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SIMPLE LIFESTYLE CHANGES TO BENEFIT OUR ENVIRONMENT

There are many innovative product and waste management solutions forming, however, at the end of the day many of these will only come to fruition if the consumer starts to take a personal responsibility for their own waste contribution.



SO WHAT CAN A CONSUMER DO TO ENVIRONMENTALLY RETRAIN THE BRAIN?


Start to question the products surrounding you in your day-to-day. Take note of each product you use from the moment you wake up. Did it come in a plastic packaging? Could you reuse it? Is it essential that you continue to purchase this item once it runs out? Is there a more environmentally acceptable version of this product available? Ask yourself these questions and allow yourself to be accountable for your own environmental footprint. If you can start by making simple changes and give yourself recognition along the way, it can be quite an enjoyable and rewarding process.


MAKING SMALL CHANGES AT HOME.


Making small changes at home is an easy step and makes an enormous difference on your household waste output. With so many pioneering small businesses transforming the ‘day-to-day’ disposable household items with earth-conscious alternatives, there is a solution for just about any item. Becoming aware of detrimental products that you bring home with you is key. Whether it be plastic shopping bags or new toothbrushes for the family, there is a responsible alternative for many of these daily items, and they are easy to source.


ASK YOUR BARISTA IF YOUR DISPOSABLE COFFEE CUP IS SUSTAINABLE.


Give credit and support to businesses that are doing their part to reduce plastic waste. If there is a local café near your home or office that chooses to offer customers eco-friendly packaged items, give them a try! If you’re drinking two cups of coffee each day, that’s potentially 730 harmful pieces of plastic you’re committing to landfill each year. Opting for an environmentally focused café or bringing your own reusable cup will help clear your conscience and reduce landfill waste.


BE A SENSIBLE SHOPPER WHILE SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES.


Have you noticed how much we, as consumers are conditioned to see plastic products and packaging as a way of life? Every item in the grocery store is made to convenience the consumer. Grocery store chains even offer plastic bags to cover fruit and vegetables which already come naturally with a pre-packaged, self-preserving skin. Where possible, shop at smaller, environmentally conscious grocery stores, particularly those which offer bulk, self-serve options that you can take home in a glass jar. If you need a packaged item, try to seek out products that come in recyclable or compostable packaging.

The more accountable we are for our own environmental footprint, the better our environmental health becomes. If an item can’t be repurposed, reused, recycled or composted, don’t bring it home!

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