How Can We Reduce Waste?
If you feel guilty about the amount of garbage that your household produces, you might just be unconsciously doing some things that add to your total household waste output. To help you make a positive change to the environment and contribute to its betterment, consider doing the following:
Buy products with very minimal packaging
When you’re out grocery shopping, choose food items that have little to no packaging, like fresh fruits and vegetables. If you’re going to buy meat, have the butcher wrap it in good old butcher’s paper instead of a plastic container. In addition, buy other items, like toilet paper and cereal, in bulk to reduce individual packaging.
Invest in reusable containers
Instead of buying portion-sized packs of food, like pasta, rice, cereal, oatmeal, and so on, buy them in large quantities and store them in thick plastic or glass reusable containers to keep them fresh for longer. Also, rather than using single-use plastic sandwich bags, go get those washable and reusable silicone storage bags.
Stop using single-use plastic bags
Go for reusable shopping bags, instead. If your kitchen drawer is overflowing with single-use plastic bags that usually just get thrown away after a couple of months or so, go get some of those large reusable grocery bags. They hold a lot more stuff, and they don’t rip apart at the bottom like flimsy plastic or paper bags.
Instead of buying bottled water, get a water filter
How many plastic water bottles do you throw out every week? Even a single bottle is already too many. Stop buying bottled water and invest in a good water filter. You will always stay hydrated and stop adding junk in landfills. Moreover, purchase good quality water bottles that you can refill whenever you need to.
Start planning your meals for the week
You will save a lot of food when you have a weekly meal plan. It will make sure that you will be using all of the stuff that you bought from the grocery. Most people are guilty of forgetting food in their refrigerators until they go bad. Having a meal plan will ensure that none of your food goes to waste.
Create a compost pit
If you have a garden or plan on having one, set aside a portion of your yard for a compost pit. Throw in any table scraps, vegetable and fruit peels, and other biodegradable stuff in your kitchen into the pit. In just a few weeks, you will have a good supply of natural fertilizer for your garden.
The tips in this article are so simple that you will not have problems doing them. Despite their simplicity, they have major contributions when it comes to reducing waste significantly.