With Earth Day approaching, the team at Nature’s Flavors wanted to give you some tips on living a more sustainable life. Sustainability is something we all could be better at. Loving our planet is loving ourselves!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
The most common rule of thumb out there. This is an easy first step! We can easily reduce a lot of things we use. As a matter of fact, you can start with simple things. So, you can make sure to turn the light off when you leave a room. Or, turn of the water while you brush your teeth. You can even make sure to not use your thermostat when you aren’t home and switch your light bulbs to LEDs so they use less energy!
Practicing the habit of reusing is also a great method of sustainability. Although plastic is generally frowned upon, your day-to-day tupperware helps reduce waste! Comparatively, it’s also a great idea to invest in reusable water bottles and shopping bags. Undeniably, all three of these small changes will make a positive impact.
Despite the fact that we should usually avoid the use of plastic, sometimes it’s inevitable. For this reason, you should try to recycle all plastics. This includes bottles, straws, cups, containers, all of them! With this in mind, you can do this by dedicating a certain trash can or bin to recyclables. Undoubtedly, doing this will eventually pile up, so from that point forward, you can take your plastics to a local recycling center or even look into local recycling events in your area.
What Else Can I Do?
A very common and well liked practice is going paperless. Provided that we unavoidably get mail on a daily basis, there are certain ways you can reduce your mail. Enrolling in “paperless” statements with your credit cards and banks is great for sustainability. You can also start buying your produce from a local farmer’s market or farm. Doing this helps reduce “wasteful transportation emissions”. In addition, shopping local farmer’s markets not only help you get the freshest produce, but also helps farm families keep doing what they love.
As mentioned earlier, reducing plastic is important! When out at restaurants or out for your favorite coffee, simply say no to a straw. If you absolutely have to have a straw with your drink (like me), you can explore reusable stainless steel straws that are environmentally friendly! They come in all sorts of fun colors, sizes, and lengths, so you’ll never have to be without a straw.
The Bottom Line
We all have to do our part in loving our planet, and baby steps are the way to go! If you would like to read more about doing your part, check out Why You Should Start A Compost Today or Smells Like Clean Spirit: Using Essential Oils To Fight Bacteria.