8 things you can do for the environment – for freeWiebke Venter
The Zero Waste movement is all over social media. More and more profiles are inspiring people to cut single-use plastic from their daily lives.
But the term Zero Waste may seem a little frightening when you discover that there are people who are able to produce only one glass jar of waste per year. Although we are not there, we do still aspire and try every day to live a life that is as waste-free as possible, hence, our motto – less waste.
We want to take you on a journey and celebrate all the little ways we can influence the environment. Here are 8 little tips on what you can do for our environment for free:
Separate your waste
To start with, you can separate your waste. Find your recyclable items and put them aside. Perhaps you have a recycling company that picks up recycling bins in your area? If not, you can find more information on your municipality’s website on where to bring your recyclables.
With recycling, we save resources. Items can be reused even if they will be turned into of something of less worth. It is very important that you rinse and clean your recyclables, thoroughly. If there are food leftovers on it or if it’s still greasy, it simply cannot be recycled, sadly, causing it to end up in landfills, which is the part most of us do not see.
Food scraps and food leftovers can be placed into a compost system. The rest can be eco-bricked. This is a very simple and easy system to follow. The key advantage of rinsing your trash is that it won´t start to smell, which is something I, personally, appreciate.
Second: you don’t need a plastic bag for your trash. To buy something that will be directly thrown away doesn´t make sense for me at all anyway! So be smart and wash
Reuse glass jars
Glass jars from marmalade, mayonnaise, olives, peanut butter, even spices or mustard can be reused in so many different ways. For example, you can make your own marmalade and store it in there. Take your nuts for the next hike. Freeze your leftover soup or meal prep to eat later. Go shopping in bulk shops or markets and fill your goods up into these glass jars. Use your glass jars for DIY cosmetic recipes or as a stylish toothbrush holder for your home or while traveling. They work perfectly as pencil holders, too.
There are so many upcycling ideas for almost everything. The perfect platform to discover ideas is Pinterest. Simply type in what you´ve got, add “upcycling” and enjoy endless ideas. Here are my personal favourites, that I am using at home:
- Use a old sock as a hair band
- Make a tawashi dish cloths from two old socks
- Use old wine glasses as candle holders
- Use old wine glasses as jewellery holder
An easy way to protect the environment is simply refusing the straw when you are in a restaurant. 500 million plastic straws, every day, are used and discarded in the US alone and it takes up to 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose. If you really don’t want to go without it in your juice, cocktail or longdrink, there are many sustainable alternatives available. From silicon to bamboo and stainless steel . Shop our online store to find the right reusable straw for you.
Prettify your environment
…and collect some trash when you do your morning or evening walk. You can use an empty glass jar that you rinse after emptying. In Europe it became a trend called “Plogging”.
Plogging is a combination of jogging and picking up litter. It started as an organised activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution. Why not joining this trend?
Put a linen bag in your handbag. If your reusable grocery shopping bags is with you all the time, it’s easier to refuse the plastic bag at the till. Put your eco coffee cup in your car to have it in place for when you grab a coffee on your way to work.
Drink Tap water
The eco-friendliest and cheapest way to stay hydrated is drinking tap water. Use a reusable stainless steel bottle to refill. It is also the healthiest way of drinking as conventional soft drinks contain a lot of sugar. Bottled water is extremely expensive as well. If tap water is too plain for you, throw some fresh ginger, a slice of lemon or some mint leaves in. When you are on the move you simply have your bottle refilled at any restaurant.
Don´t buy it, borrow it
A good way to contribute to protecting the environment is to reduce your overall consumption. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to sacrifice everything you love. Conscious consumption is the magical word. Another option is to ask your friends and family if you can borrow whatever you need. There’s no point in buying something new if you’re using it only one or twice.
What are your eco-friendly hacks that cost you nothing? Leave us a comment below