Let’s get straight to the point: saving the planet calls for drastic measures. Our lifestyle (often unintentionally) has an unprecedented impact. A new phone, a city trip to New York and even a night of watching Netflix series causes damage.
Say you buy jewelry. Not necessarily that destructive for the environment, you might assume? Well, before you have it in your hands, already a great deal has happened. Think about the extraction of raw materials, the utilization of toxins and emissions of CO² in the manufacturing and transport process. And so, for the greater part, our impact takes place without us being aware of it.
So, what can you do to live as sustainably as possible?
Refuse the Bin, and Reuse
Reusing means finding a way to use the same item more than once before putting in the bin. Such as using a plastic bag in your kitchen bin or taking it with you the next time you do your shopping. Why anyone is still paying for a shopping bag is a mystery.
Investing in products which can be used many times is also great for reusing. A reusable water bottle, for example, or a portable coffee cup. Not only does this reduce the amount of waste you’re producing, but it can also save you money in the long term.
Recycling – The Last of the Three R’s
Recycling is a viable way of reducing waste and preserving natural resources. Aluminum cans, glass bottles, and paper can be recycled many times. Sadly due to sorting systems, recyclable black plastic often ends up in a landfill. So even when you’ve separated your recyclables from your non-recyclables, they may well end up in the same pile again.
Upcycling – The Trend That Keeps on Giving
Upcycling is the process of refashioning something old or broken into something new and functional. Turning an old soda cap into a piece of jewelry is a fine example of upcycling. We, TrashStyles, are doing this cool thing of only selling upcycled jewelry. So make sure to take a look at our eco-friendly handmade jewelry before you run into a fast-fashion store.
Upcycling waste is now considered new and trendy. But it was once standard before the Western world was taken over with its “if it’s broken buy a new one” attitude.