Simple Swaps to Become More Sustainable

Simple Swaps to Become More Sustainable

Sustainability. We’ve heard the term here and there, probably has something to do with “going green,” but what does it really mean? In short, sustainability has to do with maintaining a certain amount of growth. Though, in today’s terminology, we understand being ‘sustainable’ as using the most out of the least. It’s the process of not adding to the problem, and in the world as we know it, the problem has to do with extreme pollution.

It may seem like one of those global issues that would be impossible to take control of. The entire world sees pollution in some sense; though, making a dent on our portion of this world is what we all strive to do, right? Today we’d like to provide you with some of the simplest beginner tips to becoming more sustainable. Regardless of where you may be at in your eco-friendly knowledge, we are here to provide some simple switches that just about anyone can make.
  1. Reusable Bags: It may seem obvious, but here in Tampa we still see some people who haven’t jumped on the reusable shopping bag train! We understand, sometimes our lives get busy and remembering to bring a bag with us everywhere can seem inconvenient. Not to worry, we have some simple solutions that can hopefully help:
    • Always keeping a bag (and a backup!) in your car for shopping trips.
    • Getting a miniature compactable reusable bag that can be kept in a purse – they even have some that can be folded into a keychain!
    • Making it fun for the whole family! If one of the kiddos, spouses, or friends remembers to keep a bag with them, they can be rewarded in some fashion. This in-turn will help you remember as well!
    • Exploring alternative types of reusable bags – from Ziplocs’, to produce bags for the grocery store; the market for them only continues to grow!
  2. Reusable mugs, bottles, and cups – rather than single serve: If there’s one thing we understand, it’s the need for morning coffee, mid-day soda, or grabbing a fun smoothie on the way home from work. Most coffee shops and restaurants are beginning to understand the need to reduce single-use packaging and will allow customers to bring their own cups (some places even give a discount – shout out to you Starbucks!). Even keeping an office mug with you at your desk or office kitchen, even one that is always kept in the car; you can make a huge impact on reducing disposable cups that are usually spill-prone anyway!
  3. Reusable straws: Similar to cups and bags, once you get in the habit of using one, you’ll realize what a game changer they can be! Plus, they’re super tiny and can be kept and compacted to a hardly noticeable size! Many retailers sell sets as they gain popularity and more companies make the shift to paper straws (yes, they melt in your drink, even more of a reason to go metal!).
  4. Tupperware: Whether it’s for stashing leftovers, or packing snacks for the day, having Tupperware on hand can make a huge impact on both the planet and your wallet alike! Just make sure you know which lid goes with which container, because we know that no one has perfect Tupperware storage at home, it’s basically impossible. Most grocery stores that sell bulk will even suggest you bring your own containers to be weighed and purchased, which also cuts out the annoying step of emptying and finding more space for grocery items in our perfectly organized cabinets!
  5. Make the best of the plastic that you may need to use: Again, we get it, there are some plastic things that it is impossible to avoid using. The key is giving them a second life and not ending up as just another piece of garbage. Got an old coffee creamer bottle? Use it as an additional container for snacks with the greatest spill-proof way to pour and share! Used up all the laundry detergent? The large size of their containers makes them great for watering plants or buckets for the beach! From items as small as spice or floss containers, what can be better to hold the tiny nails and screws that don’t have a specific home?
  The lists could go on and on, but the main point is how simplistic sustainable swaps can be. Many of these things we are already using in our households or offices, so why not just be a little more aware of the improvements we can make? If not for yourself, at least do it for the whales!