3 Eco-Friendly Habits for Low-Waste Living

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Those of us who live a low-waste lifestyle aim to use as little single-use plastics as possible. We use sustainable and reusable alternatives instead. Individuals who get into the low-waste lifestyle work to steadily replace everything from food packaging to hygiene products to clothing with more sustainable, plastic-free alternatives. If you're not sure where to start on your low-waste journey, check out these three easy habits that you can start today!

 

Here are 3 Eco-Friendly Habits for Low-Waste Living:

Eat Sustainably

Researchers at the Loma Linda University in California found that vegans have the smallest carbon footprint, generating 41.7% fewer greenhouse gases than meat-eaters do.

You can eat more sustainably by:

  • Choose sustainable seafood. Avoid seafood caught by trawl, longline, and dredging and choose wild-caught seafood whenever possible.

  • Limiting your consumption of animal products in general and experimenting with vegan and vegetarian alternatives.

  • Buy local and organically grown foods whenever possible.

  • Grow your own food.

  • Avoid foods with palm oil.

 

Reduce Your Food Waste

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, one-third of the food produced in the world is wasted. A total of 40% of this food waste happens at the retail and consumer level – contributing significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.

You can help reduce food waste by:

  • Keeping an updated list of your fridge, freezer and pantry inventory.

  • Avoiding take-out as much as possible.

  • Meal planning and only buying the foods that you will use.

  • Storing food properly to maximize shelf life.

  • Serving smaller portions.

  • Using your leftovers or freezing them for future “easy meal days.”

  • Giving away excess food to food banks, charities, friends, family, and/or neighbours.

 

Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

Recycling plastic takes 88% less energy than making plastic from raw materials. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the Earth four times. Only about 25% of the plastic produced in the U.S. is recycled.

 

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