How Can We Reduce Waste?
If you feel guilty about the amount of waste your household produces, you may be unknowingly doing some things that contribute to your household’s overall waste generation. To make a positive change in the environment and contribute to its improvement, here’s what you should do:
Buy products with very minimal packaging
When you go shopping, choose foods that have little or no packaging, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. When you buy meat, have the butcher wrap it in good old butcher paper instead of plastic. Buy other items, such as toilet paper and cereal, in larger quantities 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 larger 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
Reach for reusable shopping bags instead. If your kitchen drawer is overflowing with disposable plastic bags that usually get thrown away after a few months, get some of these large reusable shopping bags. They have a larger volume and don’t tear apart at the bottom like those thin plastic or paper bags.
Instead of buying bottled water, get a water filter
How many plastic water bottles do you throw away every week? Even one bottle is too much. Stop buying bottled water and invest in a good water filter. That way you’ll stay hydrated and stop creating too much plastic bottle waste. Also, buy good quality water bottles that you can refill when needed.
Start planning your meals for the week
You’ll have less food to throw away if you have a weekly meal plan. This will ensure that you use all the food you bought at the supermarket. Most people forget food in their refrigerator until it goes bad. With a meal plan, you make sure that none of your food goes to waste.
Create a compost pit
If you have a garden or plan to start one, set aside a portion of your yard for a compost area. Throw all table scraps, vegetable and fruit peels, and other biodegradable items from your kitchen into the compost instead of the household garbage. In just a few weeks, you’ll 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.