‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ is a popular motto made to save the planet. Whether through conserving energy or recycling plastic materials, you can do your part in reducing waste by watching what you buy and carefully considering what you do with each item you have no need for.

Remember, being green isn’t time-consuming. All you need to do is follow the steps we have provided below to make environmentally friendly choices!

Purchase products with less packaging.

The first thing you need to do is to avoid single-serve or individually wrapped items. Additionally, you can also shop at stores that have bulk dispensers for grains, nuts, dried fruits, and snacks or try to buy bulk sizes of food or sanitary products, which saves on packaging. Here are other things to keep in mind:

  • If you are planning to buy produce at the grocery store, try to avoid packing the product in an extra plastic bag if it isn’t necessary.
  • You can also try ‘precycling’ by only purchasing products whose materials can be recycled.
  • When shopping, we recommend bringing durable canvas or synthetic fibre bags, a backpack, or a basket with you to the store, enough to hold whatever you plan on buying. This will eliminate the use of plastic bags in the process.

Avoid using disposables.

While this may not be talked about in school or in the news, disposables actually are the main contributors of toxic waste to our environment. Some of these items include things like plastic forks, knives, plates, cups, diapers, razor blades and many more. Here are some tips you can follow:

  • For example, if you are using disposable diapers, we recommend using cloth diapers or nappies instead. Although you will have to clean them more often, it can help reduce waste.
  • Try to buy a razor with replaceable blades rather than a disposable razor. While you have to throw the old blades away, you can still save the plastic handle.
  • Another example is if you are at a picnic or birthday party, we recommend serving with reusable plastic or wooden plates, cups, and utensils instead of disposable paper or plastic ones.

Reduce electricity use.

Another way to help the environment is by reducing electricity use as much as possible. According to recent studies, these are also one of the main sources of radiation and toxic chemicals that are constantly affecting the planet. For this reason, following these tips below:

  • To reduce electricity use, try to shut down or unplug any electrical appliances that aren’t being used, such as the TV, radio, stereo, computer, lights, or chargers for cell phones or mp3 players. 
  • If you have time, you can also try washing clothes by hand, and dry them outside as much as possible. 
  • Moreover, if you plan to purchase appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers, we recommend picking ones that are rated with the Energy Star classification.
  • Try to replace all incandescent light bulbs with Energy-Star-rated compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) since it can help you save electricity in the long run as well.

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