Eco-friendly Habits to Start this Week
The planet is desperately asking for our help! The Project Peril team is dedicated to saving our home and we’d like you to join us with one week of eco-friendly challenges.
You’ve heard it before, reduce, reuse, recycle! We’ve come up with a challenge a day to make it easy for you to do all three.
Day One- Empty your mailbox
From bank statements to credit card offers, a lot of our mail goes straight in the garbage can. In fact, according to the EPA, more than 4 million tons of junk mail are produced annually, over half of which ends up in landfills.
Fortunately, there are ways to do your part in decreasing this number.
Stop receiving “pre-approved” credit card offers
You can call toll-free 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or visit optoutprescreen.com to opt out of receiving unsolicited offers for new credit cards and insurance.
Opt for e-statements and receipts
Most (if not all) banks have the option to receive your statements digitally. A lot of retail and groceries stores also have the option to receive your receipt in your email.
Day Two- Get a Water Bottle
Unless you don’t have access to clean tap water, there’s no reason to continue buying single-use water bottles! They’re the third most common item found in ocean debris. Even recycling these bottles does not eliminate the problem, just delays it.
If you don’t already have one, your challenge for day two is to get a water bottle that you can take with you to work, on trips, etc. With so many to choose from, you’ll want one for each day of the week, but don’t worry that’s not part of the challenge.
Already have a water bottle? Great! Your challenge is to take it everywhere you go!
Day Three- Give your Old Wardrobe New Life
Plastic, glass, cardboard and other similar items aren’t the only objects that make up our landfills. A recent survey estimates that around 26 billion pounds of clothing and textiles end up in landfills each year while only 10-15% of donated clothes actually end up in a secondhand store. By upcycling your clothes it not only saves fabric and money but you can give your old shirt a new life.
If you are unable to revive clothing there are plenty of other options too. You can create a blanket with your favorite shirts, tear them up for rags rugs or washcloths, make a tote, scarf, scrunchies- the possibilities are endless!
Day Four- Brown Bag it For Lunch
Take-out may seem convenient when you’re busy, but it’s not great for your wallet or the environment. Instead, we suggest a good home-cooked meal!
To make your lunch shopping local and in season saves money and labor that contributes to global warming. Once you’ve made a tasty recipe, save some leftovers for lunch!
Glass containers work great for food that needs to be heated up while reusable plastic containers work great for salads and other food that don’t require a microwave. Reusable ziplock bags are also perfect for crackers and other types of snacks. AND don’t forget to bring utensils from home so that you don’t have to use single-use plastic forks or knives!
Day Five- Bring Your Own Bags
So you’re at the farmers market and there’s so many goodies to carry home! Be sure to bring your own reusable bags.
The truth is that only about one out of 200 plastic bags are recycled. Help us reduce that number by using a reusable bag. Some stores even provide discounts to those who bring their own bags! One less bag used by a customer means one less bag the store has to buy meaning one less bag in our environment.
Day Six- Protect the Produce
Food waste is the top discarded component of municipal waste that accounts for over one-third of the global waste in landfills- roughly 1.6 billion tons. That’s $1.2 trillion worth of food gone to waste. We have some easy solutions to help you become more knowledgeable about your produce and keep it from going bad!
- Keep your refrigerator clean – residue in your fridge can spoil your food faster!
- Rinse your leafy greens and layer clean cloth towels between the leaves – moisture is a lettuce’s worst enemy.
- Store bananas in your fridge once they’re ripe and away from other produce – bananas contain high levels of ethylene gas which can make other fruits ripen faster.
- Freeze your fruit – store in the freezer if your fruit is getting too ripe and make smoothies or ice cream!
- Store your potatoes with your apples to prevent the eyes from sprouting.
- Don’t overstock your fridge!
Day Seven- Hang it Out to Dry
By air drying your washed clothes, you not only save energy but reduce water usage, decrease your chances of shrinkage and naturally reduce wrinkles! Although it takes a little longer, it could save you hundreds of dollars per year not to mention the amount of energy you’d be saving!
Keep being eco-conscious every day and live a greener life. Help us see the change by being the change! Taking on the challenge? Tag us on Instagram @project.peril!