There’s no question, we live in a wasteful society. From plastic bags, straws, take-away containers, not to mention the copious amounts of food waste.
Our landfills are over loaded, our cities and oceans are littered with rubbish, birds and marine animals are dying from plastic pollution. Statistics say that only 9% of plastics actually make it to the recycling plant, the remainder is likely sitting in the landfill.
So how can we as an individual make a positive difference in terms of waste?
As you may know, one-time use plastics are slowly being replaced with bio-degradables which is finally a step forward. But there are many things you can incorporate in your every day routine to reduce your household waste even further.
- Reusable bags. Continue to bring paper, fabric, or any reusable bag while shopping. The stores are still shelling out plastic but you can refuse this by bringing your own.
- Reusable produce bags. Instead of putting your fresh produce in the clear plastic, you can bring your own mesh bags instead.
- Reusable food wrap. Instead of covering food and containers with plastic or foil wrap, opt for beeswax wraps. This are fabric pieces coated with beeswax. The wraps will mold over any container, sealing it, and can be used over and over for many months. You can buy these, or easily make them yourself.
- Composting. If you currently throw your food waste in the garbage, try composting it instead. Composting breaks down the food and turns it into soil, which can be used for gardening.
- Switch to bamboo. Bamboo is a sustainable source and can be made into many products such as cutlery and straws. Instead of using plastic throwaways, carry a set of your reusable bamboo utensils in your lunch bag.
- Glassware. Back in the day before plastics, glass was the packaging of choice for baby bottles, milk bottles, and jars. Glass is making a comeback for it’s ability to be cleaned and sanitized with ease. Glass can be reused over and over, and is a clear choice over plastics.
- Steel. Stainless steel is another great choice for food containers, water bottles, cutlery, and drinking straws. Easy to clean, dishwasher safe, and can be used over and over.
- Refill your own. If you get your daily coffee from a coffee shop, bring your own cup. Coffee shops are happy to fill your travel mug instead of their throwaway cup. Visit a refillery for your bath and body products. Just bring a container and fill!
We’d love to hear your waste-free ideas. Feel free to share them with us.