Reducing what you waste is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment.
From thinking differently about what you buy, to using re-usable items, to and composting at home – there are lots of ways to make a real difference.
What is Reducing?
Reducing is simply creating less waste. It’s also the best method for keeping our earth clean. Why? Because it stops the problem at the source. By making less waste in the first place, there’s less mess to clean up.
Here are a few ways you can help reduce the amount of waste you make:
Pack your lunch in a lunchbox instead of a disposable bag
Although it might be easier to throw away a paper or plastic bag than to carry around a lunchbox, disposable bags create much more waste. If you attend a regular British school that meets 180 days a year, and bring your lunch every day in a reusable lunchbox, you could save 180 bags. If all kids did that, think of how many less bags there would be in landfills!
Also, pack your lunch items in reusable containers instead of disposable ones. Instead of putting your sandwich in a plastic bag, try using some Tupperware that you can use again and again.
Ask your parents to bring their own bags when shopping
Many grocery stores now sell canvas bags that can be brought and reused over and over when shopping. Think about all the plastic or paper grocery bags that could be saved if everyone reused the same canvas bags to carry their groceries in!
Turn off lights when you’re not using them
Even though you might not be able to see the waste made from leaving on the lights, it wastes electricity and energy. Cutting back on the amount of electricity you use will not only help the environment, but it will save your parents money too.