Shopping for Waste? Avoid it!

Today I went shopping and bought a week’s worth of waste.

Sounds silly doesn’t it! But every time we shop, we are buying things to throw away.

Most of us are familiar with the expression Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, but did you know it comes from a seven step nationally and internationally accepted waste hierarchy?

Here it is: Avoid, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover, Treat, Dispose.

The waste hierarchy allows us to simply prioritise, and guide, how we minimise and manage our waste.

Of course, Avoidance is at the top of the waste reduction challenge and the best place to start!

Here are a few ideas that may help you avoid waste at home, work and play:

  • Instead of using cling-wrap – use reusable containers with lids
  • Trade polystyrene cups – for washable cups
  • Instead of reaching for a tissue – use a handkerchief
  • Substitute new books – for second-hand or library books
  • Swap plastic crockery and cutlery – for washable items
  • Instead of using disposable batteries – try rechargeable batteries
  • Trade disposable nappies – for cloth nappies

There are many ways to reduce the waste we produce. Next time you’re shopping,
remember, you might be buying a trolley full of waste!