Plastic-Free July & Other Tips to Reduce Your Waste

| 7/10/2019 11:30:00 AM


"Plastic-free July" is a movement to reduce our dependence on plastics. You may already reduce your usage of fossil fuels and you have cut back on single-use plastic grocery bags, but what else can we all be doing to lead a much more eco-friendly lifestyle including how to make our homes eco-friendly beyond their four walls? Have you considered how trash impacts your environmental footprint?

In college, I was asked by my environmental studies professor if I knew where my trash went. I was completely embarrassed, as a self-proclaimed environmentalist, to stare blankly across the room and finally admit that I had no idea where my trash went after it left my household. And what’s even worse, is I didn’t even know how much trash I was really producing. Apparently, I am not alone.

Sustainability writer for, Syd Ulrich-Dogonniuck, breaks down the American waste habit and the impact trash is having on our environmental footprint in Are We Wasting Our Waste?

When you think of “waste” what do you think of? Trash day? Setting the trash bin on the curb once a week? Or have you thought about what happens to the waste created from your home after it leaves the curb?

For years, decades even, it seems our society has had a very “out of sight, out of mind” mentality about waste—you do your due diligence to keep your neighborhood clean, you pick up litter in the park, you wouldn’t dream of throwing a Styrofoam cup out the window on the high way. On the surface the “waste issue” doesn’t seem like an issue at all—it seems well contained, old news even. Dig a little deeper, however, and some truths start to materialize… The average American produces a whopping 5.91 pounds of waste daily.

7/28/2019 4:10:28 PM

Recycling isn't enough. We have to stop using the single-use items, as much as possible. Big wakeup call for me was learning that my community in "progressive" California used a company that sent its recycling to Asia, where the items weren't recycled, but went to big lots to be burned, or sit and leach into the people's soil - poisoning entire communities. I encourage folks to just inquire with their local city council where, exactly, waste contractors take stuff.

7/26/2019 10:06:35 AM

It's not just the beauty industry. Have you bought a screwdriver recently? It comes in about a six or eight inch square plastic molded packaging that you need a chainsaw to get into. I just bought a doorbell packaged the same way. I almost broke the doorbell from just trying to get it out of the packaging. What's this kind of packaging protecting the tools & doorbells from? --- I mean -- other than shoplifting? We can never eliminate all the dishonest people in the world but together, we can try to eliminate all the unnecessary packaging from our products by 1. - complaining to the store management who, in turn, can complain to the suppliers & producers, etc and 2. - boycotting goods packaged like this.

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