One of the most important things we can do to protect our environment is to find ways to reduce waste. Waste is problematic on a number of different levels. But perhaps the two most obvious are that waste pollutes the environment and uses up our finite resources.
Landfills, which are growing in step with our population, are hazardous. They release methane gases into the air, leach contaminants into the water, and destroy the land upon which they sit. Nowadays, with proven technologies to make energy out of garbage, they are simply an obsolete form of waste disposal. Still, they are continually increasing in number and size.
Our escalating consumerism is producing more waste, which is not only filling the dumps but also eating up limited resources. We continually produce, package, and distribute more and more stuff to throw away. To the detriment of future generations and ourselves, we are encouraged to consume things that we don’t need and which don’t even provide added value to our lives.
On a grand scale, the world’s waste problem seems insurmountable. But we can all contribute to solving this issue by finding ways to reduce waste. As more people embrace a waste-free lifestyle, we’ll prioritize a new brand of responsible consumerism that thrives on sustainability rather than reckless production. Here are seven simple tips for moving in that direction:
1. BUY REUSABLE ITEMS
Reusable items are a huge part of the waste-free lifestyle. Luckily, for many of us, this kind of thinking has already begun. Reusable grocery bags and water bottles are commonplace amongst the environmentally conscious nowadays. But there are many other practical reusable items.
Cloth or netted vegetable sacks (which are available all over the internet or made easily at home) can hold produce rather than plastic bags. Refillable storage containers can hold a sandwich or chips more safely than a cling film or plastic bags. Reusable drinking straws are another good one.
We also have the option of using cloth diapers and menstrual cups, which are great ways to reduce waste in your household. In the end, reusable versions of all these things will both save us money and reduce our garbage output.