Time is money, and let’s be honest - we could all use little more of both of these things. When it comes to convenience, we tend to err on the side of quick and easy (of course), but sometimes that quick fix is costly to one of our greatest joys - the environment! Take a look at these commonly used items that provide us with a lot of convenience, but damage the environment, and then look at how you can replace these.
Single brew coffee pods. It has been highly publicized that these cute little coffee cup fillers account for a large amount of waste. The early morning caffeine needs just can’t always seem to connect the dots between the damage and the - well, want. To compromise, use a mini reusable coffee filter. It only adds the couple seconds that it takes to fill the pod with grounds, and you actually save money on coffee cost!
To-go boxes. Eating out can often mean a hefty meal, and no one wants to waste food! To-go containers, however, are often made of styrofoam or other non-recyclable material. Since you can’t control what a restaurant is purchasing and placing leftovers in, help reduce waste by bringing your own tupperware containers in order to stock up.
Cotton swabs. These little tools provide our ears, nails and other tiny spots a lot of relief, but they are extremely wasteful. When it comes to swabbing the ear drums, these are actually dangerous to use, but for a true replacement, use a washable, replaceable make-up applicator - it’s just as small!
Sticky notes. These make it so easy to leave a quick note for someone or put a reminder on any nearby
object. Nearly 90 football fields of forest have been clear cut in the U.S. to produce 3 million sticky notes though! Tap into the tech age with digital sticky notes or simply use a notebook made of recycled paper - this significantly reduces the real estate of wasteful sticky notes!