The amount of trash that humans produce is enormous. Slowly but surely, we are taking over the planet with our waste. In order to prevent our planet from becoming a “trash planet” we need to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away.
Being “zero waste” seems impossible to many. But, as it turns out, a family in Michigan has figured out exactly how to do it. They have reduced their trash to taking out the garbage once a year, and we could all take a page from their book. So, what’s their secret? Check out these tips:
1. Shop at bulk sections to buy things unpackaged. This eliminates a lot of plastic and paper usage.
2. Use and reuse your own containers and bags to store and carry items.
3. Find products that can be composted when you are done, such as compostable toothbrushes and chapstick containers.
4. Buy your clothes second hand and learn how to sew, so you can repair your clothes yourself instead of throwing them away.
If these changes seem to dramatic or drastic to you, try one of them on for size. Because our impact on the environment is so expansive, it doesn’t take much to make a big change if a lot of people make little changes to their daily routine. For example, start a compost bin or bring your own bags to the grocery store.