Our single-use items aren't helping the fight against climate change but there are easy hacks to reduce and reuse.
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Great video! It is also possible to bring your own tupperware and reusable coffee cups. Sometimes I get frowned upon doing this, but other times I get applauded and even recieve discounts or a free gift!
I make my own lunch and have breakfast at home :p but I buy at least 1 water bottle a day... There is no filtered water refill point where I live (and i think the whole country doesn't know about it) do you have any idea how to work around this problem?
Ps: the tap water taste really bad :/
at my university, they just stopped selling water bottles so if people want to drink water, they have to drink from the water fountain or bring their reusable water bottles. Plus the water bottle filling stations actually counts the number of bottles saved by using reusable ones and I think it is really cool to see how big of an impact filling your own bottle has.
My high school instituted the first composting system in my school system as a pilot program last year, and have since been expanding it across the district to other high schools. It was really tricky at first, but our environmental club has helped a lot. Recently the district switched to paper and/or cardboard trays, and don't package most meals. We installed a water bottle filling station in the cafeteria, and many of our students carry reusable water bottles out of sheer convenience. Though it isn't a perfect system, there's still far more plastic packaging than we as a school ever need, and the composting system is still young, it's shown a remarkable improvement. I'm really proud of my school and their club, which was the one that brought it to the district as a potential to save money.
I will try to replicate this project at my university. Is there a way I can recieve somekind of help for this?? I need information about costs and the lifetime of the reusable toppers? or how can I get that info??
In my country, indonesia, it's really hard to stick to the "reuse" habit. I always bring my reusable bottle when i go to campus but ended up to buy another plastic bottled water because there's no "free water refill" thing here.
Hi Vox! I really enjoy this series and think it's absolutely necessary and helpful. Do you think that you can explain the link between large corporations and climate change? I've noticed that a lot of your videos focus on the average person, and I'm interested in learning more about the energy usage and waste of these companies and how I as a consumer can help make a difference. I've heard things here and there and want to learn more!
In my country, deliverymen brings food on porcelain plate into our house, and when we're done eating we put the plate before our door for them to collect. Pretty laborious overall but generates less waste.
What about all the consumer items that are sold in shops, they all come packed in plastic. The takeout waste is only a small part of all the plastic used in factories to package items. They should be the one to use more environment friendly packaging because they mass produce those stuff.
I'm an environmental science and policy graduate from UMD and I can't express how much I wish my school thought about waste in this way. I should go to Irvine
Also thank you thank you for putting this all so concisely into one video. I always want to explain this to friends, cool if you recycle but it's so important to reduce consumption.
Wow, your video is impressive, not like with other youtubers who just put a bunch of boring pictures and almost 80% of a 15mins video is composed of their talking faces which makes it soooo boring to watch.
Also: dont buy coffee to go
Make it at home and bring it in a thermos
Way creaper in the long run and you dont have to deal with places where they dont accept reusable cups
(Not to mention most coffee to go is kinda nasty)
Idk how reusable lunch boxes or plates seem like a revelation to students in American universities. In India all colleges have had reusable plates and packages in cafeterias or dormitories for students for decades. It’s so common that I didn’t even think about it until you guys mentioned it. Damn. India be eco-friendly
I love this cleaner living stuff, but attempting to fear monger by hijacking natural climate change mechanisms is a bit scamy.
How do you expect to gain peoples trust and push back on profit hungry dirty corporations when you yourself can't even lie straight in bed, making the whole thing no more honest then some fat cats scheme to expand their bottom line?
Makes me wonder if you're just enforcing yet another disaster capitlism scheme
Fight lies with more lies, but the only people you are tricking are the least intelligent.
This is fantastic. I've never been able to come up with a good idea on what to do with takeout food bc you always have the problem of having to return or pay for the container. Although I would like to see the button for grub hub and seamless say yes I would like to have napkins etc bc it's gonna help even more if ppl actually have to go out of their way to get it, just like if you don't hand it to them in a store unless they ask for it. Great video! Really inspiring!
At my smaller school, we added the water bottle filling stations. They have been about 5000 times in just a year. I think making this addition on a larger scale could really effect the amount of plastic water bottles used.
Not even what Sibil says.. it's as simple as, if you don't get a plastic back, the company still has this plastic back, if a 1000 people don't ask for a plastic bag that month they will have a 1000 bags left over, they will order a 1000 bags less for the next month. Plastic doesn't go bad so this argument makes no sense. If you don't ask for the bag, it can literally still be used for years, so it will directly reduce the amount a company buys.
I have a lot of collapsible items that I can carry with me - reusable bags, a watercolor that folds up when it's empty, and a Tupperware that flattens. I carry these things with me everywhere, and they don't take up as much space, and they ensure that I don't have to take away a lot more trash. It's also helped me reconsider some of my purchases, choosing items that are not individually wrapped or to reconsider sitting down at restaurants and cafes to eat my food. A lot of places have washable cutlery, plates, and glasses for people who want to stick around.
It's all "I want re-usable, I'm saving the Earth" until you find out that they haven't actually been WASHING the reusable containers properly, because THAT'S WHY non-reusable were invented in the first place!
The only option is to trust yourself and your own washing. Bring your own reusables everywhere you go. How do you know that non-reusables are clean? They might have sawdust or tiny particles or other micro-byproducts from the factories they were made.
I’d be more interested in the checkbox if it was direct. When they add “I’m trying to save the earth” or when the guy at the bar says “we’re not trying to murder the penguins”, it just makes me mad.
Stop trying to guilt trip people. Just be real. Do you need it? Here it is. Do you NOT need it? No problem, we won’t bother you with it.
It’s so condescending, and makes it less about the actual cause and more about people patting themselves and each other on the back.
In India , a few states have implemented plastic ban ,
This has forced restaurants to utilise alternatives , such as cloth bags in place of plastic bags and hence consumers get their own bags to avoid paying the extra buck for those bags
Western 'recycling' has been a big fat myth so far, when the majority of that trash is being exported to places like China and Thailand where it has been destroying their environment. Now those countries are saying "no thanks" and the trash is piling up here in the West. We need real solutions to the trash, not out of sight out of mind / let the developing countries deal with the problems we create.
Best to just avoid fast food like the plague but once in a while it is a handy solution if in a big hurry ...BUT when the mental midget filling your order tries to heap more ketchup and whatever than ANYONE in their right mind would even begin use? Shove the excess back at them and say "REALLY? You REALLY think people want 20 ketchup packets for 2 small order of fries???? REALLY??"
Financially incentivized means of reducing waste are what people need to be encouraged to reduce waste. For example, most people have their own personal water bottle in order to avoid spending money on water constantly and take advantage of the free water bottle filling stations around them. Similar things need to happen to encourage large scale reduction of waste.
In my town plastic containers are mostly banned. (Except water bottles and plastic covers for cups to go) the food containers are made of cardboard, plastic bags and straws are banned, and in the market you are forced to use either paper bags, eco bags, (bags made of some kind of cloth) or whatever bag you brought.
Tbh whenever I go to another town and see a straw or plastic bag, I kinda tear up in nostalgia lol.
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