Many of us understand that the world has to change. With global warming, we all need to think about transitioning to a better, greener way of doing things. While it is important to look at the big picture, we can all individually make a difference by being more mindful of the way we do things everyday – like how we get to work, and the decisions that we make along the way.
Bring Your Own Bottle or Glass
If you usually go through disposable plastic water bottles, go greener by choosing to take your own bottle with you – to reduce plastic waste and be kinder to the environment. Even if your office provides paper cups, reducing usage of paper helps conserve resources and keep even compostable garbage out of the system. Also you get to save trees!
Most offices have a water cooler. You can fill up your glass, or metal or BPA-free plastic reusable bottle throughout the day and score an added walking break to boot. Good for the environment and your waistline. Short rest breaks are also good for productivity.
You can amplify the green-ness by bringing your own coffee mug too. If the office coffee is not your favorite, many coffee shops will give you discounts if you bring your own container. Starbucks will give you 10 cents back if you bring your own cup!
Sustainable Travel Options
Every journey – including the one we take towards sustainability – begins with a single step. Getting to work under our own steam is a greener way to go. You could walk to work, bike, or hop on a kick scooter and get there all the faster, without having to contend with all the traffic and parking issues.
Choose Sustainable Food Options
After gliding along on a kick scooter, you may have worked up an appetite for breakfast. Choose local, organic options to take another great step towards wellness and a more sustainable way of life. Local food is fresher, healthier, and tastes better, because it spends less time in transit from farm to plate, and therefore, loses fewer nutrients and incurs less spoilage. Many cafes and eateries in urban areas source local and organic.
Since we are now fully into spring, even areas with colder winter weather are likely to have delicious local produce on offer. If you want to make an impact your taste buds will thank you for, head to the local farmer’s market and support your local community. You might even be able to kick scooter there! Don’t forget the backpack or Xootr CrossRack to bring back your purchases!