It is amazing how much plastic and general garbage is generated through unnecessary wrapping of food items. Whether it be purchasing foods that have been individually wrapped ‘for your convenience’, or we wrap it ourselves using cling wrap, foil or disposable plastic bags. I love our environment and want to do as much as possible to help preserve and protect it. That’s is why I am consciously trying to reduce the amount of garbage I throw away each week, by taking a look at ways in which I can cut down my waste.
One really simple solution to reducing waste is to avoid using plastic wrappings, or purchasing foods that have been individually packed. So I have gone on a mission to convert my pantry/refrigerator into one that advocates waste free foods!
Here are some simple tips that can help you cut down on the amount of unnecessary waste you chuck away:
Buy reusable containers with separate sections. This way when you are packing food for your work day, or for when you are going on a picnic, you can pack your veggie sticks, hummus, nuts, fruit and whatever else you might take all in the one container - With no individual wrapping required!
Make your own, at home! Instead of buying muesli/protein bars (or whatever other snack you like to munch on) in packets at the supermarket, try buying the ingredients in bulk and making them at home. This way you not only save on waste, you will also save some cash as well!
Get yourself a reusable drink container. This can apply for both cold and hot drinks. Instead of buying loads of water bottles throughout the week, buy a sturdy reusable water bottle and you will not only help save the planet but you will also prevent yourself from reaching into your purse so often! The same can be said for your preferred hot drink. Not all places will accommodate you, however if you have your own (reasonably sized) thermos cup you can always ask if they will make your coffee in there so that you (and they) can save on waste!
- Reusable cloth napkins are another great way to help keep foods, such as sandwiches, fresh during your day. I even went to a friend’s place the other day and they were using beeswax wraps to keep cold fridge items fresh, such as cheese and half used vegetables. These are especially good as they mould to fit the object/container and can be washed and reused over and over again!
Every little bit helps to protect our planet and you may also be pleasantly surprised that these planet friendly tips all help you save on cash too!