Positive changes to make this year to your waste disposal habits
As we come into a new year, are you planning on making any resolutions for 2017? If you feel like doing something different, instead of the usual ‘join a gym’, ‘eat more fruit and veg’ resolutions that most people make, why not decide instead to make positive changes this coming year to your waste disposal habits? Here are some easy, positive changes you can make that won’t take you long to embrace as a new habit.
Eat mindfully and watch your portion sizes
If you’re planning to make a conscious effort this year to cutting down on food waste, try to eat ‘mindfully’ where you’re aware of what you’re buying, cooking and consuming to avoid eating out of habit, boredom or because of your emotions. If you end up always scraping food off your plate into the bin, pay more attention to your portion sizes so that you cut down unnecessary waste here too.
Check the packaging on the items you purchase to ensure that the packaging can be recycled, or that it’s already been made with recyclable materials, and that the food has come from sustainable sources.
No more plastic bags
Make a commitment in 2017 not to use a single additional plastic bag. Sound impossible? We bet you have enough plastic bags stored in the cupboard to last you for a year – if you remember to bring them shopping with you that is. Invest in some quality hessian bags that you can reuse and which most supermarkets will replace when worn out, and instead of taking your lunch to work in a plastic bag use a reusable lunch box.
Work and home
It’s not just at home where you can make positive changes to your waste disposal habits – you can start being more environmentally conscious at work to. If your company has a CSR policy, make sure you have a read through this and find ways to get involved. If they don’t have one, why not start one? Small changes could mean big savings for your company – like getting printer ink cartridges refilled for a fraction of the cost of buying new ones, or switching light bulbs to low energy LED options.
Teaching your kids and setting good examples
Lead by example and show your kids what good recycling habits look like by doing them yourself. Recycling at home should be everyone’s role, not up to one person, so make it easy for everyone to get involved with a recycling area in the kitchen for different waste streams to go into (and so that no one is left to do it all just before the bins are emptied).