New year, new goals, and a fresh start to a more sustainable you! To help jumpstart your low-waste lifestyle, we’ve compiled our favourite tips, tricks, and swaps that are simple enough to welcome into your everyday.
To date, over 320 million tonnes of plastic have been produced — a number which is set to double by 2034! No matter how big or how small our actions may be, conscious decisions to minimize waste and protect the places you love can have HUGE impacts on our planet. So say no to plastic, make the swap, and enjoy your new sustainable life!
1. Pack a Bag
Bring your own reusable bag to the grocery store, shops, farmers market, and even on your daily errands. Always having a bag packed and ready to go will allow you to carry all your goodies without the use of plastic. From Market Totes to Reusable Produce Bags, with so many options out there, you’ll never need a plastic bag again!
Plantd Tip: Keep your bags by the front door or in your car so you never forget!
2. Ditch Single-Use
Making the switch to reusable straws and cutlery is a great way to minimize your use of single-use plastics. Think about the classic saying, ” it’s just one straw…said a billion people.” Having the collective mindset that our small actions have a huge impact on the environment, is a perfect way to boost your sustainable lifestyle and ensure you are doing the best by our planet. After all, every little bit helps!
Plantd Tip: Opting for natural products is a simple way to ensure that you are minimizing waste and protecting our planet. Bamboo Straws and Wooden Cutlery Sets are a great eco-friendly replacement for plastic alternatives!
3. BYO Coconut
Whether out for a quick bite or your daily cup of coffee, bringing your own reusable container or cup is a great way to cut down on single-use plastics and waste. Grab a lidded container to enjoy later or a Coconut Bowls Jumbo Coconut Bowls to indulge right away, and fill with takeaway salads, main meals, or cheeky treats for a waste-free alternative.
For your daily dose of caffeine, bring your favourite mug from home, or fill your Bamboo Cup with refreshing cold brew and smoothies!
Plantd Tip: Always make sure your container is clean, dry, and ready to go! If you’re unsure whether your local spot will welcome your personal container, simply smile and ask beforehand — most are happy to save their packaging resources as well.
4. Boost your Plant-Based Meals
Making small changes to your diet can have a HUGE impact on our planet! As many of you know, by adopting a ‘plant conscious’ lifestyle and simply cutting out 113 grams of beef (or the average burger) per week, you can help save roughly 2,500 liters of the Earth’s freshwater supply!
We find the best way to help adopt a more plant-based diet, is by sharing delicious recipes that are quick, simple, and easy to make!
Plantd Tip: Need a bit of recipe inspo to get you started? Vegan Bowls is your one-stop-shop for plant-based recipes that are as delicious as they are healthy! Be sure to check out their Cookbook for 100+ tasty meals, or pick your favourite cuisine with their collection of monthly ebooks!
Whether donating your time or money, contributing to organizations that aim to conserve the environment is a great way to help our planet thrive! Simply pick your favourite cause, explore local non-profits, and take action!
Coconut Bowls is a proud member of 1% for the Planet, an organization committed to connecting members to high-impact nonprofit partners. Be sure to check out their website for lists of members, environmental causes, and non-profits in your area!
6. Shop Business that Care
Shopping with stores that offset carbon emissions from shipping is a simple and effective way to minimize your impact on the environment. Large quantities of carbon dioxide, or greenhouse gases, are emitted through planes, cars, factories, etc., and lead to climate change.
By choosing to offset carbon emissions from shipping and manufacturing, businesses can help fund actions that directly combat climate change (planting trees, reforestation, clean energy projects, etc.)
Plantd Tip: To learn more about Coconut Bowls carbon offset, click here! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Living plant-based and waste-free isn’t a trend — it’s a lifestyle! Start small, forgive yourself when slip-ups happen, and continue to consciously move towards a more sustainable future. Together, let’s embrace nature and protect what we love!