Want to reduce waste at your home or office? Here’s how:
Love Food Hate Waste. Food waste is an urgent, but solvable, global challenge. One third of all food produced globally is wasted. To put that in perspective, every day in Canada we waste:
- 470,000 heads of lettuce,
- 1,200,000 tomatoes,
- 2,400,000 potatoes,
- 750,000 loaves of bread,
- 1,225,000 apples,
- 555,000 bananas,
- 1,000,000 cups of milk
- 450,000 eggs
Food isn’t garbage and keeping food out of the garbage is good for our environment and our pocketbooks. For the average Canadian household our wasteful habits amount to 140 kilograms of wasted food per year – at a cost of more than $1,100 per year!
Want to know how to make food go further and waste less?
Check out Love Food Hate Waste for great tips on meal planning, recipes for using up food before it expires and how to keep things fresh. lovefoodhatewaste.ca
Compost. Composting food scraps and yard trimmings reduces the volume of garbage being sent to landfills, cuts down on greenhouse gases and creates composted soil product for farms and gardens. Composting is also a cost savings opportunity. On average food scraps make up 40% or more of the waste stream. By diverting food scraps out of the garbage, you can save money on disposal fees.
Here’s where to compost food scraps and yard waste for FREE:
- Town Centre Recycling Depot (in the parking lot area behind RONA).
Drop-off during hours of operation only (Monday-Saturday 8:00am-5:30pm). Loads must be under 50L/20 lbs
- Tla’amin Recycling Depot (Near Salish Centre 4885 Hwy 101). Drop-off during hours of operation only (Tuesday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm).
Loads must be under 50L/20 lbs
- Loads over 50L/20lbs must be taken directly to Sunshine Disposal and Recycling Wednesday and Saturday ONLY 10:00am-4:00pm at 4484 Franklin Ave. Maximum load is 2 yards.
Say No to Single Use Items. It’s time to go beyond “bring your own bag” and add metal straw, reusable cup, metal or wood utensils and to-go ware for leftovers and so much more. You can have a great cup of coffee without using a single serve coffee pod or paper to-go cup with a lid. even if you only buy one takeaway coffee a week, that’s still 52 disposable cups gone to waste over a year. Say no to plastic produce bags. What are we worried about? That our apples won’t get along with our broccoli during the trip home? Or is it that the produce will get dirty? Hey, it grew in the dirt, and we’re going to wash it anyway, right? At the grocery store, you can put produce directly into your cart and then into your reusable basket or bag. Check out 100 tips to a plastic free life at https://myplasticfreelife.com/plasticfreeguide/
Give up shampoo in plastic bottles. There are several plastic-free options:
The No-Poo method uses a baking soda & water wash and an apple cider vinegar rinse.
If No-Poo seems too hard-core, there are solid shampoo bars you can use that both shampoo and condition your hair plastic free.
Make every Lunch a Zero Waste Lunch. If you are packing a lunch for work or play pack it in a reusable container with your cutlery, reusable water bottle and cloth napkin (just to be extra classy). Try natural beeswax coated cloth wraps instead of plastic cling film which you can purchase or make yourself! Click here for the DIY version.
Join the slow Fashion Movement. Slow fashion promotes a more ethical and sustainable way of living and consuming. It encompasses the whole range of ‘‘sustainable,’’ ‘‘eco,’’ ‘‘green,’’ and ‘‘ethical’’ fashion movement. This movement is practiced through clothing swaps, borrowing or renting clothes, buying vintage, redesigning old clothes, shopping from smaller producers, making clothes and accessories at home and buying garments that last longer and are made with natural fibres with sustainable processes and dyes.
Drink Tap Water. Around the world, one million plastic bottles are bought every minute. This figure is expected to increase by 20% by 2021. In Canada, most communities have access to high quality drinking water– and it’s from our taps. Fill your water bottle at home and on the go. If you are a local business or facility join the Refill Revolution. All you have to do is put a put up a sticker or poster inviting people to come refill their empty water bottle at your establishment. Make your business an agent for change.
To learn more about the Refill Revolution or to start a local Revolution in Powell River check out refill.org.uk or email@example.com We have some stickers to give away.
Originally published in the Powell River Peak
Think about the amount of waste and garbage each house on your block creates each week, it’s a lot. What’s that saying? Out of sight, out of mind. We all realize the garbage bags we place at the foot of our driveway each week don’t magically disappear. In fact, that is only the beginning. Once our waste leaves our hands it falls upon the environment to deal with what we have created. This happens in a myriad of ways, the most common being landfills and combustion facilities. Although these sites are heavily monitored and specifically design to handle waste they still have negative effects on the environment. If we look at decomposition, it is estimated that it takes plastic 500 years and cigarette butts 50 years to decompose. Some of the garbage that we create will long out live us.
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