3 simple tips to reduce your waste is not about losing weight its about losing waste. Like so many people out there my focus has always been on recycling and reusing but after watching a documentary ‘Trashed’ last night I have realised that the solution is sought by not creating the problem in the first place. It makes sense really. If we don’t create the waste in the first place we don’t need to recycle it.
By understanding the horrible side-effects to human health created by various methods of getting rid of our waste, landfill and incineration, you will start to really think about how urgent it is that we do something about this problem so our kids aren’t left with a massive task of cleaning up.
In the documentary there was a family of 3 that only produced 1 shopping bag full of waste per year that was not able to be recycled, reused or composted! Compared to the bin load of rubbish destined for landfill that most households go through EACH WEEK this is an amazing achievement.
I want to show you 3 simple tips to reduce your waste so that we can begin our journey into a sustainable future.
1. Say no to plastic bags
This is probably the easiest one to implement because all you need to do is buy some reusable bags and remember to keep them in your bag/car/pram/bike or where ever you need to. Plastic bags are filling up our oceans, killing our animals and even affect our hormones. Crazy right! I was appalled to be out shopping the other day to find that even when I purchased 1 item the attendant immediately put it in a large plastic bag. When I declined the bag, I received a shocked look. We need more people on board with this step. More people to say no to plastic bags.
2. Purchase fresh foods
This one is great for 2 reasons. First, you will be eating foods that truly nourishes your body. Secondly, you aren’t buying all of the boxes and plastics that are associated with packaged foods. This one is a little more difficult as a lot of fruit and vegetables are starting to come wrapped in plastic. If you can’t get your fruit and veg from a farmers market or green grocer you could just purchase loose items and place into your own reusable bags. This will take some time to consistently break your habit but this tip will remarkably reduce your waste.
Did you know that MILLIONS of disposable cups are used every week? When you go and grab that coffee/tea/smoothie in a disposable cup, it gets thrown away and is rarely recycled. Why not bring your own? You could have a travel mug in your car to take with you when going for a take-away hot drink, or a drink bottle for your take-away smoothie. Don’t forget to keep a set of cutlery somewhere handy when eating out. Just think of how many plastic knives and forks could be saved if we took our own? This tip is probably the hardest to implement as it does take some organisation and remembering! You can save a lot of waste with this one.
The key to reducing your waste is to be organised. It will take some time to implement these tips into your life because changing a habit does take time. Our disposable society is so used to throwing things away after one use. Lets change this and start making some amazing changes to our environment.
I would love to hear your tips that you use below.
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