April is home to Earth Day. While we think every day should be Earth Day, April 22 is a great time to revisit what you’re currently doing to preserve our awesome earth and to start doing more. And the extra awesome news: All of the things on our list not only help save the environment, they also help you slim down and save money. Win-win-win.
DON’T: Fall for Pretty Packaging
According to the EPA, plastics, paper, and cardboard make up over 40% of our waste. Skip the packaging and buy items like whole grains, beans, dried fruit, nuts/seeds, and spices from bulk bins. Storing these in jars at home not only looks really cool, it prevents packaging waste. We like to take reusable fine mesh bags like this with us to the grocery store, load them up with items from the bulk bins, and then transfer our goods to glass jars.
DO: Pack Meals and Snacks from Home
Buying breakfast on your way to work, or heading out to pick up lunch on your lunch break, might seem like the most time efficient option, but it’s neither environmentally friendly, nor cost-effective. Consider that a to-go meal usually comes wrapped in paper or plastic (or in a styrofoam container), is placed inside a paper or plastic bag, and packed with plastic utensils and paper napkins.
That’s a whole lot of waste! Instead, pack up your lunch and breakfast (remember our 4 Fast Make-Ahead Breakfasts?) the night before in reusable containers. In the morning, grab your meals and head out the door. You’ll save cash, unnecessary packaging, and in most cases, time!
DON’T: Sip and Toss
Have a morning latte habit? If you sip on coffee from a disposable cup every weekday morning, you’re tossing over 250 cups, paper sleeves, and plastic lids into the landfills each year. We personally love the feeling of sipping out of the disposable cups (you can’t beat those lids!) so we use a ceramic version with a silicon lid (