Welcome back! Yesterday’s challenge called for us to refuse one-use products throughout our day. I spend most of my weekdays at home, but for the sake of a challenge, I went to my local Starbucks to practice this in a public setting. I brought my reusable tumbler and kindly asked the barista for a soy latte “in here please” as I slid it across the counter. She handed me back the lid (pro tip: hold on to your lid so you don’t look like a novice), complimented my tumbler, and passed it on to the barista in charge of the coffee! Totally normal request.
Bonus: If you bring your own cup to Starbucks, they give you 10 cents off of your order!
At home, I was conscious of what one-use products I kept reaching for: cotton rounds, paper towels, tissues. To eliminate these, I ordered some hankies and reusable cotton rounds on Etsy and will be replacing the paper towels in my kitchen with reusable cloth napkins (you can find these on Etsy as well, but I’m going to make some of my own to start).
CHALLENGE: Buy Recycled
Buying recycled products is important for several reasons. First, it is an incentive for waste disposal programs to continue and expand recycling programs. If there isn’t a demand for recycled products, recycling companies won’t make enough money to continue offering recycling options. In addition, it creates jobs, reduces pollution and landfill waste, and conserves natural resources.
I currently buy recycled tinfoil and toilet paper but am looking into other places where I can buy recycled as well. The main place where I can implement recycled products is in my Etsy business, where I need to purchase a lot of mailing supplies and office paper.
I’ll check back in tomorrow with my progress and another challenge!
All for now,