I’m becoming more and more fascinated with the concept of Zero Waste and creating less waste in our household as a means of lessening our impact on the earth. We’re already recycling and doing our best to limit what we are bringing home, but practicing a lifestyle that results in less waste means choosing necessities (like food) that are either unpackaged or packaged as little as possible. It also means making an effort to dispose of our waste as responsibly as possible. After doing a little sleuthing, I discovered that Vancouver has a food scraps drop off program in place where every Saturday you can take your compostable waste, including food scraps and coffee grinds, to be disposed of in a more sustainable way – your waste is converted to compost rather being sent to the dump! I performed an experiment last week and created a food waste bin in my fridge – I wanted to see how much of our garbage is actually food scraps and waste. By simply diverting our food waste into a stainless steel bowl in the fridge, I’ve managed to avoid taking a single trip to the garbage room in our building this week and the garbage in our trash can is about half its normal amount. I’m looking forward to taking an inaugural trip down to the food waste drop off spot next weekend.
These are some of my goals for this year with respect to moving towards producing less waste in our household:
- Avoiding food with packaging (especially excessive, non-reusable or non-recyclable packaging)
- Carry reusable bags so as to refuse plastic and paper bags when shopping
- Reuse packaging (rather than recycling) by frequenting stores that will allow me to reuse and refill my own containers
- Making food at home so as to make it healthier and produce less packaging waste
- Diverting food waste by collecting compostable food scraps
- Lose weight by eating real food and food as close to its natural state as possible
Are you interested in reducing your waste and your impact on the planet? What works for you and your family in terms of reducing waste in your household? Please share your ideas in the comments – I love hearing what others are doing on to reduce their impact on the planet!