We all want to reduce our impact on the planet but at times the question of how can feel overly complex. It’s very easy to be overwhelmed by the thought of ‘saving the planet’ and to not know where or how to start; BUT fear-not; the answers are really quite simple. Here are five ways that you can reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill.
Get yourself a reusable coffee cup. Pronto!
Takeaway cups may seem like a paper based product but most are actually lined with plastic and can be tricky to recycle. In Australia, takeaway coffee cups are the second highest littered item. (If you forget your reusable coffee cup and do end up with a takeaway cup, these can be placed in your household kerbside recycling bin.)
Reusable produce bags
Having your own reusable carry bags for your shopping is great, but what about your fruit and vegetables! Do they just get thrown into plastic produce bags? Well they don’t have to! You can use reusable, plastic-free produce bags for your fruit and veggies. They’re affordable, easy to use and add no extra weight to your shopping. You can even make them yourself! (Image sourced from ONYA)
Take your soft plastics to REDcycle bins.
Worldwide, 2 million plastic bags are used every minute and in Australia only 3% are currently being recycled – the rest end up as landfill and litter. REDcycle have teamed up with leading supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths to start recycling soft plastics and plastic bags. If you take your soft plastics to these drop off points, they will be recycled and therefore diverted from landfill.
Take your lunch to work, or eat in.
By cutting back on our weekly takeaway meals, we reduce the packing used in the process. Small changes like taking your lunch to work each day in your nude food lunch box greatly reduces our waste. We get it, packing lunch can be hard, so if you are going to grab your lunch out, just eat in! Don’t get it in take-away packaging (most of which is plastic), take a minute to yourself and have a lunch in a work-free space.
Start your own compost.
When food waste rots with other organics in landfill, it produces a noxious gas called methane, which is a greenhouse gas.
Did you know – if the methane produced by food waste were a country, it would be the world’s third highest emitter of greenhouse gases? By composting our food scraps, we can reduce these figures and as an added bonus, we can also produce our own fertiliser to keep our gardens looking gorgeous!