And as always, remember it’s a JOURNEY!
1. Keep Cup
2. Stasher Bag
5. Metal straw
If you’re like me, you drink something out of a straw most days. If overtime you grab a new plastic straw, it’s so much to toss ‘away’. These travel everywhere with me in my purse and live in out drawers at home. Then they go through the dishwasher (after using the straw cleaner) and live literally, forever. Which means they recoup their cost in the time it takes you to go through one box of plastic straws, winner. If you’re wanting them for coffee (you know, to save your lipstick) try the heat resistant Koffee Straw
8. Sewing kit
You know, like your granny had? Or maybe you have a small hotel one stashed away somewhere? We’re so used to throwing things out when they get a little hole, I mean, clothes are cheap enough to wear till the break… or even less. But we’re trying to make the move away from Fast Fashion and buying lots new every season and move towards more quality purchases that we keep for years. Did you know that 6% of New York household waste is clothing?! I know, insane. And that’s after charity shop donations are made! Once we spend more money on an item (or even when we don’t) we then have to do better at actually mending and not just tossing. And it helps the wallet too, a full sewing kit like this is $10, which far beat the cost of a new item!
A lot of places are slowly making plastic bags either come with a change, or making them illegal. I love that! But wither way we always take a tote (or 5) when we shop or travel. They’re usually not an item you have to buy, most people have got a free one from somewhere lying around – it’s just remembering to take them! I either keep them in my car (and put them back right in after shopping) or leave a note on my dashboard or at the top of my grocery shopping list.
All if you’re a bulk shopper (which is a great way to go zero waste, then get yourself some of these organic cotton produce bags to use for bulk dry good and produce. There are 7 in the $15 and it’s all I need with a couple of glass jars for my weekly shop. And the tare (empty weight) is written on the label for extra easy use!)
And maybe this should have come first but the number ONE and FREE way to save waste is learning the art of saying ‘no’ to things, and the confidence to feel a little awkward.
e.g. we all (mostly) have this feeling that we need to say yes to something if it’s free. You know what? We don’t. Yes Clayton gets a free drink at Chipotle. But it’s juice that comes in plastic so I turn it down. If I forget my shopping bags I reload everything into the cart and take it out to the car sans bags. I’ve been told I’m silly and I should take bags in our local store. I was even told ‘taking a bag provides jobs, you shouldn’t turn it down.’ But I do. We all get sent a ton in the mail, but put a ‘no circulars’ note on your letter box/mail box to stop those things coming to you. We’re in a lot of meetings where there are free plastic water bottles, sometimes I’m even thirsty andI still say no to them. I’d rather be thirsty for a bit than create plastic waste for the conveneice of water exactly when I want it. Cos it’s my convenience now, but it’s the world’s inconvenience forever. It takes a mindset shift to make some of these decisions, especially depending on where you live. If you’re in San Francisco, you’ll be celebrated for bringing your own to go container. If you show up at Jared’s labourite local takeout and ask them to use our container instead of their polustyremen one – they basically don’t even unsdetsnad why that would happen. But I get over the awkwardness and explain, and do it confidently.