Eliminating, substituting, reducing and/or recycling the waste from our shopping and dining trips.
While I like to think that, as an adult, I have left behind the awful habits of mindless shopping and endless eating out that I did a lot of in my teens and twenties, the truth is I still very much enjoy strolling through a mall for hours and eating food that I didn’t cook myself.
These activities, however, can generate a significant amount of trash - especially if you have a habit of snacking your way through a mall like I do!
Arguably, a lot of what we use and end up throwing away 30 seconds later are completely unnecessary trash that can be avoided with some thought and preparation.
The challenge, though, is not in the thought and preparation, but in the changing of ingrained habits.
The solutions I’ll be proposing down below are nothing new, and you would have definitely heard of them countless times before. It’s not that you don’t know, it’s that you don’t do.
So, let’s tackle that issue first.
“Uggghhh, but it’s so inconvenient!”
Reusable bags, reusable water bottle, reusable Tupperware…etc - they all have one thing in common: you need to remember to bring them with you to actually put them to use.
This could mean having to pre-plan ahead each time you plan to go shopping or dining out, or it could mean constantly carrying all that stuff around with you to cater to your unpredictable impulse to buy or eat something NOW, like right NOW.
Either way, the response is almost aways a disgusted whine on how much trouble it would be.
And yes, I get it, it can be inconvenient to have to actually remember to bring all these reusables, on top of your very hectic life and a million other things that need to occupy your memory and brain space.
And yes, it can be so embarrassing to be the only weirdo asking the barista to fill the coffee into your own cup when everyone else i