Green Living Ideas for: Bringing a reusable instead of bringing home a disposable
What It Takes: Easy/Medium – Planning Ahead
If you already own the reusable, then bring it along. If you don’t own a reusable version, then you need to consider the number of times you will use the item. Then decide if a reusable makes more sense than using a disposable. In some cases, the disposable may be the most environmentally friendly option from a climate change perspective even if it is less environmentally friendly from a landfill perspective.
When you buy a cup of coffee or a drink, bring your own mug or cup. Some coffee shops offer a 10 cent discount, if you bring your own.
When you go out to eat, bring your own container to carry home your leftovers. If you bring a container you can use to reheat the food and/or eat from then it is no more dishwashing or energy usage than if you brought food home in a disposable and transferred it to another dish for reheating and/or eating.
When you go to the store, bring your own bags. If you don’t already own reusable bags, then just reuse the ones you got at the grocery store last time. Production of the plastic bag produces less greenhouse gases, uses less water and chemicals compared to paper or cotton.1 Aldi’s has durable reusable plastic bags with handles for 10 cents each.
What You Get: Less trash to dispose of and possible discount for bringing your own.
World Benefit: Reduces greenhouse gas emissions from production of the disposables and reduces trash.
References: 1) https://cascade.uoregon.edu/fall2012/expert/expert-article/