Waste is an area of environmental impact that has gotten a lot of attention and following (and for a good reason). The rise of the zero waste movement, as well as the rise of everyday people working to reduce their waste, has meant that it has become much more common for people to think about the amount of waste that they’re creating. A major driver of the rise of the reducing/zero waste movement is that not only is it immediately visible, but our brains can pretty easily see that wasting stuff is a bad idea. There’s nothing existential or complex about the fact that if we produce something, whether it be clothes or food or whatever, we should actually use it instead of just throwing it in a hole.
There are so many small and simple steps to reducing the amount of waste that we produce so we’re going to break it down into the food that we eat and packaging of food and other consumables. Clothes, technology and appliance waste also have a big part in your overall impact but we felt that they fit better under the ‘stuff’ page so if you’re looking for ways to reduce the amount of these waste items, check out the ‘stuff’ page. Food-
Around the world, about one third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste. The average Aussie family throws out $3500 worth of uneaten groceries a year. Food waste that goes to landfill rots and creates harmful methane gas and carbon dioxide. You don’t have to look very far to find some good reasons to reduce the amount of food you waste. However, while it might be easy to find motivation, it can be difficult to know how to actually go about reducing our food waste. Luckily, our good friends at ‘Food Loop Group’ have collated some great ways to reduce our food waste. Check them out at www.foodloopgroup.com.
40 percent of plastic produced is packaging that is used once and then discarded. Less than a fifth of all plastic is recycled globally. Pollution due to plastic packaging is difficult to write (or think) about because we don’t have to look very far to find some alarming statistics. Luckily, many people around the world have seen the harmful effects of single use plastic packaging and worked to develop an inspiring range of solutions to fix the problem. This solutions range from large scale ocean clean ups to tv programs such as War on Waste that show us some great ways to reduce our own impact on the problem of plastic packaging.
While there are so many great ways to reduce your use of plastic packaging, here are some simple and affordable ways to start reducing today:
- Bring your own reusable bags to the shops
- Say no to single use plastic straws
- Stop buying bottled water and bring a reusable bottle with you
- Use a reusable cup for your takeaway coffee or stay for 5 minutes and take some time to enjoy it in mug
- Choose cardboard packaging over single use plastic and if there’s no cardboard option, buy goods that come in reusable containers. (Collecting containers that you can reuse is a great way to start buying food from the bulk store without having to go out and buy containers)
- Have a go at doing some shopping at a bulk store where you can bring your own containers. Start by refilling a few simple things such as detergent at a store near you and work your way to reducing the packaging or your consumables all together
For more tips and tricks on reducing the amount of waste you produce, stay tuned for further updates. In the meantime, check out some other people in the inspiration section who have some great ideas and systems for reducing waste.
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