Small Changes for a Big Difference

Small Changes for a Big Difference


Ok, that was dramatic. But climate change is impacting our lives and our earth more drastically as the days go by. And how we handle each day becomes more imperative in terms of how we are taking care of our environment. 

The changes happening to our environment are…daunting, to say the least. And it’s a bit intimidating about all the changes we need to make in order to reduce the impacts of climate change. We have all grown up in a particular way and completely upending our lives to live one of those no waste/zero plastic/ forager lifestyles is unrealistic. By making small changes to our daily routine, we can be making a huge difference helping the environment by reducing our carbon footprint.

WonderSip was started to make that small change easier. With our straws, you can reuse them for whatever you want and you can save water with how easy they are to clean. Just snap it open and clean. Easy peasy! Switching from single use plastic straws to reusable is a step that can impact our environment greatly. A small but mighty change. 

Recycling is not a new concept but it can get complicated in terms of what is considered recyclable and what is not. Essentially, only secondary materials. That would be glass, metal, paper and plastic. Yes, glass and metal are also recyclable! These days, lots of companies have a little imprint on their products that show whether you can recycle which makes your life easier.

Remember when Katy Perry said, “do you ever feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind?” Ok, so we don’t want that. Switching to reusable bags for all your grocery excursions will make a huge difference in reducing single use plastic waste. Bringing cloth bags are not only more sustainable but they are much sturdier than plastic bags. A lot of companies now have recyclable plastic bags too. All you need to do is ask! These are perfect for impromptu trash bags, a bag to put shoes in for traveling, etc. Then when you’re done, toss those babies in the recycling bin. Of course, cloth bags however can go a much longer way. 

Carrying a water bottle is perhaps my favorite. You don’t need to be buying plastic water bottles! Plastic water bottles are no good. They take way too long to decompose and they aren't even that beneficial to us most of the time. Carrying a water bottle is not only convenient but it allows us to drink more water because it's always there. We don’t have to go out of our way to walk into a store and buy a plastic bottle. If we are always carrying a reusable water bottle, we are not only helping the environment but also helping our own bodies. Double win!

Carpooling is a great alternative to drive by yourself. One…it’s better for the environment cause you're reducing gas emissions. Two…you save money cause gas prices are absolutely ridiculous. Three…you get to have fun with your friends. Going to a party? Get your friends together and all drive together! The party will start much earlier. Live near a co-worker? Go to work together! You’ll get some company and help the environment.

We, especially in America, live a life of excess. And it comes to the point where we should consistently ask ourselves, “do we really need that?” I can guarantee you that most of the time the answer will be “no”. Marie Kondo wasn’t kidding when she asked if a specific item brings joy! If something is in your home that you haven't had any need for, take time out of your day and get rid of it. The best way would be to donate it. Just because it doesn’t spark any joy for you doesn’t mean it won’t for someone else. 

Do you really need the air conditioner blasting at all times? Of course, this bit is entirely dependent on the season and where you live. But you can save a lot of money and energy by taking advantage of those pleasant days. Open the windows, enjoy the fresh air. Especially in the Springtime, with the sun out, bird chirping, wind blowing. It’ll reduce energy consumption, your bills and make your day a little bit more pleasant.

Phew, now that was a lot. But I digress. Making small changes to your daily routine can make a huge difference in saving the environment. You don’t need to completely change your life to make a difference. Switching from single use plastic straws to reusable like our WonderSip Straws; recycling; using cloth bags instead of plastic; reusable water bottles; carpooling; and donating all make a significant difference. And they don’t take that much time and effort from you and your day to day activities.