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I know that there are a lot of people who are struggling to come to terms with this new lifestyle and maybe need a guide on where to start. So to make it easier for you, I’ve done the research for you and found some of the best products that will be a great investment in this new lifestyle. Now a big part of living sustainably is to buy quality products that will last you a long time. That’s why it is essential to know the types of products you’re getting. There may be some wooden items out there that are eco-friendly, but the quality might be questionable and therefore it still ends up a waste. So ideally, it is much better to invest in quality and sustainable items so we can minimize our carbon footprint.
So if you’re a beginner and are looking for some easy implementation, here’s where you can start. I’ve already gathered together some everyday essentials that you can buy and start using right away.
1. Ditch The Plastic Masks and Start Carrying Your Own Mask!
With COVID, masks are definitely the number one go-to item everyone needs to carry with them. Having your own mask is so much better, not only for the environment but also for all our unsung heroes who actually need the single-use masks at the hospital. And in a world that’s filled with plastic, don’t you want to breathe clean filtered air, rather than from a plastic mask? It seems like everything we consume is plastic, even the air we breathe! Let’s try to enjoy a much cleaner air with some 100% cotton masks!
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2. Start To Carry Your Everyday Water Bottle!
Make it a habit to just carry around with you a reusable water bottle. It’s not only good for the environment, but you’ll also drink a lot more water and be able to gauge the amount you’re drinking. At first, it might be tough to remember or even care to, since I know a lot of people might not want to carry too much with them. But trust me! If you invest in a good water bottle, like one that really keeps your water cold for hours, you’d want it with you everywhere! Just think of those times you’re in an unpredictable or uncomfortable situation, and you just want your cold freshwater. You don’t even have to go anywhere to buy one since you’ll already have it with you.
3. And Don’t Forget the Straw!
If you love to drink off a straw, make sure it's the reusable kind! I personally love my straw but mostly use it at home when drinking my matcha or chai lattes. But if you plan to stop by Starbucks for a drink, make sure to have one already in your bag so you can just skip the plastic straws. Straws are tiny and easy to carry. You can just leave one in your bag for all those spontaneous coffee breaks.
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4. Even Better, Carry Your Own Collapsible Coffee Cup To Go Along With Your Straw!
Why carry a reusable straw but still use the plastic cups? The collapsible coffee cup makes it easy for you to carry around a reusable cup as well. Thermal coffee mugs can be bulky and heavy if you have a long commute or just running around with errands. The collapsible coffee cup is better since it's made from silicone which makes it lighter and easier to carry around. Now, while silicone is not biodegradable, it is more eco-friendly and much ocean-friendly than plastic. It can be recycled easily and is more durable. Remember, the main reason plastic is so bad for our environment is because it is not durable and mostly made to be disposable. Literally, plastic is made to be trash! The material is poor and it contains toxins that are bad for your body. Silicone is a much better substitute since the quality is durable and there are no known toxins that are harmful to the body.
5. Keep Some Reusable Grocery Bags in Your Car or Bag!
Leaving some large reusable grocery bags is a good way for you to opt-out of using plastic bags. Have a couple in your car or bag so that whenever you’re out shopping, you already have them with you and have no excuse to use plastic bags. Now if you forget to bring it in the store with you, don’t be afraid to ask the cashier to quickly go out to your car and get them. It’ll only take a few minutes and would do wonders for the environment. And just remember to bring it back to your car or bag once you’ve got all the food in the house.
6. Have Your Handy Tote Bag to Carry Around Your New Reusable Tools!A tote bag is a great extension of your purse or bag. It’s like carrying an extra shopping bag/grocery bag. This can be used for carrying your water bottle, straw, and home-made lunch. But mainly, this is what you’ll use for those mini shopping sprees when you decide to get some last-minute snacks for the beach or stop by Walgreens to pick up some cotton balls or when you see a cute notebook on your way to work. If you need more, you can always fold them in tiny squares and keep them in your main bag so that you’ll always be prepared and would never have to use plastic bags!
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