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Our top tips for reducing your waste...in style

1. Reduce the amount of plastic products you costume. Let’s start with the obvious…stop using plastic bags. No more excuses. Just stop. You can also start to switch out other plastics you have around the home, start with something simple like swapping your plastic toothbrush to a bamboo one.  


2. Do you drink coffee? Or tea? All of those empty, lonely, lipstick stained cups are going into landfill. It’s time that you invested in a reusable coffee cup and save the world one sip at a time. Most good cafes sell them, some even offer a discount on your coffee…that’s a double win for helping the environment and your bank account.


3. Recycle. Now you may be thinking…duh we already know this one BUT we’re not just talking about recycling your milk cartons and cereal boxes here. We’re taking it to the next level! Repurpose! How you ask? Start small…that jam jar you’re feeling great about because you just put it in the recycling bin. Take a break from patting yourself on the back. Take it out of the bin. Wash it. Repurpose and reuse it. Now you’ve got somewhere to put that open bag of nuts instead of using a plastic ziplock bag that you’re going to chuck out after one use. 

The inside of the mouth of a Leatherback Sea Turtle.

These protrusions help the turtle swallow their food, it also keeps the food from coming back out, which is why it’s so important to recycle plastic bags. Plastic bags floating in the water look a lot like jellyfish to sea turtles, and once they start eating it, it gets hooked and they are forced to swallow them.

Please do your part and recycle your plastic bags. Most groceries stores have recycle bins by the entrance.

Plastic Bag Bike Seat Cover

The other day I walked past another bike seat covered with a plastic bag, and I thought, “there has got to be a better way!"  In some ways, the plastic bag is a great solution to a sopping wet bike seat - it’s free, and it reuses an item that would otherwise be in a landfill. There are downsides, though - they tear easily, and the dangling plastic is constantly getting caught on things. I tried to maintain the spirit and advantages of the plastic bag bike seat cover by using…plastic bags. This project is still free, and still recycles. It adds strength and a clean look, and will keep your bike seat dry for a long time.