Ah, the new year is starting! We all want to start off on the right foot with good resolutions related to health and nutrition. Why not start by forming good ecological habits? Let’s become experts in waste reduction and reduce our ecological footprint to help the environment!
Rest assured: it won’t be necessary to change all your habits to achieve this. Simple, small gestures performed in your daily life will make all the difference!
An easy way to avoid unnecessary waste is to simply reduce consumption at the source. How can you do this? You can bring your reusable bags to the grocery store, but also when you make any other purchases. If you have no choice but to use a plastic bag, know that you can accumulate and deposit them in a recycling bin as long as you put all of them in one transparent bag. Try to also avoid single-use containers for lunches and food preservation. Instead, turn to plastic, glass or eco-friendly Ziploc bags, made of waterproof and washable fabrics.
Another way to reduce at the source is to say goodbye to disposable cups and plastic water bottles. For coffee, hot chocolate or tea lovers, get a reusable mug. For your water consumption, opt for reusable bottles. You will simply have to refill it and ultimately, you will also save money. This is therefore a great way to do your part without changing all of your habits. Same principle with straws, dishes and single use or plastic utensils. Although they are very practical for major events or picnics, they are a big source of waste. It is therefore preferable to use washable dishes and utensils for the sake of the environment. When it comes to straws, you can simply drink from the glass or buy a wooden or metal straw, which you can carry with you for your cold drinks.
To avoid unnecessary waste, paper towels will also have to go. Simply replace them with a cloth or rag. Some Quebec companies even sell reusable and washable paper towels as a much more ecological alternative!
Another way to limit waste is to simply avoid overpackaging. More and more supermarkets are selling products in bulk. It’s easy to use glass jars or airtight containers to conserve them.
To reduce your ecological footprint, it is also better to buy local food since they require less transportation and are fresher, which in turn means that they will keep longer.
To be even greener when it comes to your food consumption, reduce your consumption of meat and dairy products. Meat production alone generates 72-78% of greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers are unanimous on this subject. One ought to consume less meat and turn to a diet that includes more vegetables, nuts and vegetables.
Who doesn’t like to shop from the comfort of their living room? It’s nice not to have to leave the house and to have items from around the world delivered to your door. Unfortunately, online shopping is synonymous with packaging and even overpackaging. In addition, the transport of products unfortunately contributes to climate change. So when possible, it is better to actually go to the store.
In addition, the fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Try to do most of your clothes shopping in thrift stores or second-hand stores. Not only will you save money, but you will also reduce waste. This also applies to new technology. It’s always tempting to get a new cell phone or computer. Models evolve quickly and rapidly become more efficient. However, this leads to an overconsumption of electronic products. Thus, rather than always buying a new device as soon as the old one becomes faulty, why not try to get the first one repaired? Don’t want your old cell, even though it still works? Try to sell it rather than throw it away. It will almost definitely make another person’s day!
It would also be a great move to use carpooling and public transit where possible. The fewer cars on the road, the better for the environment. In addition, carpooling allows you to split the cost of gas!
Ecological products are more and more prevalent on the market and allow for a good environmental awareness when it comes to cleaning. However, it’s also important to ask yourself if you really need a product for the kitchen, one for the bathroom, one for the windows, another one for the toys … An all-purpose cleaner can do the job perfectly well on its own! In addition, according to Équiterre, the interior of a house is 10 to 20 times more polluted than the air outside, thanks to the chemicals used in the household itself! So opt for natural products or make them yourself using vinegar, hot water, lemon and baking soda. It is a more economical, ecological and healthier choice!
As for beauty and personal hygiene products, know that greener products also exist. There are natural soaps, shampoos and conditioners that do not include the harmful chemicals found in conventional products. You can also purchase a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush. In short, a host of alternative products are now available on the market to help eliminate the waste generated by traditional hygiene products.
It’s easy to see that the actions that matter are not necessarily the most complicated. These few ecological resolutions will undoubtedly help you do your part in preserving and protecting the environment.
The EBI team wishes you a Happy New Year and a wonderful 2019!
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