Doing your part to reduce waste doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, making a few small changes in your day-to-day life can make a big difference! Consider joining SugarCreek in its effort to reduce waste in 2019 by participating in the following sustainable activities:
1) Opt. Out of Disposable Dinnerware
Do you ever feel bombarded by plastic cutlery and Styrofoam plates when you order delivery or carryout? Do these items get tossed directly into the trash? Make an effort to reduce waste this year by opting out of wasteful disposable dinnerware. Just mention it over the phone when ordering, or be sure to write the following in the comments section if ordering online: please, no plastic cutlery, plates, or straws. Eating on the go? You can still opt. out by having a set of reusable silverware, or even a reusable straw, in your glove compartment!
2) Start a Small Compost
Composting is a great way to reduce waste, and getting started doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. In fact, composting can be quite easy, since scraps can be collected in a large plastic bucket, tote, or bin. Worried about smell or pests? Store compost scraps is your fridge or freezer until they’re ready to go outside, and be sure to put something heavy on top of your outdoor container to keep out unwanted guests. Compost not only reduces waste, but can result in a great fertilizer for your garden.
3) If It Breaks, Fix It
We live in a throw-away society where value is placed on new items instead of on fixing or repairing the old ones. One great way to reduce waste to landfill is by making a commitment to fixing broken items. It’s also a great way to learn a new skill, such as sewing! The major pro? The cost of taking an old item to the repair shop is typically less expensive than buying something new. So, fix it, don’t replace it!