The average American throws away more than 4 pounds of trash a day and generates 220 pounds of plastic waste per year, less than 10% of which gets recycled! So how can you do your part to reduce the amount of stuff piling up in our landfills? Here are a few ways to go low waste:
Whenever possible, buy in bulk. Many cities and towns have refill stores where you can bring your own containers to purchase household staples like laundry detergent, cleaning products, and shampoo. Some grocery stores sell bulk items like grains, nuts, and cereal as well.
Choose natural fibers over synthetics, or better yet purchase up-cycled or secondhand clothes. Textiles made from synthetic materials shed microplastics, which end up in our water supply and can be toxic to marine life. Donate your gently used clothing rather than throwing it away.
Buy products that are designed to last. They may cost a little more, but you’ll save money in the long term. Repair what you can instead of buying something new. Look for energy-efficient appliances when you need to replace yours.
Avoid single use items. Carry a water bottle and refillable travel mug with you. Pack lunches and snacks in reusable containers or compostable wraps. Choose unpackaged foods like loose fruit instead of individually packaged snack foods. Skip the straws, stirrers, and plastic utensils when you get food to go and carry your own reusable cutlery.
Going low waste is about embracing small changes that make a big difference!