A famous frog once lamented that “it’s not easy being green”… but that was back in the 70s!
Times have changed. Being green is mainstream. In fact, nowadays, we find ourselves looking for ways to be even greener. One of the most significant ways to lessen your impact on the environment is to reduce the amount of waste you produce in your daily life. Here are six simple, eco-friendly swaps you can make today to greatly reduce the amount of trash you send to the landfill:
Switch to reusable grocery totes
It’s estimated that 5 trillion plastic bags are produced yearly — enough to circle the globe seven times! Instead of paying for a plastic bag each time you shop, purchase a reusable tote that will see you through many years’ worth of trips to the grocery store.
Switch to reusable water bottles
By switching from single-use plastic water bottles to a reusable water bottle made from metal or glass, you will prevent approximately 217 plastic bottles from ending up in the landfill per year. And while the landfill gets leaner, your wallet might feel a bit heftier because tap water is about 98 per cent cheaper than bottled water in the Cayman Islands.
Switch to non-plastic straws
Have you seen the video of a straw being pulled from a turtle’s nose? The disturbing video went viral in 2015 and sparked an anti-straw movement that quickly reached our shores. If you absolutely have to use a straw to slurp your morning smoothie, pick up one made from glass or stainless steel instead.
Stop using plastic cutlery
Buy a reusable set made of metal or bamboo and you will never have to worry about snapping your fork in half mid-lunch again. Many supermarkets and restaurants also offer compostable single-use cutlery as an eco-friendly alternative to the plastic versions.
Use eco-friendly toothbrushes
Most dentists recommend changing your toothbrush about every three months, which adds up to around 300 toothbrushes over the course the average lifespan. Instead of adding all that plastic to the landfill, try switching to a bamboo toothbrush with recyclable or compostable bristles.
Stop using plastic/foil wrap
Although tinfoil can be recycled if it is unsoiled by food, cling film cannot be recycled locally. Skip these single-use items altogether by using reusable glass or plastic storage containers, beeswax wraps or washable baggies to keep your leftovers fresh.