Nearly everything we buy comes wrapped in material that we tear open and immediately throw away. All that packaging adds up to about a third of all garbage tossed in the U.S.
Try carrying every single piece of packaging you would normally toss throughout the course of a day, and imagine just how uncomfortable you'd be from the weight of the wrapping.
Here are a few ways to cut down on waste:
- Cut back on single-serving foods and beverages. Instead, buy items in bulk and portion them into reusable containers.
- Tone down the take-out. Cooking just one more dinner and packing just one more lunch a week will have a big impact on unnecessary waste and will save you money.
- Buy household items, like detergent and cleaning supplies, in concentrated forms so that you get more product per package.
- Avoid items wrapped in excessive packaging, such as plastic bags inside of cardboard boxes.
- Whenever possible, looke for packaging made from recycled materials. The higher the percentage of recycled content the better.
- Check the plastic code before you purchase to make sure the package is recyclable. Take the Green Guide's Plastics Smart Shopper's Card with your for quick triangle decoding.