We use so many non-reusable items like bottles, jars, containers, pens, notebooks etc. They get used, and thrown out once they cease to have utility. Here, we list a few items of daily use, which if switched to their reusable alternatives, will instantly reduce the amount of waste you generate.
•Water bottle: people often buy water bottles when they visit amusement parks, zoos, camps and other similar places, especially the ones where a bit of walking is required (this causes them to grow thirsty, and they end up buying water). Getting a reusable water bottle will drastically improve the situation. Just ask yourself – Would you be walking for more than a hundred metres or so? If yes, make sure to carry the water bottle with you.
•Reusable cutlery: Most of the restaurants and places deliver plastic spoons, forks and other cutlery with their orders. This is extra waste if you’re ordering from home! Consider investing in a proper set of cutlery at home. While ordering, opt out of cutlery (most modern apps let you do this).
• Reusable grocery bags: Not carrying a grocery bag to the market means you’re going to get bags from the market. This is waste. It Is worth it to have a grocery bag ready, even more than one – depends on your needs. In the long run, it will definitely save wastage of countless shopping bags.
• Reusable milk bottles: consider having metallic/ceramic or glass milk containers/bottles which are of a permanent nature. Using them instead of temporary – throw and use plastic bottles will save quite a bit of waste annually.
• Refillable ink pens: This one speaks strongly for the students or people who write a lot. Consider changing the pen type if your favorite pen requires new cartridges/plastic refills each time the ink runs out. Over the course of time, these bits add up, this can be prevented by using refillable pens. Make sure to buy glass ink pots to reduce plastic usage!
More ideas coming in the next post.