How to reduce your everyday waste is a hot topic of conversation given the recent War on Waste program. But getting started on your waste free journey can be overwhelming! Our recent post top 5 tips on how to reduce your everyday waste was a great beginning, but it only touched the surface! Here are five more ways you can reduce waste in your everyday life!
Use alternative products instead of single use plastics
Beeswax cloth wraps, for example, are a great alternative to cling film. You can use them to wrap sandwiches, cover food and even to store vegies. Cling film and other soft plastics cannot be recycled through your Kerbside recycling and instead must go to REDcycle for recycling. So whilst it is great that there is a recycling option out there, it would be even better if you can avoid them altogether. Beeswax wraps can be used over and over again (they can last up to a year) and you can even make your own!
Store food correctly
Ensure that you store your food correctly, so you don’t end up throwing it out. Cover, wrap or box things so they don’t go stale. Use your fridge and freezer correctly and make sure ready to eat foods (such as a salad) are stored on shelves above uncooked food. Get into the habit of moving older food to the front of the cupboard or the fridge so that you use it first.
Get yourself a reusable water bottle
Not only will it help the environment, but it will save you money. Bottled water is an estimated annual $500 million industry in Australia. This equates to approximately 600,000,000 litres of water, 60% of which is sold in single-serve bottles.
Here are some more facts;
- Annually, over 400,000 barrels of oil are used in Australia to manufacture the plastic to make the bottles
- Only about 30% of all plastic bottles are recycled
- To make a one litre bottle, seven litres of water can be used in the production process.
There is a myriad of drink bottle alternatives in the market today; ranging from stainless steel to aluminium, glass to BPA free plastic.
Buy in bulk
There are more and more bulk food shops opening up around Adelaide, which is excellent for consumers. Purchasing your food staples at these types of stores allows you to bring in your own containers and buy in larger amounts, therefore costing you less but most importantly it means less packaging (therefore less waste)!
Think outside the square
Most South Aussie’s are well and truly in the habit of taking their cloth shopping bags to the supermarket, but do you think to take them when you are buying clothing, or books, or other goodies? You can get handbag/ pocket sized bags which are ideal for this. The alluring smell of freshly baked bread is hard to walk past, but that bread often is sliced and put into a plastic bag. So consider a bread bag!
Take note of when you are still receiving a plastic bag and come up with a solution!
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