Reduce

What is the best way to decrease environmental damage from pollution? The answer is simple. It is to reduce use at the source. By reducing our use of resources, we reduce the potential for waste production and helping to conserve valuable resources.

Frequently, this can be done by avoiding disposable, over packaged or single-use products.

Simple tips for everyday life:

  • Carry your lunch in reusable containers.
  • Put your groceries in reusable bags instead of plastic bags. [Local Supermarkets and Shopper’s Drug Mart have reusable supermarket bags for sale.]
  • Buy in bulk in order to eliminate excess packaging
  • Use cloth table napkins rather than paper napkins
  • “Lug a Mug!” – take a travel mug with you to the coffee shop
  • Instead of buying seldom used items rent them or share appliances with your neighbors. How often do you really use that steam carpet cleaner, shop vac, leaf or snow blower, circular saw or sewing machine? Chances are, many of your household appliances lie dormant until that time once or twice a year you pull them out for some special project. Why not start an appliance sharing program with some of your neighbors? You’ll save money, stretch scarce storage space and promote good will.
  • Have reusable plates, cups, and cutlery for picnics and parties.
  • Use reusable gift bags rather than paper wrap.
  • Use cloth rags and mops rather than one-time-use disposal products.
  • Buy only what you need, use all that you buy. Before you buy anything, ask yourself if you really need it.

Waste reduction at source is the most uncomplicated and efficient approach.

If waste is not created in the beginning, the waste control problem is not created either.