It is not that difficult to reduce your waste. If you decide to follow this road, you should know that the end goal is not necessarily to produce no waste at all. For a business to be with a zero-waste certificate, it means that it has a 90% diversion from landfill.
It might be discouraging if you still leave some trash after yourself, but don’t worry – it is impossible to be completely in line with this idea. The reason is that most of us are in a linear economy and not in a closed loop.
Today’s article will teach you some ways on how to cut down on your waste.
Performing an audit of your trash is useful to get a clearer picture of the stuff that usually remains, how much of it is recyclable, etc. Doing so, you might come across some recurring themes. Here they are:
1. Organic Material
Around 60% of the trash of most families is full of organic materials. Although many people know that they should be using compost, most of them still don’t because they think it is hard or just don’t have the time to learn. The truth is that you need half an hour to read a couple of articles, and you will be ready to take action.
The organic materials mentioned above include hair, food scraps, newsprints, and others that are very difficult to break down when they arrive at the landfills. They start to emit harmful emissions like methane and CO2, affecting the environment negatively.
2. Food Packaging
This one is very tough to eliminate, given the world we live in. A solution is going to bulk shops, but if you don’t have any around, it is difficult, but not an impossible one. You might already be aware that the items you buy from the grocery store and the packaging they come in are a big part of the trash we are producing. The good idea is to go on a plant-based diet. In this way, you will consume mostly whole and fresh foods like fruits, veggies, and grains, improving your health and reducing the used packaging. Such a diet also cuts down on your carbon footprint!
3. Paper Towels
People use a lot of it and most of it even unnecessarily – even to dry their hands. You should try and reduce that usage.
So here is the shortlist with tips on how and what to reduce to live a more eco-friendly life. Have you done a waste audit?