March 12 – Audit your Waste

“Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.'” ~ John 6:12

Check out how much waste you have at home. How can you reduce it?

The waste we generate and throw out is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to waste generation. For every kilogram of waste your family creates, more than 71 kilograms was created in manufacturing that waste. Every year the worlds’ nations generate 1.3 billion tons of solid waste. That amounts to 1.2 kilograms per person per day and this number is expected to rise to 2.2 billion tons by 2025. Be part of the solution by ensuring that we do not reach this massive amount by 2025.The idea of reducing one’s waste can be overwhelming, a great place to start is within the comfort of your own home.

The problem with waste production is that; waste is sent to landfills and incinerators which emit hazardous toxins and greenhouse gases into the environment, destroy wildlife habitats, and pose a major threat to humans

What can you do?

  • Purchase products with less packaging- Buy in bulk, switch to concentrated products, or choose brands that reduce packaging and avoid Individually Wrapped Items.
  • Use reusable shopping bags and containers.
  • Reduce unwanted mail- Contact local and regional companies sending you unwanted mail and ask to be taken off their list.
  • Just Mow the grass. Leave grass clippings on your lawn. The clippings will decompose, adding much needed nutrients to your grass and lightening the waste you produce.
  • Drink from a reusable mug or water bottle.
  • Compost food scraps and yard trimmings.
  • Repair furniture or list on the internet for sale.
  • Limit household hazardous waste. Measure before you purchase paint, pesticides, and fertilizers so you don’t overbuy.

Plan out your meals. Creating a list of items you need to buy will help reduce food waste at home and give you a better idea of when you need to go to the store.

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