While recycling and reuse are important components to zero waste, reducing our waste generated has the largest impact on our carbon footprint. It also reduces raw material extraction, reduces air pollution and transportation traffic while promoting more resilient locally centralized economies.
On this page, and others in this category, we will provide tips and ideas to reduce consumption in your home while shopping, or at work.
CARRY OUT CONTAINERS
- Bring you own reusable containers for leftovers when you go out to eat. You can even create a Waste Reducer’s survival kit for your car or backpack so you always have a reusable container on hand.
While composting is a good way to deal with excess food waste, it is preferable to not generate that waste at all. Here are some tips to reduce the amount of food leftover.
- Plan Accordingly- This is not only buying and cooking the appropriate amount for those being served, but planning out recipes so very little is left over.
- First in, First Out- Try and use up what is currently in your fridge before using newly purchase groceries. Before you go shopping plan some meals that will use up soon to expire products.
- Save and freeze spare ingredients
- Use everything- There is a new movement that creates recipes
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- Use reusable bags when shopping, refuse paper bags when offered a choice. Carry by hand if it is only a few items.
- Use reusable bags when shopping, refuse plastic bags when offered . Carry out by hand if it is only a few items. *See our campaign to Ban Plastic Bags in Yellow Springs, sign the petition!
PLASTIC FOOD WRAPPING AND CONTAINERS
- See our Bulk Food Page for ideas on how to cut down on plastic wrappers and containers when shopping for groceries.