It’s December 31st, 2023 and the start of a brand new year! Many of us have made resolutions to better ourselves, improve our health, and focus on our families. But this year, let’s take it a step further. Let’s make 2023 the year of sustainability and eco-friendly practices.
As the effects of climate change become increasingly more visible, the need to protect our planet and the environment has never been greater. It’s time for all of us to take responsibility for our own actions and consider how we can reduce plastic waste and our own personal contributions to climate change.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the task of protecting the Earth, but there are many small, simple steps you can take to make a big difference. Here are five easy ways to help you become more climate conscious in 2023 and reduce your plastic waste.
1. Reusable Shopping Bags
Plastic bags are one of the most common forms of plastic waste and a major contributor to the global pollution crisis. The best way to reduce your plastic bag consumption is to always carry reusable bags with you when you go shopping. It’s easy to forget, but try to make it a habit. You can even purchase reusable bags that are stylish and make a statement.
2. Say No to Straws
Straws are another source of plastic pollution. The next time you’re at a restaurant or coffee shop, say no to the straw. If you need one, opt for a reusable metal or bamboo straw instead.
3. Ditch the Disposables
We’re all guilty of reaching for disposable items like coffee cups and utensils. But those items can quickly add up and contribute to plastic waste. Make the switch to reusable items like mugs, water bottles, and cutlery. Not only will you reduce your plastic waste, you’ll also have a fun collection of mugs and bottles!
4. Shop Second Hand
Clothing and accessories are also a major source of plastic waste. Instead of buying new items, try shopping second-hand. You can find gently-used items at thrift stores and online marketplaces like eBay and Mercari. Not only will you be reducing your plastic waste, you’ll also save money!
5. Bring Your Own Containers
If you’re ordering takeout or getting food to go, bring your own containers instead of using disposables. This is a great way to reduce your plastic waste and you’ll be sure to get the exact amount of food you want.
These are just a few easy ways to be more climate conscious and reduce your plastic waste in 2023. Start small and be consistent. Every action we take, no matter how small, has a significant impact on our environment. Together, we can make a difference and create a better, more sustainable world for ourselves and future generations.
Happy New Year!