs. Once you start making these small changes, you can move on to even bigger changes that will benefit you and leave less waste.
Get a tote bag for shoppingWe waste a lot of plastic when we go shopping because our grocery items are endless and the plastic shopping bags that are provided are not good for the environment. This is why you should get a tote bag so you can take it with you while shopping and place your items in that. They last very long, you can even use a plain tote bag as your blank canvas to have some creative fun, and they are reusable. What more could you want from a shopping bag?
Repurpose itemsYou don’t have to dump every plastic item in the house and replace it with something else. The key is to find objects in your house that you can reuse. Have lots of plastic water bottles lying around? Cut them up and turn them into birdfeeders. Have old jars or plastic cups lying around the house? Just paint them and use them as stationary holders. You don’t have to throw everything away. The key is to create less waste and you can do it through other ways as well.
Don’t consume single-use plasticShopping bags, water bottles, straws, and any other plastic item that is only used once should not be consumed. The main reason for oceans being polluted is single-use plastic. It harms their ecosystems and kills many daily. Have sympathy for other beings that co-exist with us and think about them as well. You don’t need to consume single-use plastic as there are other eco-friendly products to help you stop consuming them.
Final wordsWe have a responsibility to our future generations and nature. We need to fulfill this responsibility by making sure that our existence doesn't harm the environment and ecosystems around us. Be mindful of the choices you make and switch to an eco-friendly lifestyle that will change your life for the better.
How A Sustainable Lifestyle Can Change Your Life And The EnvironmentA sustainable lifestyle is all about making conscious choices. It is about making choices that are beneficial for you, the people around, and the Earth. It is getting up every day and telling yourself that we will try to make a difference today because individual change leads to collective change. It is more than just eating healthy, switching to eco-friendly products, and banning single-use plastic. A sustainable lifestyle is a mindset that can completely change your life and the environment and here is how.
Ways in which a sustainable lifestyle can change your life and the environmentYou will become more aware Most of our days are spent on auto-pilot, where we don’t know what we are doing and why. It is like a reflex that just comes and we don’t even think about it. However, a sustainable lifestyle will make you think about your actions and this will make you more aware. It will make you aware of your choices, your actions, your responsibilities, your thoughts, and this will affect every aspect of your life positively. Being present in the moment is what life is all about and choosing to live sustainably every day will get you there.
You will develop positive habitsOnce you start with a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle, choosing to do it every day will become a habit. This will also affect other habits in your life that might be detrimental to you and you wouldn’t have paid much thought to it before. However, being conscious and accountable will make you more aware of your habits as well. This will cause you to adopt healthy habits that will transform your life completely. Once our lens and the perception through which we look at the world changes, everything around us changes as well.
It is beneficial to other inhabitants on our planetWe don’t pay much thought to the fact that there are other species as well that co-exist with us. We are all supposed to live in harmony and not harm each other. However, the lifestyle most people are leading today has led to many of our species dying and also becoming extinct. There are forests, oceans, jungles, deserts, and so many ecosystems that can thrive if we adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. The ocean is filled with plastic, forests are being cut down every day for our needs and many animals are losing their homes. Switching to companies and products that are eco-friendly will protect those inhabitants as well. This way we can all live in harmony and enjoy the endless bounties that Mother Nature has provided us with.
Final wordsIf you think you are too small to bring a change then we need to remember that every individual’s effort adds up. If all of us start bringing individual changes to our lifestyles then only a wave of collective change will come which can heal nature. Think about yourself, think about other people, think about other beings and species, and start by making conscious choices and living a sustainable lifestyle. What you do affects everything around you so make sure it is a positive effect.
PLASTIC CUTLERY IS everywhere, and most of it can be used only once. Billions of forks, knives, and spoons are thrown away each year. But like other plastic items—such as bags and bottles—cutlery can take centuries to break down naturally, giving the plastic waste ample time to work its way into the environment. The Ocean Conservancy lists cutlery as among the items “most deadly” to sea turtles, birds, and mammals, and alternatives have proven particularly difficult to come by, though not impossible. A logical solution is to carry your own, but you’ll likely draw a few stares. For centuries, though, it would have been a faux pas to not travel with a set. “You would come with a little carry case, and it would be your own personal knife and spoon,” says Sarah Coffin, who curated the 2006 exhibit Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005 at the Cooper Hewitt design museum in New York. Toting your own eating implements was not only a logistical must—none were usually provided—but also helped avoid illness. “If you come with your own,” explains Coffin, “you don't have to worry about someone else's germs in your soup.” What you ate with, she said, was also a status symbol of sorts. “It was a little like a pocket watch.” Cutlery for the masses was commonly made of wood, stone, or shells. More ornate sets could be made of gold or ivory, or even be collapsible for traveling light. By the early 1900s sleek and rust-resistant stainless steel started to make an appearance. By World War II, an even newer material had worked its way into the cutlery mix: plastic. ‘Disposable kings’ At first, plastic cutlery was considered reusable. Chris Witmore, a professor in archaeology and classics at Texas Tech University, remembers his grandmother washing her plastic tableware. But as the post-war economy boomed, the frugal habits instilled by the Great Depression and an agrarian history faded. “After the mid-twentieth century overabundance comes to define how the majority live,” says Whitmore. That, he says, gave rise to a “throw-away culture.” “The Americans were the disposable kings,” says Coffin. Among other inventions was the plastic spork, which The Van Brode Milling Company patented in 1970. But Coffin said the French affinity for picnics also helped spur the single-use boom. Designer Jean-Pierre Vitrac, for example, invented a plastic picnic tray that had a fork, spoon, knife, and cup built right into it. You’d break them off to use, and just throw everything away after you were done. The sets were even available in bright colors—which Coffin said also helped make plastics popular. That marriage of culture and convenience led to companies such as Sodexo, a French firm that's one of the world’s largest food-service providers, to turn to plastic. “[Convenience] really made this whole disposal space become part of our everyday life,” says Judy Panayos, Sodexo’s senior director of sustainability in supply management. Today, the company buys 44 million disposable utensils per month in the U.S. alone. Globally, plastic cutlery is a $2.6 billion business. But convenience has come at a cost. Like many plastic items, utensils often find their way into the environment. According to beach-cleanup data compiled by the non-profit 5Gyres, utensils are the seventh most commonly collected plastic item. source: www.nationalgeographic.comRead More