1. This year I plan to make small DIY reusable bags for groceries so I don’t need to use numerous plastic bags to pack every type of groceries. I’ve read that eating meat also helps the planet since you save water that goes into meat production. Hopefully, my vegetarian lifestyle makes small impact 🙂

    1. That sounds fantastic! You can also purchase eco-friendly shopping bags on Amazon too. Either way, so important to get rid of the plastic. Reducing meat definitely helps as well. I actually watched a documentary the other day called The Game Changers (on Netflix) and it talks about how healthy a plant based diet is. Really interesting to watch! Have a good one Iryna!

  2. This is super interesting! I try to help the environment as much as possible and drive an electric car, however I do not use my tumbler when I get coffee and I always just assumed coffee cups could be recycled. Thanks for the practical tips!

    1. That’s so cool that you have an electric car! That definitely helps the environment. I too try and do as much as possible for the environment but find there’s always more to do!

  3. We went to California in 2016 and I was inspired by the way so many things are recycled and the food is composted. In my area, people think I’m strange when I say no to plastic straws and bags. I have a big yard, so I compost what I can.

  4. Wow, I did not know that about my Starbucks cup at all. But it definitely makes sense, the liner does not feel recyclable (I am sorry to say I am sitting here with one right now).
    It is so important to help the environment in even the smallest and simplest of ways.

  5. You are what you don’t eat – that’s something I’m working towards changing. I buy less.

  6. I love how many places have no bags now! It is SUCH a great reminder (or forcer) to use my resuable bags!

  7. Yea, the plastic is for real. I’m trying to keep reusable bags in my car all the time now. Otherwise it’s such a waste!

  8. What an eye-opening post. And I really appreciate you offering actionable suggestions on what we can do to help. My city just switched over from plastic to all-paper bags in stores. This was a big (positive) change around here. Now we don’t waste plastic bags for every little purchase. And because the paper grocery bags are so large, it makes people think twice about needing a bag for every small item.

  9. What a great concept. I have been trying very hard to meal plan my leftovers to decrease the amount of food we waste in this house.

  10. Just be aware and start making small lifestyle changes. Pretty soon you will realize how much you are actually doing.

  11. Great ideas! I love that plastic shopping bags are banned here in my state. Cloth bags are a really simple way to cut down on plastic usage.

  12. I love helping in any way I can…I wish more people cared 🙁

  13. I really like shopping at Aldi and Trader Joes. TJ’s does paper bags and Aldi does no bags. That’s not why I shop there, but I do like that aspect of it. I try to reuse any plastic bags I get from the store, but I admit that they still end up in the trash at the end of their “life”. I need to make more of an effort.

    1. Every little bit helps 🙂 If I have any plastic bags at home, I use them for garbage – it saves me having to buy bags for garbage too. (I wish we had Trader Joe’s in Canada!)

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