We are starting with some new section in the Sustainability Journal, which is about easy steps you can take in your life to make this world and your life better. You don’t need to take all of these measures from one day to another, the human doesn’t work like that, smooth transitions is the key for the success.
Little by little you can do everything without noticing.
Do you really need that straw in the juice or the plastic bags in the shops/market or the excessive packagings of some products? Say no to all the things that doesn’t make sense for you and reinvent yourself to deal with it. Bring tissues bags with you or reuse the plastic ones you have for shopping and prefer products with less or no packaging.
It’s okay if you assume your opinions and if someone gets offended, it’s not your problem.
Prefer bulk shops
There are shops everywhere where it is allowed to buy vegetables, seeds, spices, cereals, nuts, etc. in bulk, which means you can bring your own bags or jars and fill them there.
Even in the normal markets it worths a try to bring your own containers and ask to put there the product you want, even if they don’t allow it, to ask is not forbidden and also, if a lot of people would ask to them, the message will pass, and the markets can manage to change their system for a more green one.
Prefer second-hand shops
Clothes, electronics, books, etc. are some of the things you can find in these shops. The prices are lower than to buy in first-hand and the quality is good, sometimes even better. It can be the physical shops or there are some other alternatives in the internet, like OLX where you can find things that you didn’t imagine that exist. Remember that, by selling anything (legal) you want in second-hand, you are also helping for a more resilient second-hand market and, consequently, for a more sustainable world.
By prefering second-hand shops you are reducing the dependency of the raw materials exploration and all the impacts that are connected with that.
Be packaging conscious
If you cannot avoid to buy something with a package, at least try to choose the one with less packaging by volume of product, but the packaging materials are also important. Being plastic, paper, metal or glass will change how much damage you will do to the environment.
– Jars can be reused to save food, juices, herbs, water bottle, etc. and the glass can be recyclable a lot of times maintaining the quality and demanding less energy (compared to producing from origin).
– Paper can be recycled but paper industry is not as green as most of the people can think.
– Metal is easy to recycle but not easy to reuse, normally.
– Plastic can be pratical in the daily life, but the cons overweight against the pros. All the product life tends to damage the environment: extraction, production, use and end of life (landfills or incinerator). Not all the plastic is recyclable or reusable, it pollutes the air, land and water and you (directly or indirectly), degrade the environment and it’s non-renewable.
Also, the less packages you buy, less time you spend going to the bin! 🙂