Do what’s right because it’s right, not just because it’s easy. Pretty simple, right? But apparently not, because we know life gets in the way and when things are easy then we’re more likely to do them. Since this is the last piece in my “Sustainability Series” I thought I’d end it short and sweet with three easy ways you can help the earth.
In Jamaica recycling is more than just separating your plastics, paper and other waste before putting them out. It’s having to find a drop-off point that’s close enough to be convenient, and convenient enough that you actually drop them off. But it’s hard, and even when you look at this list of recycling outlets that Wisynco has put together, you’ll see it’s even harder if you don’t live in an urban area.
So how do you make this work? It’s not a foolproof solution, but here are some tips that might help you reduce waste and the need to recycle, and help you on your journey to sustainability.
- Aim for zero waste. Easier said than done, I know. But, even just by thinking that way you’ll probably start acting that way. BYOB (bring your own bags) when you shop, purchase things in bulk so you go through less packaging or bring your own coffee cup to your favourite cafe. All of those little things add up and have a positive impact.
- Try composting. Got a green thumb? I don’t, plants generally seem to do better when I leave them alone, but the way HGTV breaks down composting makes it sound easy enough that even I’ve decided to give it a try so I can fertilise the few plants I have. Basically just turn your organic trash into fertiliser by adding it to dirt and letting nature take its course.
- Make your own lunches. Assuming you have a five-day work week, and you buy lunch daily, that’s five days of lunch packaging being thrown away. If you can cook, with a little effort just a couple times a week you could have delicious lunches each day without the added waste. And to be honest, I’m always way more excited to eat lunch when it’s something I’ve made, plus…it takes the hassle out of having to decide what am I going to eat today.
If you read this and suddenly decide to go zero waste that’s great and this site, Going Zero Waste, has a lot of useful tips and articles. If you don’t suddenly decide to go zero waste just try to start somewhere. I know a lot of the time I let perfect be the enemy of good, and if I can’t do something perfectly then I won’t want to do it at all, but just start somewhere. It is a process, and the more you do and the less you consume is the more you contribute to making Jamaica and the world a better place.