Every year in America more than 700 billion pounds of materials like glass, plastic, paper, food, and clothing go to landfill.
it might seem overwhelming to have to deal with all this waste but there are easy ways for us to make a difference and lower our waste.
It might be hard to form new habits and it might be easy to forget to recycle regularly, but you do not have to do everything at once just start by taking simple steps like buying in bulk and choosing paper or glass packaging when you can.
Here are some more helpful tips to reduce and recycle your waste.
- Shop at the farmers market if you can as they usually have loose produce without all the packaging and if that is not possible try to pick loose fruit and veggies at the supermarket instead of the plastic option.
- Bring your own tote bag or any reusable bags you have. Reuse grocery bags if you already have them or check if your grocery store recycles them. I always keep reusable produce bags and reusable totes in my handbag.
- Make your own laundry detergent instead it is cheaper and better for your clothes and the environment! or try buying in bulk or in cardboard packaging if you can.
- Get reusable napkins instead of paper towels it will save you money in the long run and creates less waste.
- Get crafty. Reuse gift wrap and envelopes. Save and reuse ribbons, gift boxes, and even newspaper. Save cardboard boxes, colored paper, and other items for arts and crafts projects.
- Get thrifty. Donate clothing to charity shops or sell the items in vintage shops, fairs, bazaars or online stores like Vinted or Depop. Also, share hand-me-down clothes with family members and friends.