Reduce Packaging Waste
Packaging accounts for nearly a third of municipal solid waste in the United States, according to the U.S. EPA. Items including cardboard boxes, fiberboard, all types of plastic, metal and glass containers, and foam perform the key functions of protecting products and providing information for buyers, but are often discarded after a limited time. Introducing a few simple practices into your lifestyle will improve your packaging footprint and might even save you some money.
Tips for Reducing Packaging Waste:
- Always carry your own reusable bags while shopping.
- Avoid buying bottled water; use a reusable water bottle instead.
- Use a reusable coffee mug rather than a disposable paper cup.
- Buy in bulk. This will save you money on top of reducing packaging waste.
- Buy loose products, such as fruits and vegetables, instead of pre-packaged packs.
- When comparing similar items from two brands, choose the one with less packaging.
- Reuse packaging products, like paper and plastic bags, tins and wrapping paper whenever possible.
- Find alternatives to buying a new product. Craigslist, Nextdoor and Facebook Marketplace all offer plenty of used goods in your neighborhood, and you can also check Freecycle to see if the item is available for free from a neighbor.