Written By: Julie Taylor, Board Member
Tuesday is our least favourite day of the week. For most that would be Monday – work begins and the weekend is nowhere in sight. Wednesday is another commonly disliked day. It’s not quite Monday, but the weekend still seems just as far away. To us, Monday and Wednesday are nothing compared to our dreaded Tuesday.
In our neighbourhood, Tuesday is garbage day. Cans filled to the brim line the street. More often than not, especially if there’s a strong wind, pieces of trash will be blown out of their bins and and land on the ground. It’s the one day a week that we see how much garbage we produce as a household.
At A Greener Future, we are constantly thinking of new ways to eliminate waste in our daily lives. What we’ve realized is, you don’t have to overthink it, you just have to plan it. Here are 5 simple tips you can use to reduce your garbage today:
5. Use Reusable Containers
This may seem like a simple one, but too many of us fall victims to convenience of plastic zip-lock bags. While we admit there may be a bag or two in our cupboards for emergencies, using reusable lunch containers will keep your food just a fresh, and will minimize the amount of trash from your household on a day-to-day basis.
4. Don't Let Food Expire
You may want to sit down for this one. Canadians waste $31 billion of food every year. Out of that giant pile of food, 47% is wasted in the home. That statistic is garbage! Literally. Just being mindful of the expiration dates of the food in your fridge can significantly reduce your waste. And hey, if that cucumber does go bad, just make sure you compost it.
3. Shop Second Hand
Going shopping with a friend after work or school? Try shopping at a second hand store. Reusing items is the easiest way to reduce waste. You can save a pretty penny, and often come out with good finds, too. Recently, we found a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels that retail for $965, for only $12.99 at our local Value Village! It’s worth it just for the savings!
2. Use Quality Products
Buying products that last is better for the environment and your wallet. Nowadays most products are meant to have a short lifespan so consumers are forced to replace them more often, but if you shop around you might just find some quality made products that have lifetime guarantees. For some inspiration check out buymeonce.com.
1. Stop Chewing Gum
The majority of gum is made of plastic and is not biodegradable. When it’s thrown on the ground, the sticky mess just sits there until someone cleans it up. I don’t know about you, but there aren’t many people willing to scrape gum off the sidewalk. Simple solution? Stop chewing it. Grab a tin of mints instead. As an added bonus we refill our mint tin through the reusable container program at Bulk Barn for just .60 cents!