So what could a reusable water bottle, a parsley plant and a 20oz plastic bottle have in common? They’re all tools my family is using to reduce waste. It’s common knowledge that the resources on this earth is finite which is why taking care of it now is crucial to future generations. When I chose to participate in the P&G Everyday Effect Program I was a little overwhelmed. How could my family better our world? How could just three people really make a meaningful difference?
P&G believes the most effective changes don’t necessarily start with grand acts and can start much closer to home, by changing the way we think about things like waste.
So what could I do that was ordinary to add up to extraordinary? I decided our goal would be to cut down on our use of Water and Plastic, using small but effective tools. I knew that if I came to my family and announced that we would be helping to save the environment I would be met with groans of resistance. It’s not that they don’t care about the environment, they do, but it isn’t easy to change habits. So, I decided to get a little creative with the delivery. Thus we have Parsley, reusable water bottle and 2o Oz plastic bottle.
Instead of announcing that I would no longer be buying bottled water, I bought I my husband two awesome reusable water bottles. The water bottle is double wall insulated and contains a reusable ice stick. He loved that his water stayed cold for much longer the next day. Little did he know that with this simple switch we saved 18 plastic bottles out of the trash each week. That’s 936 plastic bottles a year! Plus, did you know that it takes 1.85 gallons of water to manufacture the plastics for the average commercial bottled water? Saving money, plastic, and water – score!
Last year my daughter and I planted our first garden. She loved watching the flowers grow and watering them each day. So I decided to appeal to that side of her. Instead of buying our favorite herbs like parsley, basil and cilantro we decided to grow them in our kitchen windowsill. So I bought some infant plants at our local garden center. We turned it into a fun project by decorating plain clay plots with paint and stickers. Now each day she is responsible for watering the plants. Growing the herbs is easy and by saving plastic and water, we’re rewarded with fresh ingredients in our meals.
Finally, I put a 20oz plastic bottle (filled with water and sealed) in our toilet tank. The average person flushes their toiled 5 times a day. Multiply that by three people in our house and that’s 15 flushes, or 45 gallons or water each day. By displacing 20oz of water with each flush we saved 109,500 oz (or 800 gallons) of water each year. Even better, we don’t even have to think about it.
In what ways are you trying to reduce waste? If you aren’t, would you use these tips?
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