What do you throw away most?
Recycling for most of us has become somewhat normal practice, so much so that we no longer have to think about adding paper, cans or plastic to our recycling bins instead of throwing it in the rubbish to be sent to landfill. But, have you ever stopped to think about how much of each type of waste you are getting rid of? What do you throw away most? And are there any changes you would make to your buying habits once you find out? Here are some of the most common household items that are thrown away that you could easily stop doing:
Sure, plastic bottles are super convenient when you’re on the go and want to rehydrate, and of course they are a fairly common recyclable material, but if you’re continually buying a bottle on your way to work in the morning, why not just fill a glass with water and wash it at the end of the day? We promise, the water will taste just the same, and there’s no need for you to waste your money or the energy and resources required to churn out over 50 billion bottles of water per year. It’s no wonder ‘ban the bottle’ has become such a popular campaign in the USA recently.
Are you guilty of using kitchen roll or paper towels to clean down your kitchen counters every day? If so, switch to washable cloths instead, and benefit from the same ability to clean your counters, and contribute to long term environmental advantages by reducing the amount of paper required to produce these common household items each year.
Plastic shopping bags
There are over 1 trillion plastic bags used each year, which contributes to 12.7% of total municipal solid waste globally. It’s time to stop using these plastic bags and drastically reduce our dependence on them. Re-usable shopping bags are an excellent alternative to those plastic bags you get at the checkout each week, they’re just as practical and lightweight, and will help save you money (rather than 5p per bag). It’s time to ditch the plastic, and look elsewhere for more sustainable solutions.
Consumer shopping habits today are less of a ‘make do and mend’ approach and a much more throw away society, meaning we’re all buying a lot of stuff we don’t really need, whether from convenience or from habit. Stop and think about what you’re buying, only to throw away. Not only will it help reduce your carbon footprint, but it might also save you money.