August 30, 2021
The 30-Day Zero Waste Challenge by Maita
Day 1: Reusable bag
Quick and easy, many of us still do it, right? Well, yes, if you forget the reusable bags, which I must admit I often do. However, I was strict for the sake of this experiment: no bag, no shopping.
To my surprise, it worked well. Every time I thought about shopping for food, the mental bell automatically rang: Take bags! I even went a step further and in other shopping circumstances, such as for clothes or cosmetics, I didn't ask for plastic bags either. I admit that this habit is easily manageable.
Day 2: Drinking bottle
A year ago I bought a nice reusable stainless steel drinking bottle. So far, it has hardly been used, but I'm going to take it with me every day this month in order to reduce my plastic consumption.
Take this small step with me to make our planet greener.
For me, this was an easy win, as I haven't eaten fast food in a few months and am not planning to do so in the near future. But I never thought about the prospect of waste; the boxes and wrappers and plastic utensils we use for a maximum of 30 minutes. Try to reduce trips to fast food restaurants as much as possible.
Day 3: Ditch the paper towel
Most of the time I use kitchen towels to simply wipe down the counter or water. I only use paper towels if it's something oily or greasy, and that's very rare. It can be really handy, so try to keep a kitchen towel nearby.
Day 4: The coffee routine - bring your own mug or brew your own coffee
I've learned that most coffee cups are not reusable. Or, technically, they can be, but it's pretty hard to clean them.
I think it can be a pretty simple lifestyle change. I have a great eco-friendly reusable coffee cup, but I mostly drink coffee at home. Look around and you'll find some great alternatives online for a reusable mug.