"But I don’t buy anything just to waste it” – of course not. None of us do, and yet we’re all guilty of it without even realising. Not sure how? Here are some tips that shed some light on how you can refuse waste.
Tip 1: Adjust your weekly food shop
This one is a HUGE culprit. Bananas with plastic packaging – waste. Meat in plastic trays – waste. Loaves of bread wrapped in plastic – waste. All of these packaging items are waste, and we can purchase the foods we need without plastic. It just needs a little bit of preparation. Bring your own produce bags for loose fruit and veg, take your own boxes to the deli counter for meats and cheese. You can even grab fresh loaves of bread from your baker and pop them in a tote bag to carry home.
Tip 2: Takeaway galore
This one is a prompted strike against waste. In lockdown we’ve ordered our fair share of takeaways – don’t judge us! We’re bored with cooking! However, we’re stating we do not want any cutlery, napkins, sauce sachets, leaflets, or menus with each order. Outside of COVID, when we head in-store to collect, we even ask them to pop our food into our own reusable tubs – to save them using their own. It’s a great way to refuse waste – just by asking.
Tip 3: Switch to paperless
Are you still receiving mail? Ask yourself how important it is. Those local newsletters – can you find the information online? Your bank statements – can you check online? When you start questioning yourself, you’ll quickly learn that 90% of the items that come through your letterbox aren’t needed. So, start going paperless. Request online statements and emails where you can, and pop a sign on your door asking for no leaflets. You’ll quickly see a considerable reduction in your household waste when you stop binning multiple envelopes a day!