5 Ways To Reduce Waste This Week

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Reducing waste – it’s the thing we all know we should do, but it can feel like a big challenge to tackle. Thankfully, there are some really simple things you can do to make a difference in your own life. Try a few of these this week to reduce your personal waste!

  1. Ditch plastic storage bags and containers:There has been a lot of news about plastic lately. More and more businesses are ditching plastic straws and the images of garbage, mostly plastic, washed up on shores are heartbreaking. One thing that you can do at home is ditch the Ziplocks and opt for storage containers like mason jars, reusable bags or glass storage containers. It not only reduces plastic, but also saves money in the long run as you reuse other containers.

  2. Only buy what you will eat: Nearly 50% of produce in the United States is thrown away. How depressing is that?! Reduce waste in your home by only buying what you will eat. Skip the Costco-sized bag of broccoli if you live alone, or buy it, but freeze most of it so it doesn’t go bad. Almost anything can be frozen, so skip the trash and save some cash!

  3. Limit packaging: So much of the packaging around food, especially produce, is unnecessary. The good news is that you can avoid a lot of it by bringing your own reusable produce bags (the dollar store has mesh laundry bags that work perfectly) or just skip bags all together. For food that does have packaging, try to choose items that have recyclable or compostable packaging.

  4. Use real dishes: We know, doing dishes is the worst. But paper plates, plastic cups and silverware and napkins add up and pile up! When at home, use your real dishes and silverware as much as possible to avoid producing waste. If you’re really committed, you can also toss a reusable fork into your bag for when you’re out and about [I keep this one in my purse] and the need arises.

  5. Recycle: While this one seems completely obvious, you’d be surprised by how many people don’t properly recycle. And if you do recycle, are you sure you’re putting the right waste in the right place? Give yourself a refresher by checking out your city’s website for recycling guidelines.

Looking for even more tips? Check out this blog post.