6 Items Everyone Needs To Reduce Harming The Planet

By on March 4, 2020

Sitting in a local coffee shop writing, I can’t help but notice hundreds of non-reusable coffee cups walking out the door. This article is meant to highlight small changes we can all make for a positive impact on the world around us. 

1.Coffee Mug

“We’d save 6.59 million trees a year if everyone would bring their own damn mug.” 

It was this meme that inspired the article. I felt the frustration in the statement that regardless of how obvious these changes can be, it is still not mainstream. A $5 investment in a mug is the right investment. Take action today on each of the suggested items.

2. Stainless Steel Straws

It is the image of a sea turtle with plastic straw stuck in it’s nose that few can seem to forget. This photo became a symbol and emotional connection for millions to see the impact humans are having on the environment through products that last us no more than one hour of convenience. 

Embrace the “we don’t need straws” when you take a seat at a restaurant. 

3. Grocery Bags

A plastic bag can take between 400 to 1,000 years to break down in the environment. Unfortunately in that lifetime, it can be the key factor in killing 100,000 turtles and marine animals per year. When plastic breakdown it can also be ingested by fish and end up in our food supply. 

Buy a hand full of reusable bags, throw them in your car, and bring them in the store with you. It is really as simple as that.

4. Stainless Steel To-Go Containers

Not only do these containers serve great for packaging uneaten items at a restaurant but also for bringing food to work. There has been a rise in compostable options, and while these are a step in the right direction, it still takes energy to produce, create, and breakdown these alternatives. The best option is still to bring your own. (link)

5. Utensils

Just like straws, this is a simple switch. I’m not sure about you but I physically feel bummed when I am given plastic utensils without asking. My simple alternative is this pack of steel fork, knife, chopsticks, and spoon in a convenient kit. 

6. Reusable Water Bottle 

Out of all the alternatives listed, I personally see this as the most used. Great! My personal preference is a simple Nalgene bottle. I’m too clumsy for stainless steel. I would knock it over in nearly every silent situation there is. 

What item would you add to this list? Share this article to bring awareness to alternative lifestyle choices to bring sustainable options to more people.

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