The reduction of plastic waste and pollution worries more and more people every day. Of course, we must not only reduce our plastic footprint, but we must try to reduce waste in all its sizes and shapes. The amount of waste produced by developed countries is not sustainable in the medium term.
Tips and tricks to help you reduce waste.
1. BYO (Bring your own).
We all know we should bring our own bag to the grocery store, but how about bringing your own container? We must promote the habit of carrying a “zero waste kit” everywhere, so as not to generate waste when we are far from home. It should contain essential items such as duffel bags, utensils, cup holders and cloth napkins. Reusable items are essential for a waste-free lifestyle.
2. The “three Rs” are not only recommended, they are mandatory.
“Reduce recycling of reuse“This is the key. For example, switching to a reusable water bottle will help you stop buying single-use plastic bottles. Almost all beverage bottles are made from virgin petroleum-based plastic. not recycled material.The vast majority end up in landfills, oceans or other bodies of water, where they never degrade, but break down into smaller and smaller pieces, causing irreparable damage to the environment and wildlife.
However, recycling this disposable bottle is not the best solution either. Recycling itself is an energy-intensive process and also results in emissions. And, in case you haven’t heard it, China no longer accepts recyclables from the world, leaving recycling centers with growing mountains of waste these days. We just have to find ways to buy less and use less.
I would like to add two more rs to the list:
Reject it. This R is probably more crucial than “Reduce”. For example, you don’t need this paper or plastic bag at the time of purchase; say “no straw”; refuse to buy things that come in unnecessary packaging.
Repair. When your clothes break or your electronics don’t work, try fixing them instead of buying a new one. In Sweden, they know how to promote it.
If I had to recommend one ‘must have’ tool for the home, it would be a high speed blender. I use it to make smoothies, nut milk, soups, sauces, and flours. Of course, home-cooked foods are often healthier and cheaper, but that also means I don’t have to buy these items individually at the store, which cuts down on unnecessary packaging.
Many everyday products and cosmetics can be made at home. Take a look at the blog “The trash is for launchers”From Lauren Singer and her channel Youtube. Singer – which can hold four years of waste in one jar – teaches you how to make your own toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, and more.
Is there anything you eat a lot that you can do at home? You can grow food easily. I know, I know, you don’t always have the time or the will to tinker. But if anything, it’s a big saving.
4. Look for versatile, durable, giant, or family-sized items.
Bulk buy what you use the most, like non-perishable foods, detergents, olive oil, toilet paper, etc. In addition, the best products have multiple uses, such as Castile soap. A few drops can go a long way in making soap, shampoo, all-purpose cleanser, and even fruit wash. Try to buy the larger version, which lasts for months. Vinegar, baking soda, lemons… you won’t believe all you can make of them.
5. Think locally.
Is there a farmer’s market near you? Or a purchasing group that you can join? Is there a zero waste store near you? Not only are you supporting the farmers in the community, but the food travels less miles and often arrives without or with much less packaging.
6. Catalog your waste footprint.
The most important step, in fact, is to take an honest look at what you’re throwing away. Have you been throwing out a lot of food lately? Try making broth from your leftover vegetables or start composting your leftover fruits and vegetables. Does your car use a lot of gasoline? Consider using public transportation if available, or invest in an electric bike for shorter distances. Do you have or buy a lot of clothes? Try on second-hand clothes or sell or give away what you no longer wear. The point is, there is almost always a greener option.
Keep in mind that reducing your waste won’t change your life overnight, but it’s important to make an effort. The planet will thank you.