By Amanda Wilkes:
Producing trash is inevitable; however, some of us produce much, more than others. By simply being aware of the amount of trash you produce, you can easily cut your trash production in half with just a few simple tricks.
#1 Many families have only one trash can for all their discards. A simple way to reduce your trash is to use a second trash container strictly for recycling. You will be more conscious about what you are throwing away and what you are recycling, especially when it is so simple. Glass, metal and paper always should be recycled along with many other items listed in the link below:
#2 Most of us buy products that come in containers or boxes that are reusable. However, most of us also just throw that container or box into the RECYCLING BIN and think that we have done our part to save the earth. At least we took a step in the right direction by recycling the product, but we can take our earth-saving heroism to the next level by reusing the product instead of recycling it. For example, salad dressing bottles are my favorite reusable product! I reuse them when I make my own salad dressing, as juice containers for my mornings on the go, and as vases for a few single flowers. We should always try to reuse products before we throw them out. Click on the link below for a few ideas about what you could be reusing and repurposing around the house!
#3 We all need to be aware of what we purchase and the type of packaging it comes in. Be sure to buy products that have eco-friendly packaging that can either be reused or recycled. If possible, buy products that have no packaging at all. One of my biggest pet peeves is people shopping in the produce section, choosing their produce, unwinding a plastic bag from the reel, placing their produce in the bag and moving on to the next item. If you are buying a bell pepper, an apple, a stalk of broccoli, or a cucumber, to name a few things, WHY DO YOU NEED THE PLASTIC BAG? All you need to do is put the item(s) into your basket! You can and should wash the produce when you get home, anyway! By simply skipping the plastic bag, you are reducing a ton of waste! Another idea is to bring your own reusable bags like those here for use with bulk items like beans, rice, and nuts!
Take the Plastic Purge Challenge to kick start your home’s ability to reduce trash! Let us know how it goes!