Reduce packaging waste this week!
This week’s “Change the World Wednesday” Challenge is all about reducing waste. Now you’re talking – this is my thing!
We’ve been challenged to reduce our waste by using refills, using our own containers, returning packaging to the store and buying in bulk.
There are heaps of ways to reduce packaging waste, here are a few and I’d love you to add yours to the comments:
Ditch the plastic carrier bag
Hopefully you’re all doing this already; but if not, why not treat yourself to a reusable bag this week? Find one you can keep in your bag, briefcase, car or pocket and set yourself the goal of remembering to use it. You might like an Onya bag which folds up inside itself and comes with a caribiner clip to attach to your belt loop, handbag or key ring. Or you might like to get a recycled bag, like these made from recycled rice sacks.
Take your own container
If you use a local butcher, fish market or deli counter, take your own lidded containers with you. When y0u make a purchase as them to put your goods into your own container. This can reduce your packaging by a massive amount.
Buy in bulk
If, for example, you buy one 5 litre container of fabric conditioner, the packaging weighs much less than five 1 litre containers. You’ll have to trust me on this – I’ve bought the goods and weighed them. I don’t remember the results now, but they were pretty impressive!
Refills are not as popular now as they used to be, but they do exist. In ASDA some stores refill their own label fabric conditioner. Bio D and Ecover have refill stations around the country at health food stores and organic farm shops.
When I was a child, many glass bottles has a 10p deposit on it. Alas this is no longer the case, but you can return your empties to Neals Yard and you’ll get something towards your next purchase. Elin at Nothing Nasty will accept your glass bottles for refilling and give you a huge 20% discount off your next purchase.
What about you – what do you do to reduce the amount of packaging you throw into the landfill?