How many things will you throw away today? If you made a list you'd be amazed!
Think about snacks! Some come in BIG packages, with each snack individually wrapped. Often each one is also packed in a little plastic or paper tray. What looked like a great big snack turns out to be a little tiny snack wrapped in a whole lot of paper and plastic! And it's sooo small you probably have to eat 2! And throw all the wrapping away!
The average Canadian throws away a tonne of garbage a year! That is equal to the weight of a small car. BUT, because garbage is not compact like a car, it takes up much more room.
What Can You Do?
- Don't buy anything that has extra packaging
- Tell the store managers and the product makers why you aren't buying their products
- Buy things in bulk - many snacks come that way
- Limit the amount of prepared food that you buy - make your own pizzas with your favourite toppings
- Buy big containers instead of little ones - there's way less packaging
- Buy drinks in returnable bottles - AND RETURN THEM!
- take your own shopping bags (cloth ones are the best)
- limit the number of disposable items that you purchase--no paper plates, plastic cups, disposable cameras, etc
- Buy a lunch box or bag that you are going to reuse many times
- Make your own reusable bag out of cotton cloth
- Collect containers that you can keep using so you don't have to use plastic wrap for sandwiches and cookies
- Use a refillable drink container. Then you can buy your juice in big bottles or cans---small cans and drinking boxes cause a lot of waste
- Don't buy dessert or snacks that come in single-serving containers
- Put all your lunch food scraps in a backyard or worm composter