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Why We Should Still Focus On Our Recycling Efforts

Why We Should Still Focus On Our Recycling Efforts

We are in Month Six of the Coronavirus.

Before COVID-19, America was in full gear to switch to reusable products & ban/limit most single-use items. We were fully focused on the importance of recycling & reusable products. All the hard work that thousands of individuals have put their time into tackling this issue has almost vanished. Of course, our health is a priority & in the beginning, no one was sure of how we could contract the virus. Now that we are in Month Six of COVID-19, we need to re-focus on the importance of recycling.

When Coronavirus first hit, millions of gloves, masks & hand sanitizer bottles were being thrown away daily! And if you remember, many of these necessary items were being thrown on the ground, left in shopping carts, in parking lots & so on.

Imagine this, a study that was done in the UK estimated that if every person used a single face mask a day for one year, it would create an additional 66,000 tons of waste! So, what can we do to help reduce our waste? Check out our tips below.

The Importance of Recycling

We need to continue recycling & reusing items to help better the earth. The items listed below are not sponsored in any way. You can choose whichever product works best for you & your budget.

  1. Use a reusable water bottle. By switching to a reusable bottle, you are essentially saving 1,460 plastic bottles per year!
  2. Get a water filter for your sink. This can save you money in the long run since you don’t have to spend extra money on water bottles. Many are sold on Amazon for under $30. Click here to check them out.
  3. Buy reusable Tupperware (glass preferably.) Plastic containers do work well & can be BPA Free. Over time, however, they will start to warp.
  4. Bring reusable produce bags to the grocery stores. I personally like Net Zero as they are easy to use. Plus, if they get dirty, throw them in the wash for a quick clean & then air dry.
  5. When you are grocery shopping, don’t buy the salads or other food items that are wrapped in plastic film. Purchase salads that are in plastic containers as those can be recycled.
  6. Wash your clothes in cold, tap water. Washing in cold water is just as effective as you would hot water. If you are still concerned about bacteria, Lysol came out with a sanitizer wash to use. Plus, you will also save money by using cold water.
    1. When drying your clothes, lay them out on a rack to dry if you have space. Your clothes will last longer as well.
  7. Most of us are on vitamins & supplements to help support our immune systems. Choose bottles that are recyclable. Look for the #2 HDPE sign which is the safest & most commonly recycled plastic. All of our supplements here at ND Labs are recyclable. Do your part to better yourself & the environment at the same time. Want to take supplements but not sure which is best for you? Check out our line of supplements here.

A Note From ND Labs, Inc.

We know that the world is ever-changing, especially with COVID. I know many of us are taking every measure possible to stay safe & healthy. But, keep in mind that mother earth is struggling too. It is important to keep up all the great efforts that were put into the Zero Waste Movement. Every item that you use and recycle does make a big difference.

Additional Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/09/covid-19-plastic-bans-california-new-york

https://www.greenmatters.com/p/plastic-free-july#:~:text=The%20zero%2Dwaste%20movement%20goes,consumption%20of%20single%2Duse%20plastic.

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