Reduce, reuse, recycle. Oftentimes, we focus very heavily on the last step of this phrase- recycle- and we miss the first two steps completely.
There are many ways to reduce waste in your everyday life. People tend to fail with the “all or nothing attitude.” Even small changes lead to big results. The goal should not be to become a zero-waste person by next week. The goal should be to kick a bad habit each week until you become a person of little-to-no waste.
Here are five easy ways to reduce waste in your everyday life:
Ditch the plastic grocery bags. According to biologicaldiversity.org, Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture. It only takes about 14 plastic bags for the equivalent of the gas required to drive one mile. The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year. Only 1 percent of plastic bags are returned for recycling. That means that the average family only recycles 15 bags a year; the rest ends up in landfills as litter. A great alternative to plastic grocery bags are reusable ones. They hold more groceries so there are fewer trips in and out of the house. You could potentially cut out 1,500 over the course of a year just by remembering your reusable bag.
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