From plastic plates and cups to microwave dinners or fast food containers, the packaging waste can pile up quickly and maliciously in your home. According to Recycling Revolution, nearly 65 percent of an average landfill is made up of packaging materials and packaging from household trash. Knowing this kind of information makes us want to strive to leave a better blueprint behind us and we hope it does the same for you.
Start small and reduce the waste.
Skip the plastic bag
One of the quickest changes you can make is simply saying “no plastic” to the clerk the next time you’re at the grocery store. Whether you prefer canvas or cloth, bringing your own bag from home will reduce the amount of plastic you bring home and add a personalized touch to your shopping experience.
Choose products that use biodegradable packaging. Plastic can only be recycled seven to nine times, whereas cardboard, metal, or glass can be recycled many more times and for personal use, used many more times.
Buying in bulk actually saves material waste. One big container will typically require less raw material than several smaller ones. However, be sure to keep an eye on the expiration dates when buying food in bulk to avoid wasting food and money.
Grow your food
Your garden doesn’t require any packaging! Plus, growing your own food can save you money in the long run. If you are unable to garden or compost due to space, consider visiting a local farm where they also will avoid packaging in comparison to your typical grocery store.
Cook your food
Eating out every once and a while is totally fine, but eating out on a routine or regular basis creates a lot of waste. Plastic containers, utensils and food packaging pile up fast! In addition, a study by Silent Spring Institute showed that 33% of fast food packaging they tested contained fluorinated chemicals. To avoid harm to both your health and the environment, cooking at home is a simple solution.
If eliminating packaging turns into a large cleanout, contact us today to reserve your dumpster rental with ease.