Now is the perfect time to give up making waste!
Now is a great time to work towards being a zero-waste household; some folks are celebrating Lent and Earth Month is approaching! Zero-waste means moving toward eliminating trash and creating a circular economy by minimizing the amount you send to a landfill.
The basics: arm yourself with reusable water bottles, reusable shopping bags and grocery totes, reusable to-go containers, cloth napkins, kitchen towels and a compost collection container for your kitchen counter.
Reducing your waste can seem daunting. There’s so much you can do, it’s often hard to know where to begin. But now that you have the right tools, try choosing 3 or more of these easy ways to start reducing your waste today! If you want to go further, check out the resources at the end for more in-depth tips.
- Swap disposables (paper towels, napkins, plastic utensils, paper plates, etc.) for their reusable counterparts (cloth rags, silverware, ceramic mugs, cloth napkins, glassware, etc.).
- Buy in bulk and bring your own reusable container. It saves you money and reduces waste–Score!
- Shop at farmer’s markets and buy items without packaging or with recyclable packaging (like paper egg containers or cardboard boxes).
- Take personal care items like deodorant containers and toothpaste tubes to Upcycle Treasure Box for specialty recycling.
- When ordering online, request ‘no Styrofoam’ in the special shipping instructions. If it comes with Styrofoam anyway, some places like FedEx, UPS or Leftovers, Inc. can reuse Styrofoam packing peanuts.
- Search our database to find places that will accept other unwanted items for reuse or recycling to minimize landfill waste.
- Opt out of junk mail, cancel phone book deliveries and go paperless with all of your bills.
- Keep a zero-waste toolkit in your car containing: cloth shopping bags, washable to-go containers, non-plastic straws (like these cool stainless steel ones), a cloth towel for spills and a spare reusable water bottle so you’re ready when on-the-go!
- When dining out, choose a Green Dining Alliance certified restaurant (and eat your leftovers if you have any). That way you’re supporting restaurants that minimize their waste too!
- Have your whole family take the ‘No Straw Please’ pledge.
- Educate your friends and family about your zero waste efforts so they can try it too.
- Collecting kitchen scraps for compost has never been easier! Perennial City Composting and Love Your Mother Compost both offer a monthly subscription service to pick up your compostables.
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