You probably don’t go to the grocery store saying, “I think I’ll buy some trash today.” But depending on which products you choose, that’s exactly what you’re doing. Do Your Part to pick items with the least amount of packaging…or the kind that’s easily recyclable.
One of the best ways to reduce the amount of packaging trash is to avoid individually wrapped items like snack packs and single serve containers. Instead, buy in bulk and divide your bounty into individual washable containers that you can reuse again and again.
And when shopping for produce, choose loose fruits and veggies. This move will usually save you money because prepackaged ones are normally more expensive. Remember to also save and reuse those plastic produce bags from a previous grocery store trip and your purchase will have zero waste!
It’s also smart to look for items such as dish soap and laundry detergents in concentrated formulas. The container size will often be smaller meaning they require less energy to produce and transport. You can also buy soap and detergent in economy sizes with refillable dispensers to reduce packaging waste.
Don’t forget to look for items which come in recyclable containers. For instance, It’s usually easier to recycle a milk jug instead of a milk carton. Tuna cans are easier to recycle than tuna in foil containers. Remember, aluminum and glass packaging are usually best because they can be recycled over and over again without a loss of quality.
Product packaging makes up almost a third of the waste we all generate. When choosing between two similar products, Do Your Part to select the one with the least amount of packaging and in a container that can actually be recycled or reused.