Go a day without waste — I dare you
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“Yes, we all heard that Target will be selling wine by the glass for shoppers," Shreeves said. "But is that really what you need in your life right now? Don't fall for the trap. "Two glasses in and that paisley-printed bulldog will appear to be a necessity. Yeah, right. Stop buying stuff or your kids (or someone else) will have to deal with an insane amount of crap when you die. And guess what? That paisley-printed bulldog is headed for the dump.”
“Even before I started my zero-waste lifestyle, I stopped buying things made of fake materials," Shreeves said. "For the most part, that means plastics (anything with a "poly-" in front of the name). Much like many scoff at the 'other' Polo, I side-eye those plastic Family Dollar cooking utensils. Since making this decision, everything I've purchased has been made of natural materials including wood, steel, bamboo, cotton, hemp, copper, glass, ceramic, etc. “
“Three words. Bring Your Own," Shreeves said. "Why contribute to manufacture pollution, energy waste and landfills trash for a 30-minute lunch break? Every time you leave the house, carry a reusable cup, napkin and fork/spoon; nothing fancy. Use what you have in your cabinets. “
“Not to be confused with Costco's 1000 rolls of toilet paper," Shreeves said. "But the bulk section of the grocery store is where you scoop your own dry goods into bags to be weighed at the cashier counter. Easily my favorite part of the grocery store. I can pack grains, nuts, oils, soaps and such into my own containers and jars. I get to leave the grocery store without packaging guilt.”
“Something borrowed isn't just for weddings," Shreeves said. "Need a blow dryer for your birthday hair? Loan your homegirls (it's a birthday offering). Looking for a book? Visit the library. If you can't find what you’re looking for in your network of friends and family, try Freecycle, Craigslist or thrift shops.”
For some of you, these suggestions might be completely outside of your comfort zone. I know just over a year ago, the only bulk food I ever noticed in the grocery store was in the candy aisle. But if we are the generation that’s going to reverse climate change, uplift our communities and create a better tomorrow, we’ve got to start somewhere. We’ve got to at least try. So go a day without waste, I dare yo! The 5Bs should make it easy.