Zero Waste Challenge #23: Encourage Others

And so we end where we began: encourage others. The challenge I undertook to share covered 31 days, but since I condensed some of the tips, it resulted in fewer days and posts. I hoped to share the tips and tricks in the Earth Hero Zero Waste Challenge by giving examples from my own life; while I’ve done that, I’ve learnt things on the way as well.

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Zero Waste Challenge #22: Collect Trash

Pick up trash, join a clean-up, and don’t litter! Having trash floating down the street, snagging in a bush, or flapping in the wind doesn’t just make the world look bad: it also reduces air quality, pollutes waterways, and adversely affects soil. Animals on land and in water may mistake trash for food, affecting their eating habits and eventually killing them.

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Zero Waste Challenge #20: Refuse Samples and Freebies

Samples and freebies are touch and go. I’ve received a gift bag or three in the past with a collection of the useful, the useless, and the unusual. Regardless of what’s inside, accept it; who knows what will happen to the items if you don’t.

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Zero Waste Challenge #19: Create a Zero Waste Bag

Looking back at the tips and tricks, there have been many reusable items listed. Keep a collection of these in your zero-waste bag and be prepared as you refuse single-use straws, plastic forks, and throwaway cups in favour of options like reusable utensil sets, cups, water bottles, and straws.

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Zero Waste Challenge #18: Work From Home

Work from home. Work from home. Work from home. The tip in the Earth Hero challenge was “bring zero waste to work”, but I’ve been working from home for a year now and my carbon footprint has decreased GREATLY. I’d love to know by how much because the amount of emissions and waste I’ve cut down on since not having to be in the office must be massive.

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