Do you want to reduce waste in your home? Let’s start with why you should. Waste - in particular, single-use plastic - is everywhere. It’s filling up our landfills, polluting our oceans, and harming wildlife and it can take several hundred years to break down. The good news is that much of the waste we generate can be avoided once we become aware of where it is coming from and, really, get creative to find ways to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot. Learn more about these 5 R’s of Waste to get started, and then, get green and dive into reducing waste in your home!
Looking to start from the beginning, or review the basics? This online workshop Zero Waste 101 - How to Live Plastic Free hosted by Reimagine Co will provide an introduction to zero waste. This workshop is packed with easy tips to live more sustainably from the comfort of your home! A recorded version of this webinar will be available soon.
Food waste can be broken up into unavoidable food waste (food that can’t be eaten like used coffee grounds, bones, and shells) and avoidable food waste (food that could have been eaten, like leftovers or food that has reached its best before date). A whopping 63% of food waste in the home is avoidable food waste! Learn how to reduce your food waste, your environmental footprint, and save your money by:
Check out this free downloadable cookbook with yummy recipes designed to prevent food waste, written by the Guelph Family Health Study. Download Rock What You’ve Got: Recipes for Preventing Food Waste here.
Make a garden with your kitchen scraps! If you are looking for ways to repurpose your compost, or are unable to compost, try this family-friendly activity to grow your own food and reduce food waste at the same time.
Put waste in its proper place! The Recycle Coach App makes it easy to learn how to sort your garbage and recycling to prevent contaminated recycling. Visit the Recycle Coach here.