The photo to the right is a display at the Waikato Museum that shows how much packaging the average New Zealand family sends to the landfill every month. Startling isn't it! Do you think your family uses this much packaging monthly?
You can just imagine what this is doing to the environment with everyone adding their bit to the landfill each month. If we all did a little something to reduce the amount of packaging we use it will all help!
Tips for Reducing Packaging in Our Homes:
- Grow your own veges and fruit
- Buy fresh, loose food rather than food in packaging, you can make or buy little cloth bags to put the loose fruit or veges into
- Say no to the plastic bags that shops give to carry your goods, see Limit Plastic Bag Use, take your own cloth bags instead.
- Choose items in glass, paper, cardboard, etc as opposed to plastic
- Buy nuts, dried fruit, flour, legumes, coffee, rice, oats, etc from bulk bins (check out your local Bin Inn Store)
- Consider buying commonly used items like flour and rice in bulk and share with friends (bags are usually paper)
- Avoid over packaged products, go for products with the least plastic packaging
- Go for reusable options where you can, eg refilling containers, refillable toner cartridges, etc
- Purchase from a Farmers Market and take your own cloth bags
- Store food in the fridge in a non plastic container or cover or wrap them in HoneyWraps
- Use reusable lunch boxes and wrap in HoneyWraps rather than plastic food wrap for lunches and snacks
- Use newspaper to line your rubbish bin instead of a plastic bag - check out this website for more details
- Instead of using plastic bags when walking the dog use newspaper to wrap up their business
- Use paper rubbish sacks
- Use glass or stainless steel drink bottles and coffee mugs
- Don't use plastic straws
- Make the most of bamboo and other natural fibre products! You can purchase toothbrushes, dish brushes, etc from EcoWarehouse
- When you have a crowd over and don't have enough for them to eat off make sure you use paper or biodegradable plates and bamboo cutlery.
See other blogs on this topic:
- Plastic Free July
- Tip 1 - Limit Plastic Bag Use
- Tip 2 - Plastic Free Meals on the Go
- Tip 3 - Plastic Free Shopping