There are always ways to improve your home and lifestyle when it comes to reducing waste and taking care of the planet.
A great place to start is within the comfort of your home. There are small changes you can put in practice and make a conscious effort in reducing your waste output. Overall, these small changes can lead to big differences around you.
Below, 9 simple changes you can make to reduce waste in your home and lifestyle.
1. Understand what recycling is
Don’t be intimidated by the complicated symbols and sorting rules. Since recycling standards vary from place to place, find out the specific details that apply to your place of residence. There are a few recycling programs that can be found across Qatar so check if they can visit your home to collect your waste and send it for recycling. Look into reusable packaging options in your home whenever possible.
2. Stop using plastic bags
One of the easiest ways to decrease the waste you produce is to use reusable bags while shopping, or running errands. Instead of using the plastic bags that are provided to you, try using your own cloth or canvas reusable bags. Raw ME have great totes you can take with you shopping, running errands, or to the beach. Keep a few extra bags with you in the car incase you forgot to take one from home!
3. Eat sensibly
Like material waste, food waste is a huge problem. When eating out, keep your order to a minimum. If you have leftover food, take it home with you, or give it away to someone who would appreciate the extras. When grocery shopping, buy food which you will consume. It sounds logical, but you would be surprised how many fruits and vegetables are thrown away because they were not consumed in time.
4. Invest in reusable containers
Once you have planned your groceries, take it to the next level and start storing food properly. This will extend the life of your products and keep it fresh for as long as possible. Invest in some quality containers which can be reused to store your food products, as well as meals for your work or school.
5. Grow your food
Have a back garden and don't know what to do with it? Grow your own food. Plant some vegetables, and herbs and turn your garden into your own mini market! Not only will you save some money, but you will also have control over your food quality such as the use of pesticides or artificial additives.
6. Repair, don't throw
We are so quick to throw away something that stopped working, broke, or ripped. When was the last time you repaired something instead of throwing it away? Next time your lamp stops working, or your button pops off your shirt, spend a few minutes to see if its fixable rather than thawing it in the garbage. If you have some clothing items that you don't wear, or need fixing, you can always donate to charities and help those in need.
7. Stop printing
Worldwide, the pulp and paper industry is the fifth largest consumer of energy, accounting for 4% of all the world's energy use. It also uses more water to produce the paper, than any other industry. We are in the digital age where we can access almost everything from our laptops and phones, so next time you need to print an email or document, think about how necessary it is. Not only are you creating waste by printing unnecessary papers, you are also contributing to deforestation! Go Green!
8. Reusable cutlery
Bring your own straws and cutlery instead of using plastic. Little steps like these go a long way in the future in reducing waste.
9. Say no to plastic bottles and paper cups
Plastic water bottles and paper coffee cups are huge sources of waste. Instead, you can use durable water bottles and cute coffee thermos to take your beverages wherever you go. Hydrate more, and waste less!