Landfills are a serious problem in most parts of the world. Many first world countries are fortunate to have infrastructure for the disposal of waste and recycling processes. However, many countries are still far away from having a system that disposes of waste ethically. Additionally, the habits of the people are the root of the problem. The culture to dispose is second nature to people. They don’t even think about it and they are blinded to its effects.
Environmentalists are doing their best to thwart the problem. But it is up to individuals to recognize the habits that are occurring in their household, their work and in their community so they can work towards developing a more eco-friendly environment.
The Japanese town of Kamikatsu has led the world by implementing a zero waste culture.
Zero waste practitioners are also gaining more popularity on the likes of YouTube and web media.
If you would like to make a difference, take a look at how you can change any habits that contribute towards unnecessary disposal and waste.
Avoid purchasing disposable items
This is one of the biggest issues that people face. In a world where the commercialisation of products dominate, people will make the choice to purchase a disposable item off the shelf or they are handed disposable items to use for a short time and then they dispose of it without thinking.
Simple things such as getting the disposable shopping bags from the supermarket, purchasing takeaway in disposable boxes or even purchasing a new electrical item in the box all leads to waste.
The core of the problem is in the packaging. However there are disposable items such as disposable spoons, plates, utensils, cups, towels and other items which are problematic as well.
The best thing to do is to avoid purchasing anything that is disposable. Instead, focus on purchasing items that are reusable and that ideally have no packaging.
- When purchasing fresh produce, place the items into a reusable bag or even a reusable box.
- If you purchase items such as sweets, flour, sugar or nuts, see if you can get it stored in one of the reusable glasses or jars that you have from your household.
- Instead of purchasing packed food items, purchase loose items or get something that is cooked fresh and is served with reusable items.
Setup a culture of recycling within your household
It’s important that all of the members in your household understand why they should recycle. You should implement a system that encourages the people within your household to recycle items easily. For example:
- Provide categorized bins where people can place their disposable items such as glass, plastic, paper and cardboard.
- Partner with an ink cartridge supplier that can also recycle the used ink cartridge.
- Dedicate an area of the home for people to place unused items that other people can go to and use.
Consume organic produce
One of the reasons people throw away a lot of packaging is because they don’t purchase organic items. If you purchase fruits and vegetables, they will naturally biodegrade into the Earth and you won’t have to purchase any additional packaging with them. Try to avoid purchasing items in cans, boxes or plastics. Instead, purchase fruits, vegetables, lean meats in bulk, eggs and wheat. Even consider cooking items at home rather than purchasing ready-made items.
You need to decide if you want to be a part of the solution or if you will continue to be a part of the problem. The next step is yours to take. Waste is killing the Earth and if people want to value the living conditions of future generations, they need to take action on their habits right now.