Convenience comes at a costly price, it is estimated that the average person generates between 0.5-2kg of trash per day. On a global scale this is a scary figure and one of the main reasons our planet is under stress. Some waste can of course be recycled, however the vast majority of our trash is accumulating at an alarming rate in landfill and water sources. Below are my tips and tricks for cutting down on trash.
🌿 Refuse: plastic bags, cutlery, straws, flyers whatever wasteful crap you don’t need just say no.
🌿 Reuse: Give disposable packaging a second life by rinsing and reusing. Items such as take away contains, sealable food bags and plastic bags can be repurposed over and over.
🌿 Recycle: know your local recycling rules and drop off zones for electronic waste and soft plastics.
🌿Buy second hand, Op shops are good for more than just vintage sweaters.
🌿 Compost food scraps and organic matter.
🌿 Bring a bag! Shopping bags and plastic free produce bags are an amazing way to keep plastic out of landfill.
🌿 Phase out single use products- makeup wipes, glad wrap, paper towel and tissues all have alternatives.
🌿 Invest in a quality water bottle and reusable coffee cup.
🌿 Stop junk mail and switch to email options where possible.
🌿 Refill your staples and liquids at a bulk foods store. They have everything from spices to cooking oils and house hold cleaning products.
🌿 Switch to beauty bars rather than bottles; soap, shampoo and face wash all have alternatives that are kinder on the planet and your body.
🌿 Make your own cleaning and laundry products: Vinegar, Bi-carb soda and lemon are your dirty surfaces new best friend. Check out https://www.madeleineolivia.co.uk/blog/20-diy-natural-cleaning-recipes-hacks-tipsfor 20 DIY natural cleaning hacks