One of the fundamental steps to make our lifestyle more sustainable and respectful of the environment is to reduce the amount of waste we produce. Such as? The answer is given by Greenpeace Mexico which draws up a list of tips to reduce garbage to zero through green behavior.
The solution, the association argues, is not to burn waste but to dispose of it properly through separate collection and, above all, to avoid waste.
Avoid single-use plastics
The first rule is to buy unpackaged products, choose shops that sell loose items, detergents on tap or, in any case, where the packaging is reduced to a minimum. Avoid plastic and choose products sold in reusable, possibly glass, or returnable packaging.
Consume zero kilometer products
Opt for the short food supply chain, i.e. consume zero-kilometer foods, produced close to where you live. This will decrease the use of resources for transportation and sale. Furthermore, the short supply chain avoids the use of plastic packaging to protect food and products, which ends up immediately in the trash. Many stores that sell bulk products allow you to refill or reuse your empty containers.
Reuse and recycle
Before you throw something away, ask yourself if it can still be useful to you. For example, instead of throwing away ice cream tubs, use them as food containers – they’ll be perfect for storing your food in the refrigerator or taking it to work or school. Extend the life of all products before buying new ones, especially in the case of electronic equipment, clothes and shoes.
Buy less and consume better
Before buying anything, ask yourself if you really need it. Each consumer product needs a lot of natural and human resources for production, transport and sale. Don’t buy something you won’t use. In some cases, you can opt for DIY and independently produce commonly used products such as scrubs and face masks, hair dyes, toothpaste.
An ecological way to recover organic residues at home is to make compost. Collect the wet waste in a container suitable for completing the composting process and use the proceeds to fertilize your urban garden.