Smart tips to help you declutter your life


(NC) The idea of living with less may seem difficult but it can be easier than you think. Making a change can help you be more productive and make your home a more enjoyable place. It can also benefit the environment, especially if you plan to use less disposable plastic.

Tanya Otero, volunteer engagement coordinator for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, says that too many single use plastics end up as litter on shorelines.

She recommends finding reusable alternatives to disposable plastic for everything from personal care products to cleaning supplies and groceries. “I’m not eliminating all plastic in my life, but I’m much more conscious about my purchases.

“Where I can, I’m reducing the plastics that are single use and disposable. I think before I buy, and ask myself if I really need an item or if I can buy it used or package-free.”

Otero says switching to sustainable alternatives can also help you save money while reducing the litter that can end up on shorelines and in waterways.

Here are some tips to get started:

  1. Carry a reusable water bottle. Fill up on fresh water from the tap.
  2. Bring your own mug. Choose a travel mug you love and take it wherever you go.
  3. Shop in bulk. Fill a reusable bag or jar with snacks, pastas and other items sold in bulk.
  4. Buy fresh. Choose fresh produce over packaged frozen foods and ready-made meals.
  5. Pack it. Keep a reusable shopping bag handy in your purse, backpack or car.

Find more tips online at shorelinecleanup.ca.


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