Apr 29, 2011

Easy Ways to Make Less Trash

The average American creates 4.6 pounds of trash each day, and that really piles up! All our trash in the landfills emits a gas called methane, which is the second biggest cause of global warming. And some of the trash we make gets to the ocean, which has created a huge garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean.
To reduce your impact on the landfill, try some of these following tips:

  • Compost kitchen and yard scraps (how to available here)
  • Bring reusable bags to the grocery store
  • Switch from a paper lunch bag to a reusable lunch box
  • Donate stuff you don't want anymore (but is still in good condition) to a thrift store, or sell it on craigslist or ebay.
  • Keep something in your car to bring extra food from restaurants home with (instead of the disposable styrofoam containers)
  • Try to buy things with as little packaging as possible. 
  • Bring a reusable cup to Starbucks
  • Avoid bottled water. Use a reusable water bottle instead (check out these cool designs)
  • Use reusable containers instead of Ziploc bags
  • Recycle! 
  • Use reusable plates, silverware, and cups while eating
  • When buying things, think about 
    • will this break soon or will it last a long time?
    • does this have excessive packaging?
    • can I borrow or rent this instead?
    • can I recycle this when I'm done with it?
This doesn't seem like much, but if everyone did these things, think how much a difference it would make!

For more tips, visit:

No Impact Man
Green Garbage Project
Gaiam Life
A zero waste family

Comment with your own tips and ideas! :)

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