Most of my garbage is plastic, so I decided to really take a look at the amount of plastic I recycle and throw away each week and find ways to do better and reduce it.
This past week (8/24-8/31/13) I had over 70 pieces of plastic.
The plastic on the left 2/3 of the picture is recyclable, the right third is not and goes to the landfill.
Here are some ways I am going to reduce my use of plastic:
- Bring cloth bags and get as much as possible from bulk bins (pasta, rice, cereal, flour, etc.). I started using these great organic cotton muslin bags.
- Bring glass bottles and fill in bulk (maple syrup, olive oil, body soap, dish soap, almond butter, etc.)
- Use cloth bags or no bags for produce items (and try to support the local farm markets)
- Continue to bring my own cloth bags for lugging the groceries home
Not only is buying in bulk better for the environment by saving huge amounts of packaging and shipping costs (for the manufacturer which provides savings to the consumer), it costs me less money.