One of the areas of reducing waste and living a Zero Waste life, is to reduce the packaging. I don’t know about you, but my garbage can was full of plastic bags, plastic wrapping, and cardboard boxes that house the inner plastic packaging. One way to reduce this wasteful use of the world’s resources is to stop bringing it into our homes.
I know, you’re thinking I’m a ‘nut job’ by now. Well, I truly believe that the earth is here for man’s use. However, we still need to use those resources in the most thrifty way.
Reuse What You Have
I decided my first step in reducing our household waste was to reuse what I already have on hand. Some things we reused are large ice cream containers, glass decorative jars, and plastic containers from food products we have eaten.
Here are some examples:
It took me awhile to find a store that would allow me to purchase in bulk. At first, I just tried to purchase items that are in less packaging…
- Cereal in bags instead of bags and boxes
- Re-use plastic shopping bags or make my own shopping bags
A local nutrition store allows people to bring in their own containers, weigh them at the front, and then fill them with the product. The filled containers are re-weighed with the product and the amount marked for the difference. This has been a nice way to reduce waste, in fact, I no longer need a recycling bin and we have reduced our trash pick-up from twice a week to once a week.
We have not fully embraced a Zero Waste life…I believe these things need to come in stages, adopting new habits one at a time.