Let’s talk some trash!
Well, not that way. Let’s talk about making less trash. Less trash than the one tonne per year the average Australian is sending to the landfill. And so much of this waste is food-related (packaging, anyone?).
Hold on – what about all of those keep cups? Well, they only work if you remember to use them! Same goes with the reusable tote bag you almost definitely own. If you’re hip, maybe even a steel straw. The point is, we all need a little reminder every once in a while.
FoodFaith isn’t here to reinvent the wheel – by now most of us know what’s tried and true. But if you’ve ever experienced packing a tote bag only to leave it the car, or putting some silverware in your backpack and taking the plastic anyways, you know that buying the supplies is only half the battle.
So, here is our three-part guide on going zero-waste to refresh your memory! And most importantly, on how to actually implement these habits into your daily lives. Let’s review. Starting with . . . the household!
· Grow herbs yourself at home that you use the most. Pick up a few pots from the nearest grocery store or gardening centre next time you see them. Here is a guide to growing them indoors.
· Compost. Talk to your local council about it, some might give you compost bins! See if your neighborhood has a community garden, and ask them about it too. Use ShareWaste to find where your scraps can have a second home if there’s no compost collection in the area. This is a simple guide to going a step further than a bin and actually start composting scraps.
· Sort your food packaging better. Whilst most of us know the basics of what’s recyclable, step up your game and review this with the household. Consider printing this list of Do’s and Don’ts and leaving it by the kitchen bin.
· Instead of buying mason jars for storing bulk foods, clean out and reuse the ones you already have once they’re empty. Think pasta sauce or jam jars.
· Switch from paper towels to cloth rags. Our purchasing power can take money away from large industries who churn out much more waste than us, like single-use paper.
· Read up on Youth Food Movement’s SpoonLed Food Waste resources to help minimise your food waste. Post a sticky note in the kitchen to remind you to use these methods.
· Last but not least, talk to your family members about reducing waste! The more people who know, the less rubbish there is.