Invest in reusable straw
Plastic takes up the most space in landfills, and millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean every year. You’ve probably heard of initiatives to cut down on single use plastic bags. More recently, organizations like Plastic Ocean Project have also been encouraging people to cut down on single-use plastic straws as well. Most of us don’t require a straw to drink a beverage, but if you prefer one, there are countless options for reusable straws now; stainless steel, soft silicone, glass or bamboo.
Your fruit peels, apple cores and corn cobs don’t have to end up in the landfill. In fact, those food scraps that you toss in the trash are actually the ingredients of a lawn-boosting compost pile! Invest in a compost bin and put it in a sunny spot in your backyard. Add a mix of green and brown material—shredded newspaper, wood chips and grass clippings—as a base. Then start piling your food scraps on top. Maintaining your compost pile is pretty simple; just turn the mixture every few weeks with a pitchfork. It takes a few months for your compost pile to start yielding a crumbly, earthy soil that you can add to your garden to help your plants thrive.