small changes, big impact: how to reduce waste in your daily life - stainless steel water bottles
Thomson Reuters Foundation-
Everyone on Earth produces more than 1 kg (2. 2 lb)
According to the World Bank, the number of waste per day is expected to increase in the next 15 years.
Fed up with how governments and businesses deal with the waste crisis that has polluted the planet and exacerbated climate change, people are increasingly putting the matter in their hands.
During the "zero waste week", the following is a way to reduce the environmental impact: * ditch plastic straws: according to activists, 0. 5 billion plastic straws are used every day in the United States alone.
The straw is usually too small to recycle and is one of the most serious polluters on the beach and may end up trapped in the belly of a turkey. But single-
Plastic straws can be easily replaced with reusable models of stainless steel or glass.
* Carry reusable water bottles and coffee cups with you: according to data obtained by The Guardian, 1 million plastic bottles are purchased worldwide every minute.
According to environmental activists, at the current rate, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.
A reusable water bottle and coffee cup save money
Many coffee chains, such as Starbucks, offer discounts to customers who bring their own cups.
* Use reusable shopping bags: last week, Kenya joined more than 40 other countries including China, France, Rwanda and Italy that banned, partially banned or taxed disposable plastic bags.
Many bags drift towards the ocean, killing turtles, choking seabirds, filling the stomachs of dolphins and whales with waste until they starve to death.
Many supermarkets now offer alternatives such as reusable plastic bags, canvas bags, or cotton bags.
* Start composting: when sent to a landfill, the food residue releases methane, a gas that is more effective than carbon dioxide and can cause global warming.
With compost, a small countertop box is required to be completed in the apartment and food waste becomes a nutrient
Fertile soil that can be used to grow flowers, trees, or food.
* Switch to reusable health products: women with menstrual cramps will use thousands of health products throughout their lives
Most of them use sanitary napkins, mainly made of plastic or sanitary cotton.
Researchers estimate that in North America, 20 billion mats, tampon and applicator are sent to landfill sites each year.
But the number of alternatives is growing, including the silicon menstrual cup and reusable mats.
* Quit smoking: cigarette butts are the most common waste items in the world, considered toxic waste, destroying water supply and entering the food chain.
Cigarette butts are non-biodegradable and are made of small pieces of plastic.