How to Make It a Habit
According to people who commonly use reusables, it takes a month at most to make bringing reusables with you a habit. Here are some tips they have for making it is easier to remember:
Set an alarm for a few minutes before you leave so you remember to grab them on your way out.
Write yourself a note and keep it by your door.
Put your reusables in your bag immediately after washing them.
Is there a daily routine you already do that you could tie this new habit to? For example, if you do a "wallet, phone, keys" mental check when you head out, add "reusables" to your mantra. Or if you want to bring your reusable with you when you go out in the morning, keep it next to where you return your toothbrush each morning.
Keep extras in your bag/vehicle.
Remember that building new habits takes time. If you forget at the start, that is OK, just try again! Stick with it for a few weeks in a row, and it will become a routine you barely need to think about!
Take charge of your personal health and reduce your waste on campus by bringing your own reusable utensils. Not only is using reusable serving ware during COVID-19 just as safe as using disposables, but bringing your own reusable utensils allows you to know where they are coming from while reducing the amount of waste you produce. Bring your own reusable utensils with you whenever you may be buying food, both on and off-campus.
Join the pledge
As you might have noticed with other habits in your life, it can take some time to develop them, even if you are dedicated to implementing them into your life. Studies show that in order to fully develop a new habit, we need a few reminders. To help with this, we created a texting service that will text you once a week for just a couple of weeks. Pledge to make your own utensil kit and sign-up for our reminders here.
make your own
Step 1: Place your choice of utensils (plus a reusable straw if you desire) diagonally on a napkin/cloth (scrap pieces of fabric or a bandana work great too), leaving about a third of the napkin showing at the bottom. Fold the bottom and top corners over the cutlery.
Step 2: Fold the right side of the napkin over the cutlery, then fold the left side of the napkin over the cutlery and tuck under.
Step 3: Secure the bundle about halfway down with string or rubberband.
Resources in Corvallis
Check out these links below to discover places in Corvallis where you might be able to purchase supplies for making your DIY utensil kit, or where you could purchase a pre-made one: