7 Tips to Reduce Waste and Live More Green
The respect and protection of the environment is a very sensitive subject to which everyone should pay the utmost attention. Sadly, it is often underestimated due to wild economic policies and lack of information to citizens on the part of the institutions.
It is now known that the health of the planet and its resources (which are limited) heavily depend on your lifestyle and above all on the seemingly harmless waste present in your everyday routine.
Here are seven tips to reduce waste and live more green.
1. Choose Items That Have Low Bulk Packaging
The packaging accounts for about 30-40% of the weight and 50% of the volume of all solid urban waste. 80% of packaging waste consists of glass, plastic and cardboard material.
To reduce the amount of your waste you need to pay attention from the time of purchase. Often packaging is used for promotional purposes only, therefore, it is preferable to buy products contained in very small packages.
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2. Choose the Family Format
The same product is often available in different solutions for purchase. For goods that do not have a short-term expiry avoid buying “single-dose” products, as they need to be individually packaged, causing a greater production of packaging waste to be disposed of.
For example, you can prefer the family format for many products, which allows not only to reduce the quantity of packaging, but also to achieve significant savings.
3. Prefer Concentrated Products
By diluting concentrated products in water, the volume of packaging can be significantly reduced.
Compact and concentrated goods also affect less the costs and environmental impact of transport, requiring a smaller quantity of raw materials for packaging.
4. Pay Attention to the Right Packaging
Products such as beverages or preserved foods are packaged in different ways.
For example, products such as milk are sold either in glass bottles, in plastic bottles or in tetra pak briks.
The containers with the least impact on the environment are those:
- reusable several times (e.g. a bottle is preferable to a can);
- made with recyclable material or partially recycled;
- consisting of a single material or several easily separable materials;
- realized through processes that require a reduced use of raw material and energy.
5. Avoid Buying Plastic Crockery Or Disposable Products
The use of single-use products is very widespread, especially for their apparent cost-effectiveness and practicality.
Plates, cutlery and plastic cups, napkins, tablecloths and paper tissues, plastic shopping bags, but also batteries, cameras, razors, contact lenses and many other goods, are designed to be used only once, with high social costs and a significant impact on the environment.
By limiting the purchase of these goods, the volume of waste produced at home is considerably reduced.
6. Choose Durable, Repairable And Interchangeable Products
Many objects that you buy and use daily have a short life cycle. When they break, most of the time they are not repairable, or their repair is more expensive than buying a new piece (e.g. computer printers).
In other cases, only a part of the object is worn out, but its replacement is not foreseen and it becomes necessary to reacquire the entire product.
It is therefore important to pay attention to the quality of the product and to the possibility of replacing or repairing the individual components.
7. Reduce The Volume Of Waste
The reduction of household waste concerns, in addition to their quantity, also their bulkiness.
Compressing the rubbish volume, for example by pressing plastic bottles or cans, allows the bins to contain a greater amount of waste and the means of transport of the garbage to make a smaller number of trips.
Small changes to your habits can make the difference: few intelligent choices will allow to avoid unnecessary waste and to live more green, in respect of the environment.