Waste and mindfulness are not two phrases you’d usually associate with one another, but making a conscious effort to being a little more mindful can actually help you reduce waste. Gone are the days when sustainability was all about compost bins and worm farms,and today it’s about so much more than just separating your paper from plastic.
While the concept of reducing waste can sometimes feel a little overwhelming, and it’s hard to know where to even start, we decided to do your homework for you to see exactly what we can each do to reduce our waste.
Start small and take your time.
It is hard to break years of habit and stick with it, so our biggest advice it take it slow. Start with one focus at a time until it becomes a habit, then move onto the next!
We are no stranger to the morning/lunch/afternoon/anytime coffee (we are only human) but eventually those paper cups build up! Most cafes welcome when you bring your own cup (and more often than not, they’ll slightly shave the price for you too… win win).
Ditch the food wrap!
Ditch the food wrap and invest in some good quality storage containers! Not only are these better for the environment, but they are versatile (storage and a lunch box!). Instead of wrapping up your food in plastic, place it in the airtight container you can use time and time again.
When shopping for your food, select items that have less packaging. Avoid packaged fruit and vegetables, and items that have multiple layers of packaging. Instead go for plain fruit and veg, glass jars (instead of plastic packaging), or select easily recyclable packaging.
Reuse! Reuse! Reuse!
Shopping smart can be difficult at times, so try and get the most life out of what you buy! Reuse your plastic bags, use your glass jars as food storage (or try our salad in a jar?), or get creative with giving your items a second life before you throw them away!
Don’t be afraid to write down your goals to keep you focused! Seeing your goal every day will ensure you are mindful of your intentions, and it will make it easier to stick to them! Once you have reached your goals, add more to the list! Here’s ours:
- Use a water bottle (don’t buy bottled water)
- Remember reusable shopping bags
- Bring own cutlery, instead of disposable
- Recycle everything!