Rapid urbanisation and growing population have been driving the massive generation of global waste. It is estimated that, annually, somewhere around 2.1 billion tonnes of waste is being generated, all across the world. This waste not only contaminates soil, water and air, it also contributes to the emission of several greenhouse gases which has been continuously warming global temperature. While the awareness of climate change crisis, pollution in our ecosystem has risen significantly over the years, but it is a fact that most of us feel intimidated by the burden of urgent and huge actions which are needed from our end to combat the ongoing environmental challenges. However, there are small ways which we can incorporate in our daily lives to reduce waste at our homes and, eventually, lower our negative impact on the environment. Here are seven ways we can lessen waste at our homes:
Reduce Food Waste
Approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted each year. While as an individual we can not do much about it but we can certainly control its wastage at our homes. One of the ways to do it is by planning meals. Planning meals gives us an idea of exactly how much food we would need and by purchasing and preparing that fixed amount of food, we can limit food wastage.
Say No to Plastic
Another simple way to reduce waste is limiting the use of plastic in our day-to-day life. Instead of plastic water bottles, glass or stainless steel bottles can be used. While shopping, it would be a good idea to carry cloth bags to pick up and carry goods. Plastic toothbrush, plastic loofah can be replaced with wooden and organic material.
Composting is not only one of the best ways to reduce waste but it is also the greenest one. A large amount of what we throw as waste can be easily turned into compost which can be used to boost the fertility of the soil. If we switch to organic versions of most of our daily used items, a lot of these biodegradable products can be composted.
Avoid Disposable Items
Disposable plates and cups add burden to waste. Doing the dishes may sound burdensome but using plastic utensils is not worth the negative climate impact which it causes.
Learn to Repair
Our generation thrives on ‘use and throw’ philosophy and this has been affecting our environment. If we can repair the old item and not buy a new one, we not only reduce waste but also consume lesser. This, in turn, will help in overall decarbonisation.
Go for Second-Hand Products
As a community, we can reduce a lot of waste if we buy second-hand items. Not only will it save money but a lot of expensive goods become easily affordable if bought second-hand.
We are in 2020 and still, some of us have not gone paperless. Whether it is paying your next electricity bill or receiving a mail from your bank, almost everything can be done online today. Going paperless will not just reduce waste but it will also help you save millions of trees.