We all have an important role to play in reducing and diverting waste from the landfill. Reducing the amount of waste created and finding ways to repurpose and reuse eliminates the need to dispose of items later.
Whether you are at home, school, work or on the go, there are choices you can make to reduce waste. Here are some tips:
- Avoid single-use items when you can
- Bring a refillable water bottle or travel mug. Not only do you create less waste, but many places offer discounts when you provide your own cup.
- Keep a reusable straw (or forgo the straw altogether) and set of reusable cutlery in your bag.
- Bring reusable grocery and produce bags when shopping. To further reduce single-use plastics buy products directly from local farmers market.
- Bring lunch to school or work. Use beeswax wraps and reusable containers. Choose takeout places that allow you to use your own containers.
- Avoid items that come in single serving packages such as granola bars or coffee pods. Buy items in bulk or make your own.
- Use what you already have
- Make your own cleaning products using common household ingredients. This eliminates excess packaging, is less harmful to the environment and can save you money.
- Repair items when possible instead of throwing them away. Ask a handy friend for help or attend a Repair Café.
- Rent and borrow items you rarely use (suits, tools, decorations etc.).
- Reuse rather than dispose. Newspapers can be used as gift wrap or to line your compost bin. Glass jars can be used for storage.
- Host a clothing swap or garage sale, donate to charity or post in a local buy and sell group.
- Buy what you need, use what you buy
- Reduce food waste by making a meal plan and buying only what you know you will use. More tips and recipes at Love Food Hate Waste Canada.
- Feed the land, not the landfill! By participating in green bin programs you help create a valuable resource.
- Exercise your power as a consumer
- Think about your purchases. Do you need it? Can you buy it with less packaging? Consider buying local, second hand or items made from recycled materials.
- Purchase products that are made to last. That way you won't have to replace them as frequently. Think quantity over quantity.