So much of wasting less comes down to routine. It’s about being organised, building habits and getting the people around you more familiar to your wacky green ways. My routine has definitely slipped a little lately, but is essentially made up of a few small changes to daily life to decrease waste.
The latte glass
Most friends are used to seeing me with a double walled latte glass at every caffeine opportunity. The upside? Saving disposable cups clogging up landfill and the taste is much better than sipping from a plastic lid. The downside? Remembering to wash and rinse out my glass after each use and the occasional drops of spilt coffee in my bag. Overall, it was simply changing my thought process in the morning to add “grab cup” to my normal morning routine. Now it’s “phone, keys, Myki, wallet, scarf, drink bottle, latte glass”.
The lunch kit
My wonderful fiance – the Chippy – bought me a set of cutlery that I keep in my handbag, along with a handkerchief, metal straw all in a calico drawstring bag I sewed up. This kit has saved me from disposable things – although I often have to remember to politely refuse the automatic handover of disposables. I’m still struggling with bars/restaurants that automatically drop a plastic straw in my glass. Why does everyone assume women can’t sip from a glass?
The spare handkerchief
I have an endless supply of white handkerchiefs monogrammed with the days of the week. I’m not an overly organised person, despite my best intentions, so the days almost never match up. But this handkerchief comes in awfully handy for numerous things – sneezes, spills, small cuts, as a serviette, to wrap up fruit peel before I can bring it home to compost – the uses are endless!
A reusable bag
This one is the hardest for me to maintain, but I’m working on it daily. Keeping a cotton bag or drawstring bag in my handbag is obviously a great chance to avoid the plastic bag. I’m frequently failing, but each day is a new chance to try and do better.
These aren’t all the things I do, but they’re definitely on my daily list. I’m planning on creating an area that will contain all the tips I’ve picked up along the way. Which can be surprisingly a lot. I often forget how many random thing the Chippy and I now do that seems so normal for us. Looking forward to sharing.