B.Y.O.B.B. – 2 EASY Ways to Lower Your Waste

B.Y.O.B.B. – 2 EASY Ways to Lower Your Waste
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[Not so] Fun Fact: 

“In 2007, US consumers purchased more than 33 billion liters of bottled water …. The total energy required to produce [such a large amount] is equivalent to 32-54 million barrels of oil.” To break it down further, each bottle of water requires 2,000 times the energy of producing tap water.

A statistic like this really makes you think.
Do I really need bottled water? Is it worth the absurd amount of energy it requires?
And what changes can I make on an individual level to encourage change on a global scale?

 

Here’s a good starting point…


BYOB #1: Bring Your Own Bottle

(no, I’m not talking about liquor)

Carrying a reusable water bottle or to-go mug can eliminate the need for buying plastic water bottles and drinking from single-use coffee cups. It reduces your trash footprint and saves you money since you’re not buying drinks with a retail markup. Now even though single-use plastic bottles are recyclable, they require a ton of energy to produce (as mentioned above), and most of the time, do not get recycled.

Despite a common misconception, paper coffee cups are actually not recyclable. Most of them (including those at Starbucks) are “made from cardboard with a thin layer of plastic tightly attached to the cup.” In fact, they can take up to two decades to decompose on their own (CNN).

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Image of four different types of reusable water bottles
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There are so many reusable alternatives out there. You can find one to fit your every need:
BPA-free, glass, insulated, and foldable are just a few of the options.

 Here are 2 of my fav’s:

 

Reusable Coffee Cup by Ecoffee Cup

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Image of a Black Ecoffee Cup

Made of bamboo fibers • Silicone lid• Great for coffee and tea • Dishwasher safe


Foldable Water Bottle by Vapur

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Image of a Grey Vapur Water Bottle

Weighs practically nothing!! • Made of BPA-free plastic • Foldable/Collapsible

Can clip onto your bag • Made in the USA • Dishwasher safe


BYOB #2: Bring Your Own Bag

Did You Know? “160,000 plastic bags are used globally every second.”

-TheWorldCounts.com


I try to always have a reusable bag on me, which comes in handy if I need to make a last minute stop at the grocery. You can keep one in your backpack, leave a bunch by your front door, or stash a few in your car. My personal favorite is Baggu, which is exceptionally lightweight, has a ton of designs, and folds up seamlessly into the square shape you see below.

Image of three types of reusable bags: a green one, a blue one and a black one

If you’re not up for buying a reusable bag, lots of retail stores now give out their own instead of plastic or paper bags. You can try those out for a test run and see how you like it.


Reusable produce bags are also especially useful when trying to avoid those plastic bags in the produce section.

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Image of three different types of produce bags

Reusable Produce Bags


Do either of these sound doable to you?

 

No?!?!

 

How about a Bonus Round…


BYO…Utensil !!

(I know it doesn’t sound as sexy, but just hear me out)

Think of how many times you’ve ordered take-out or picked up a quick lunch and used plastic cutlery. Now think about the waste you could have avoided if you used reusable cutlery in each of those instances.
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Image of several different reusable utensils
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You can get reusable utensils made from bamboo, lightweight metal, or even foldable ones that can fit in your pocket. I don’t leave the house without my Sea to Summit Spork. It weighs less than a pen, it’s easy to clean, and it works great for any meal (except spaghetti, which is quite challenging if I’m totally honest).
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Image of the Sea to Summit Spork
Sea to Summit Spork
**the ultimate lightweight utensil**

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