How to Reduce Plastic WasteIt takes only five plastic bottles to create enough fiber to manufacture a single square foot of carpet. The same number of plastic bottles is enough fiber to stuff a ski jacket full. American households throw out an astonishing 2.5 plastic bottles each and every year. If just a single ton of plastic were recycled, it would create enough energy generated by a two-person household for an entire year. Some junk is easy to deal with, like yard waste disposal. It can be used to compost, to create new items, or burned for warmth (provided it’s not toxic or dangerous).
Plastic is found in virtually everything these days. Your food and hygiene products are packaged in it. Your car, phone and computer are made from it. And you might even chew on it daily in the form of gum. While most plastics are touted as recyclable, the reality is that they’re “downcycled.” A plastic milk carton can never be recycled into another carton — it can be made into a lower-quality item like plastic lumber, which can’t be recycled. —Woman’s Day.comConversely, other junk is very difficult to dispose of properly. For instance, when you are dealing with a foreclosure clean out, there are a number of obstacles to contend with from start to finish. Appliance disposal is one of the biggest problems because no one wants something in poor condition. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to lessen your own household’s plastic waste. Here are some helpful suggestions for how to reduce plastic waste:
- Shop with reusable bags. If you’re wondering why retailers are turning to reusable bags away from plastic shopping bags, it’s because of the sheer amount of waste generated. When you shop with reusable bags, you are lessening the amount of plastic waste and have less throw out.
- Forgo drinking bottled water. We all know there’s no magic in bottled water; in fact, the water coming out of your tap is probably just as good of quality as local municipalities have high standards. If you still want better water, use an insulated container and fill it with filtered water.
- Buy regular household needs in bulk. While it’s convenient to buy small units, it creates more waste in your home to throw away. To save money and make fewer trips to the store, buy products in bulk. It’s less expensive and creates less plastic waste in your household.
- Purchase boxed products rather than bottled. If you have the option to buy boxed products instead of bottled products, do so and reduce plastic waste. When you purchase boxed products, it’s easier to recycle and/or dispose of cardboard over plastic.