As the planet’s environmental crisis continues to be a thorn in everyone’s side, it’s understandable that you’d want to do everything you can to help out. Every little bit helps when it comes to fighting climate change, and that includes the amount of trash you produce. We produce so much avoidable trash everyday, and we can do better. We’ll look into a few ways to reduce the amount of trash you create so you can do your part to help out.
Always Choose the Reusable Option
One of the easiest ways to drastically reduce the amount of trash you create is to choose to use reusable products whenever possible. Reusable grocery bags alone can save a ton of plastic from ending up in landfills or the ocean. To save even more plastic, switch to a reusable water bottle to prevent tons of water bottles ending up in landfills. Reusable options exist for almost anything currently made of plastic, so keep an eye out.
Only Purchase What You Need
This may sound obvious, but the majority of people that grocery shop tend to buy way more food than they’ll actually use or eat. This causes pounds upon pounds of wasted food to add up in the long run. If you want to start getting closer to a zero-waste lifestyle, you’ll need to carefully plan for how much food you’ll realistically eat in a week when you go grocery shopping.
Compost as Much as Possible
Composting is the process of taking inedible foods scraps, such as onion skins or banana peels, and letting them decompose naturally. This process essentially creates free fertilizer you can use on your garden or lawn. Additionally, it removes a lot of food waste from the trash.
Donate Used Items
Before you go throwing out that pile of old clothes that you never wear anymore, consider where they might be going. Many clothes nowadays have synthetic fibers that’ll never break down naturally, yet still end up in landfills to pollute the earth. Old clothes and furniture are great donations to certain organizations, so you can help out the planet and your fellow humans as well.
If you’re still receiving mountains of useless paper in your mailbox, it may be time to start unsubscribing and using virtual billing and reading material. Paper isn’t just another thing to clog up our trash cans—every one of those paper ads and bills had to be made from a tree that was cut down. You can help save future trees by switching from paper to digital whenever you can.