With Woolworths and Coles supermarkets working to remove all single-use plastic bags, it’s a relief that Australians are learning the importance of environmental preservation.
While supermarkets and large conglomerates can be easily blamed for producing immense quantities of rubbish, there are many things that each individual can do at home to reduce waste.
Each year the average Australian produces more than one tonne of waste that ends up in landfill. Below are 5 simple methods that people can incorporate into their daily lives to reduce waste and help nurse planet Earth back to health.
1. Keep Reusable Utensils Handy
If you love a good take-out meal from time to time, you’d know that a lot of plastic cutlery get tossed out once used. A pretty effortless change you can make to stop wasting single-use utensils is to keep reusable ones handy at home and in public.
You can purchase compact utensil sets that are easy to travel with at most dollar stores. These come in handy most when you buy fast food or eat at casual restaurants.
Instead of using plastic straws to go with your beverages you can buy glass or stainless steel straws that are not only easily reusable, but also makes your drinks more aesthetically beautiful.
2. Ditch the Plastic Water Bottles
We all know that one person who gathers way too many half-empty plastic bottles in their room. If you are that person, just make your life easier by investing in a good reusable water bottle.
Having a sturdy water bottle prevents clutter of having multiple and encourages you to drink more when you always have it on hand.
Coffee-lovers can consider buying something like a Keep Cup that is especially designed for coffee and other hot drinks.
3. Make Friends With Eco-Friendly Bags
When our most visited supermarkets like Woolworths and Costco are trying to go plastic-free, being acquainted with eco-friendly bags is super crucial.
Eco-friendly and canvas bags are reusable and much stronger than regular plastic bags. Keeping a few in your car and around the house will make it much easier to move around groceries and household items.
4. Plan Your Meals in Advance
We would all be rich if we had a dollar for every time we threw out vegetables that have gone bad and packaged food that has expired.
Planning your meals in advance will prevent you from disposing a lot of produce that could have been consumed.
Making a list of meals you want to make throughout the week will make your grocery shopping trips less stressful and encourages you to use most of what you buy.
5. Donate Your Pre-Loved Clothes
Thrifting culture has become popular with the environmentally beneficial qualities and longevity of vintage fashion.
Instead of throwing away clothes that don’t fit you anymore, you can easily drop off bags of pre-owned items in drop-off bins or at second hand stores. Check online or call up stores to make sure they can directly take in your clothes.
Donating clothes will help someone in need and save you from creating unnecessary waste.