Zero Waste For a Simpler Life: Ideas to Celebrate Earth Day

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Earth Day is here! And Zero Waste is a great way to share awareness about our waste’s impact on our Planet. I already talked about Zero Waste basics and benefits. Today, I will give you some ideas to do this April 22, which align with the Zero Waste lifestyle basics.

Idea #1: 30 Days Strawless Challenge

Activity description: Challenge yourself to refuse any plastic straws for 30 days. Whenever you order take-out, dine-in, curbside pickup, just refuse all straws. To make it fun for members of your family or friends to participate, record every time any participant does not refuse plastic straws. At the end of the 30 days, you can have a prize for the winner. Just remember the Zero Waste basics when choosing your award!

Straws are within the top plastic waste contaminating the ocean and marine life. There are several problems with plastic straws. They are not reusable or recyclable and will end up in our water resources. If you want to know more about it, here is a great article.

Now, there are some instances when straws are just needed. Perhaps, you just prefer to use a straw, and that is ok. In those cases, there are alternatives to plastic straws. My family and I refuse and reuse. We got stainless steel straws years ago, and those are the ones I keep reusing. Additionally, my husband got the kids silicone straws, which we also reused and carried with us when going place (before COVID).

Idea #2: Coffee Transformation

Activity description: Make your own coffee in the morning, use reusable mugs and have fun coming up with creative ideas on using the coffee grounds. Here are some I have done:

  • Coffee body scrub
  • Veggie garden fertilizer
  • Odors neutralizer

Disposable coffee cups are another pollution problem impacting our Planet. On average, 16 billion disposable cups are used every year. These are not recyclable because they are coated with plastic to prevent leaks. Hence, they will end up in the landfill. Getting a reusable coffee mug is a great way to cut back our waste while saving money.

Idea #3: The Pantry Challenge

Activity description: For the next week, don’t buy unnecessary groceries. Instead, use what you already have. Look in your refrigerator and pantry, make a list of items and get creative with new recipes.

Food waste is a severe problem. Around 40 percent of the food in the US is wasted. Most of the wasted food ends up in the landfill. This contributes to the greenhouse gases since there is no environment for this organic waste to decompose in the landfill. Besides wasting the food, the resources used for growing it will be wasted as well. Reducing your foodprint is essential. In our house, we do the following:

  • Buy local as much as possible.
  • Meal Prep and Planning based on what we already have in our refrigerator and pantry
  • Freeze leftovers
  • Use vegetable scraps for broth
  • Compost (Rot)

This post is all about simple ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day while going Zero Waste. As a bonus, none of these require you to buy new stuff. Money won’t be wasted,which one of the many benefits of adopting a Zero Waste lifestyle. We only have one Earth, one home. We all can make a big difference on our Planet, little by little. All start with the decision we make.

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