A huge topic of conversation in today’s society is “sustainability”, which basically means having ways to ensure that people can live on earth well into the future. The most popular question being asked is “how do I live more sustainably?” There are many things that we may not realize we are doing in our everyday life that over time can lead to negative environmental effects but this can be changed. Remember, it’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey. So let’s move towards a sustainable tomorrow, one step at a time!
Here are a few easy ways you can start your sustainability journey:
- Be Water Conscious
Our earth has a limited amount of freshwater supply. Make sure your sinks and showers are turned all the way off after use. According to the EPA there is an estimated 3,000 gallons of water per household wasted a year just from leaky faucets. Being water conscious can also mean taking shorter showers or reducing how much water you use when washing dishes.
- Grow Your Own Foods
Starting your own garden not only helps you know what you are eating but it also helps reduce the environmental effects that chemical farming has on our earth, which we absolutely do not support. The David Suzuki Foundation states that chemical farming includes things like synthetic pesticides and fertilizers that create greenhouse gasses when manufactured and transported.
- Start Composting
Composting is a great way to reuse all of your food waste that would normally be thrown in the trash. When organic materials are broken down, they become a great fertilizer for plants to get the nutrients they need. When put into landfills, organic waste creates methane and potent greenhouse gas but as mentioned by the EPA, composting significantly reduces methane emissions.
- Learn Your Trash Rules
Depending on what state you live in and where you live within that state, different materials can or can not be recycled. It is important that you learn what the rules for your area are so that you are disposing of your products correctly. Type your zip code into this link and find your local recycling rules, https://berecycled.org/.
While you discover your sustainable lifestyle, SOBA Hibiscus can help. After you are done enjoying your refreshing tea, you might want to know that our teas are packaged in glass bottles and the caps are made out of recyclable plastic. Depending on your local rules, you can either put the whole bottle into the recycling bin or separate the bottle and cap. Another option for your empty SOBA bottles can be simply be repurposing. Whether that's using your SOBA Hibiscus glass bottles as your new sustainable water bottle or a new home to house your plants. Lastly, our SOBA bottles have the 5 cent marker on them meaning you can turn it in for some money.
Start your sustainable journey one step at a time!
Above all, it's what's inside that matters.
By Kelli Kamphaus and SOBA Team