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Do you get confused about recycling? We understand your frustration. Remember recycling still consumes additional energy, and the upcycled item is generally a lower-quality produce. The better solution is to try and reduce your waste. But how can you achieve this without pulling out your hair and without it consuming too much of your time? Think about it. If you didn’t have to deal with that waste in the first place, it would save you time and money in the long run, so the solution is to reduce. If you can’t reduce, then re-use. How?

There has been something buzzing around called ‘zero-waste’ or ‘near-zero waste’. In our world today, it is difficult to buy anything without some-sort of commercial packaging, however, as summer approaches, you’ll be happy to hear living a high quality life with minimal waste is possible!

Brown is the new green: Unless you have vegetable and fruit gardening beds, consider turning off the tap for your lawn. We are expecting hotter and drier summers, so conserving water will reduce your water usage, and lower your carbon footprint.

We love those smoothies: But we also don’t realize we often slurp up this delicious beverage with a straw. Try switching to reusable straws. Simply Straws uses borosilicate glass which is tough and resistant, and suitable for hot and cold beverages.

Mason Jars: They are great for beverages, salads, soups, stews, pickling, or anything, and you never have to worry about getting leftover stained smells or oils from storing food in plastic containers.

The natural deodorizer and dryer: The SUN: Not only does it produce energy, but it also provides energy for humans and Vitamin D. It also helps save you money on your electricity bills, because it will dry your clothes all summer long.

Bike, walk, bus, and get out in nature! Get those bikes out of hibernation, and start commuting with it, or go on weekend bike rides with family and friends. It will help you reduce fuel emissions, and give you a chance to breathe fresh air, and get some daily exercise. The summer is perfect for camping, hiking, and re-connecting with nature. It’s a better and cheaper alternative to shopping at a mall.

Purchase locally: Get out there and support our local farmers, and eat freshly in season. Produce tastes much better when you know who is growing it.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, and there are so many more creative ways to reduce your waste. Don’t’ forget to check out our next blog for more tips and resources!