Sustainability, Tips & Techniques

5 ways to cut back on waste this Earth Day

Making your own cleaning supplies is a great place to start.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Apr 21, 2022

With Earth Day approaching (tomorrow, April 22), we’ve been thinking about ways to minimize our carbon footprint and live a more eco-conscious lifestyle. Of course, there are loads of ways to do this in terms of clothing, skin care, food choices, etc. But sometimes, the amount of information out there can make things a little intimidating and overwhelming. And when things are too scary to approach, they’re not achievable. At ULTRA, we want you to succeed in everything you set out to do. So, here’s 5 simple steps and small ways to cut back on waste and protect planet Earth.

 

Say goodbye to plastic

One of the easiest things you can do to take back your waste is to limit plastic in your homes. This could involve less plastic forks, knives, spoons, containers, hair bottles—everything. It’s time to go on a plastic detox. Make little changes, like using real silverware over disposable utensils, and reusable glass containers instead of plastic Tupperware. If you order takeout, deselect the plasticware option. (That’s a thing).

 

Invest in your own coffee mug and refillable water bottle

My refillable water bottle comes with me everywhere — on walks, to the office, on errands, when traveling, and from room to room so I never need to purchase a bottle of water or worry about my water intake. The same goes for coffee mugs. Also, some coffee shops even give you a discount on coffee when you bring your own mug. Any little bit helps.

 

DIY your cleaning supplies

It might sound like a lot of work, but it’s actually more simple than you think, and is of course, better for the environment. You can create your own body scrub and lip scrubs, so why not cleaning supplies? It’s less expensive and a great way to add exactly what you want to a dish soap. You can even utilize your favorite essential oil to make your own laundry detergent.

 

Purchase a metal straw

You’ll seldom find a restaurant that still uses plastic straws. That’s because they are so bad for you. If you do happen to step into a restaurant or coffee shop that uses plastic straws, make sure to pull out your metal straw. They can easily be reused and washed again for more use. Plus, they usually come in eco-friendly containers, so you don’t have to worry about them getting dirty in transit.

 

Consider going digital over printing paper

Step outside of the traditional way of things and go digital. It will cut down on paper waste and be easier to sort things out with less clutter. You’d be surprised at how many things can be accessed digitally nowadays. For instance, have you ever scanned a document with your phone’s camera? It’s a lifesaver.

 

Wanna know how scary climate change is? There’s actually a countdown clock to Earth’s destruction.