Save cash—and the planet
The modern lifestyle requires a lot of stuff…and a great big budget to afford all of that stuff. But even after we acquire all of the things we use on a daily basis—food, clothing, accessories, household items, beauty products—our planet has to deal with all of the consumer waste it produces. The EPA reports that Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash in 2015, contributing to pollution in the short term and speeding up climate change in the long term. The good news is that adopting sustainable practices and preserving resources can help remedy and even reverse the damage done. Here are 20 easy and impactful ways to start cutting waste today.
Put an end to the plastic pen madness
Take a look inside your junk drawer, rifle around your desk, or reach into your kid’s book bag. Have you ever wondered how you managed to accumulate so many pens—or where they all go when they’re dried up and tossed? With much of the focus on straws, bags, and water bottles, it’s easy to forget that disposable pens are quietly contributing to the 8 million metric tons of plastic dumped into our oceans each year. The solution? A refillable pen that’s too cool to throw away—or even lose. Go ahead and invest in one for each room in the house—you’ll still be saving money (and trips to Staples) in the long run. These 50 sobering facts will make you stop using plastic right now.