9 ways to make your household and community greener

In 2016, environmental activist Rob Greenfield performed a radical experiment: for a whole month, he walked around the streets of New York, wearing a plastic suit with large pockets, constantly filling them with all the garbage he created. He didn’t hesitate to accept anything that was offered to him during his stroll and shopping through the Big Apple: disposable caps, straws, brochures, plastic bags and takeaway food wraps. His claim was that trash is out of sight, out of mind; we throw it away – and immediately forget about it. Rob wanted to shock people by showing them, in this extraordinary way, how much trash we humans really create.

His unbelievably huge trash suit surely makes us wonder: How can we produce less trash? What can we do to live a more sustainable life?
Obviously, most of us can’t (or won’t) pay heed to everything we throw. But there are other ways to reduce our waste.
And no, wearing our trash is not one of them.

Here’s how to create a greener household and a greener community

1. Party greener

As 1.1 billion single-use plates and 4.25 billion pieces of cutlery are thrown away each year, there must be an alternative. Consider getting together with your neighbours to purchase several sets of multi-use tableware, which will replace the disposable items most of us use when we celebrate birthdays and other big events. This set can be shared with everyone in the neighbourhood; they will simply need to be loaned, washed after use, and returned.

2. Study greener

Use last year’s stationery and share your children’s textbooks instead of buying new ones.

3. Always greener

Use abandoned urban areas to create communal gardens, where you can grow the food you consume. These gardens have many advantages as reducing transportation costs and water waste, creating habitats and increasing your fruit and vegetable consumption by 37.5%.

4. Green bank

Products that are not frequently used, like drills, tents and ladders can be borrowed and lent among neighbors. Spend less, share more.

5. Second chance

Choose to purchase your clothing and furniture from second-hand shops and neighborhood garage sales.

6. It’s obscene to use the wrong bin

Discover and share information on the various types of recycling bins and what to put in each one.

7. E-Waste can be replaced

In order to reduce the world’s fastest-growing waste stream (50 million metric tonnes generated every year!), repair or pass on your outdated smartphones and computers and opt to purchase refurbished electronics.

8. Reduce water use

Install a low-flow showerhead, take brief showers and replace your yard’s natural grass with artificial turf.

9. Harness local business

Persuade the neighborhood supermarkets and stores to switch from conventional plastic bags to compostable packaging.

A BONUS TIP: Make the most of your compost

Either in your backyard or a communal garden, you can easily compost your food waste.

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