One of the ways that I’m going green is to create less waste and trash in my life. Since eating is the biggest part of our lives (we do it at least 3 times a day) this is where I start my initiative.
The average American throws out 2.5 pounds of trash per day (that is if you recycle, if you don’t it’s closer to 4.5 pounds per day). Most of this comes from packaging, glass, plastic, paper, or things that are not biodegradable and just sit in the landfill.
Here are some completely doable things that anyone can give a try to reduce the amount of trash coming out of your home! If you can’t do them all at once, then try a new thing each week or each month. I will go ahead and give you 12 to make it easier for you to keep track of your progress. For the next few weeks I will go into more detail on how to accomplish these 12 Steps to Waste Reduction (and honestly WAIST Reduction is going to happen with these steps!).
1. Buy in the bulk department. Don’t buy mini-packages or items that are individually wrapped.
2. Buy at Farmer’s Markets / Join a CSA / Buy Local
3. Go vegetarian
4. Cook more meals at home.
5. Buy less packaged foods.
6. Start making your favorite snacks, baked goods, dressings, sauces, pickles, jams, etc. from scratch.
7. If you have to buy something in packaging reuse the packaging, reuse ziplock bags, etc.
8. Compost your food scraps.
9. Take your own food storage containers to restaurants for your leftovers. Carry utensils with you.
10. When ordering take out ask them politely to leave out utensils, napkins, soy sauce, etc from the bag.
11. Use cloth napkins for dinner and dish towels instead of paper towels.
12. Stop buying bottled water! Install a water filter to your sink.
Check back with Green Adventures TV for more information on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle! Please leave a comment and let us know how you are doing!