To celebrate Earth Month, we have rounded up six easy and minimal effort actions that you can take NOW to make our planet better and reduce your daily carbon footprint.
Ready to try them? Let’s get started!
1 - BRING YOUR OWN CUP
Did you know that 16 BILLION (that’s with a B!) single-use coffee cups end up in our landfills yearly?
That is a lot of Tim Hortons! It’s so so so easy to bring your own cup and refill whenever you need that cup of joe! We understand that certain stores are not allowing refillable cups at the moment due to sanitary restrictions, but it’s always a good idea to ask.
Even better? Make your coffee at home and save money on top of that!
2 - SAY NO TO PLASTIC BAGS WHEN SHOPPING
Most stores have stopped offering single plastic bags, but there is still a lot of work to do.
It’s easy to simply bring your own, wherever you shop. Just don't forget them at home like I do sometimes!
Pro-tip : leave them in the car trunk for easy access. It’s a shorter walk to the car then having to go back home. Plastic bags end up in our oceans at an alarming rate, being a complete nuisance to marine life and their natural habitats.
3 - COMPOSTING : THE AMAZING AND (SMELLY) SOLUTION TO LESS LANDFILL WASTE.
We get it. It stinks. BUT! It’s an amazing way to reduce our landfill waste by tons.
Easiest way in my opinion? Counter top bins, designated only for composting. Can’t stand the scent? Invest in Carbon Filters to soothe your nostrils.
When your bin is full you can dump in your own outside bin or community bin. Certain cities even offer composting pick up. Try calling your local municipality and finding out the best composting solution for you in your community.
4 - SAY NO TO RECEIPTSHave you ever gotten one of those receipts so long you can make a scarf out of it? Certainly avoidable!
More and more stores now have email-only options for receipts, try it!
It’s convenient and waste free. As receipt paper is usually not recyclable, it’s best to avoid it.
5 - BIKE EVERYWHERE!
If your weather and city allows, commuting by bike is not only good for the environment, but it’s good for you! Bike Commute Hero states that If you bike commute instead of public transport you can save approximately $800 a year. If you trade in your car for a bike to use it as the primary means of transportation you can save over $7,500 a year. So, depending on your circumstances the annual savings by bike commuting can vary between $800 and $7,500.
6 - DITCH PLASTIC AND CHOOSE BAMBOO!
Bamboo products are not only cool and awesome, but they are highly sustainable. You can find many of our everyday essentials such as toothbrushes, cotton swabs, makeup removing charcoal rounds, straws and utensils for your needs. The best part? You won’t break the bank. The future is bamboo’s mission is to help you lower your plastic waste and not break the bank.
Are you in? You can start shopping here!