Updated: Sep 17, 2020
4 R's? In school I only learned 3... Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle... What's the 4th?
REFUSE! The most important R!
Add these rules to your everyday life.
Leading an eco-friendly lifestyle is contagious! Once you begin to follow these steps, your friends and family will become more aware and begin to follow in your footsteps!
One can become many!
This is the #1 way you are going to make a difference!
In school you learned about supply and demand, right? Well, if we, as customers, do not demand plastic products, the producers will not supply it.
It sounds pretty simple. But, it can't happen if only a smaller part of the population is refusing unsustainable products...
Try to become more aware of what you don't actually need to live. Say no to plastic straws, cups, utensils, bags, etc. Paper products are better than plastic because they will biodegrade, but using reusable products is much more sustainable (see below).
This is step #2. Try to reduce what you consume.
Buy in bulk. But, wait? Isn't bulk more? Well, yes...BUT, it has less packaging!
For example, instead of buying a pack of yogurt cups, buy one big yogurt and serve yourself into small reusable containers for work or school. Or, instead of buying
individual Gatorade, buy the big gallon of Gatorade, and put your serving into a reusable cup or water bottle!
This practice will take a bit of getting used to, but it might be one of the easiest things I ask you to do.
*Plus, when you buy bulk you get more for your penny! Just check out the tag on the shelf to see the unit price: how much you're paying per oz/lb.
Step #3 and what I think is the second most important tip!