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. – Physorg.com


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).


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

Get it Online

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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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.”


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.


Image of three different types of produce bags

Reusable Produce Bags

Do either of these sound doable to you?


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.
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).
mama eco
Sea to Summit Spork
**the ultimate lightweight utensil**

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