“It’s not about cleaning” – one change at a time. We can do our part to make this world a better place. The more people care and make the right choices, the more governments and corporations have to feel the pressure to adapt.
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Eat / drink out
Material goods (circular economy)
USE A REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLE
Always have your water bottle with you, so you can refill it in water sources.
Did you know, it takes 5,3 liters of water to produce 1 single use water bottle? (footprint.org) Moreover, multiple comparison studies have shown that the carbon footprint of tap water is about 1/300 compared to bottled water (Botto, 2009). Impressive! Apart from plastic pollution and microplastics found in water, it would be enough reason for a refillable water bottle. Make sure it’s not mainly out of plastic.
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TAKE BAGS FOR GROCERIES
Having always a bag with you doesn’t take space and can make a huge difference.
TAKE A VESSEL FOR FOOD
For take-away, restaurant leftovers, butchery, charcuterie, cheese…
REUSE PLASTIC / PAPER BAGS
BUY IN BULK
Buying in bulk doesn’t only permit you to pick exactly the quantity you need, but it can also save useless packaging.
Check out this website that reunites the places all over Portugal, where you can buy in bulk: agranel.pt
BUY LOCAL FOOD
BUY SEASONAL FRUITS & VEGETABLES
BUY FROM TRANSPARENT & RESPONSIBLE PRODUCERS
REDUCE YOUR FOOD WASTE
COMPOST YOUR ORGANIC WASTE
REDUCE MEAT CONSUMPTION
EAT / DRINK OUT
CHOOSE NATURAL JUICES INSTEAD OF SOFT DRINKS
Sustainability is expensive? No, it is cheaper and healthier. Take a lemon and squeeze it in water. Make your own cold teas or juices and place them in the fridge in reused glass jars!
TAKE YOUR REFILLABLE CUP
Take your own cup for the night out! Parties, festivals are not the same without your bestie cup
REFUSE UNNECESSARY DISPOSABLES
Refuse exceeding napkins/straws/other items offered in cafés/restaurants (or use it well afterwards) and ask for solutions for disposable items (ex: sauses, sugar…)