The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it’s also the biggest trash generator in your house – especially this time of year. In fact, each person in your home creates about 4 pounds of trash a day, and most of it comes from the kitchen.
A few simple solutions will make all the difference when it comes to creating less waste:
Reusable bags are a must. Get yourself a bunch of different sizes and you’re set for any shopping trip. But you also need to think about waste as you shop. Anything packaged in single-size servings costs more, so buy in bulk when you can. You can make your own individual portions by using small reusable containers. Buy items that come in easy-to-recycle packaging that you can toss into the recycling bin when you’re done.
The biggest source of trash is food. It’s astonishing to think that 30 percent of the food we buy, we throw away. The easiest thing to do is to save those leftovers. Keeping them for a snack or lunch, freezing larger portions or using them in a different recipe is the way to go.
Don’t forget that composting unwanted leftovers will create free fertilizer for your lawn and garden.
Save money by using reusable cloths and rags instead of paper towels. Choose cloth napkins instead of paper ones. And put an end to disposable plastic water bottles and invest in a few reusable ones. There are even reusable silicon covers that are an excellent alternative to one-use plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
Terri Bennett is the author of “Do Your Part: A practical guide for everyday green living.” DoYourPart.com.
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