Rethink Your Choices, Refuse Single Use, Reuse And Recycle




Rethink how you view natural resources. Understanding that natural resources are limited can greatly influence the choices you make in your everyday life. 


When purchasing items, remember the words of L.N. Smith, "Every dollar you spend or don't spend is a vote you cast for the world you want to live in." It is critical to realize that every choice you make is very important to the health of the planet. 


One way to rethink about the choices you make is to conduct an at-home waste audit. This will allow you to see areas of your life that cause the most waste. The waste audit might show you that you go through a large number of plastic water bottles. To reduce this, consider using the same water bottle over and over again. For a more durable option, consider purchasing a reusable water bottle that will last, such as stainless steel or glass. You will find that not only are you saving the environment by not purchasing bottled water, but you're also saving your wallet!  If you have concerns about tap water, there are many water filters available for purchase at local stores and online. 


Sustainability defines refuse as refusing to accept or support products or companies that harm the environment. One way to do this is to refuse items that are over-packaged or packaged in plastic. While it is difficult to refuse all plastic items, being more conscious can help change your habits. 


A great way to refuse over-packaged items is to start your grocery shopping in the produce section. Not only is this a healthier option, but also the more environmentally conscious option. Avoid produce wrapped in plastic. Once you find the package-free produce, use a reusable produce bag instead of the plastic produce bags offered in the market.   


When you purchase an item, say a can of tomato sauce, think about how you are paying for the sauce AND the jar or container it comes in. Look around your home to find the various ways the products you purchase are packaged. Since you are paying for this packaging - why not make the most of it? There are endless ideas online. If you cannot reuse an item, share it with someone else; this is called re-homing. You can donate to a local thrift store or share with your neighbor next door. 


Before disposing of an item, consider the ways in which it could be repurposed or repaired. There are many exciting ways household items can be repurposed and repaired. 


At The Eco Fairy, our goal is to help you build a more sustainable life by offering you a line of reusable products. We offer products that last and that will help you reduce the amount of plastic you use.   


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