In addition to recycling and properly disposing of waste, did you know you can save the environment by simply changing the items you use every day? By switching out your everyday items with earth-friendly alternatives, you can be sure that you are helping the environment in the long-run. Read on for some earth-friendly alternatives to everyday items – you may be surprised by what you can replace!

1. Reusable Water Bottle

Even though plastic water bottles are recyclable, many do not recycle them and 91% wind up in a landfill. This is a major issue, as water is an important commodity – it is estimated that we use about a million water bottles per minute! You have the power to significantly cut down on the amount of plastic you dispose of by simply switching to a reusable water bottle. For extra safety, choose a reusable water bottle that is BPA free. BPA is an industrial chemical that is often used in plastic and resin containers, and over time it can seep into the liquids and foods you store in them. In addition, many public spaces nowadays have a water fountain with a bottle filler attached to it – this way you will never run out of water no matter where you go with your reusable water bottle.

2. Compostable Trash Bag

Although your trash will ultimately end up at a landfill, you can still make a difference with what you use to dispose of your waste. Compostable trash bags are 100% compostable and are Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) certified – in other words, they meet the highest industry and government standard for what can successfully biodegrade. Compostable trash bags do just what they claim to do – they enable the compostable waste inside to compost naturally over time. What’s even better is that most trash bag brands sell a compostable version of their products, making it easy for you to find and switch out your regular trash bag for ones that make a difference!

3. Reusable Straws

Reusable straws have been gaining traction in recent years as more and more highly profitable companies, such as Starbucks and McDonald’s, announced that they will no longer be providing plastic straws at their locations. Instead of taking the time to fish around for a leftover paper straw elsewhere, bring a reusable straw with you! Most reusable straws are made out of stainless steel, making it easy to disinfect and wash after you use it. They are also dishwasher safe and can come in a variety of colors and sizes for your preference!

4. Reusable Grocery Bags

Reusable grocery bags are quickly becoming a mainstay option for shoppers on their weekly grocery run, but the benefits of using one must be stressed. Each year we use an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags, which takes up a lot of space in landfills. Using reusable grocery bags can cut down on the avoidable waste you create through using plastic bags at stores. Some grocery stores even sell their own reusable grocery bags or have incentives for people who bring their own!

Recycle with Cali Carting

Taking care of your environment will help Earth live on and make the world a better place to live in. At Cali Carting, we fully believe in the power of proper waste management. We offer a wide range of services at Cali Carting, from municipal garbage collection to dumpster rental services, right here in New Jersey. Call us today to discuss your needs and see how we can help you make a difference!