5 Ways to Reduce Garbage
1. Consider packaging. When shopping, opt for less packaging.
- Buy fresh instead of canned
- Buy loose vs. pre-packed
- Buy bulk when you can (sugar, cookies, tea, flour)
- Make it at home! Instead of buying that (plastic) bag of fries, buy (local) potatoes and make them at home yourself.
- Shop around for the item you want with the least amount of packaging.
2. Reusable bags. Not only at the grocery store, but everywhere!
- Use mesh produce bags instead of a plastic bag to put your fruits and veggies in
- Reusable snack bags can be used for lunches vs. plastic baggies or food wrap
- Don’t forget your reusable bags when you shop at ALL stores, not just grocery stores. I always forget I can use mine at Shoppers/Target.
3. Reuse. Look at what you are throwing out/recycling and see if you can use it for something else.
- Old clothes? Turn into rags
- Plastic produce or bread bags? Wipe down and reuse as storage for baked goods, or for coating fish or chicken for baking.
- Glass jars? Wash and use as storage for those items you buy in bulk.
- Plastic containers? Wash and use as storage or as paint containers/other arts and crafts projects.
4. Recycle or compost.
- Read up on what your community is able to compost and recycle. You may be surprised at what is on the list that you normally toss in the trash.
- Start your own compost.
5. Replace disposable items with reusable ones.
- Consider cloth pads and/or a menstrual cup.
- Stop buying paper towels and use cloth ones.
- Use cloth diapers over disposable ones.
- Replace plastic wrap with washable sandwich wrappers, fabric food covers/bags lined with food safe PUL, or use glass containers to store leftovers/lunches.