Many scientists predict there’s going to be a tipping point soon where we as a “clever” industrious species essentially kill our own planet. This is NOT a sensational statement but the opinion of a large portion of our scientific community! A big part of why this is true this is the sheer amount of rubbish clearance we produce, much of which ends up in landfills, fills our atmosphere with greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane, and leaches toxins into our ground water and oceans. In fact, we have already created a crisis that is so dire it should be time for “all hands on deck” to try to fix this problem before its too late.
One way for you and your family to measure your positive contribution to our rubbish clearance problem is to take note each week of the volume and weight (density) of your rubbish removal. Can you cut the volume of rubbish in your bin back ten percent? Then twenty percent? Than all the way to fifty percent? Can you make your rubbish clearance bin weigh less each and every week, perhaps reducing it by fifty percent over the course of a year?
If you and your family want to become more ecofriendly and help save the planet, here are seven relatively simple changes you make in your lives that will allow you to achieve this goals!
1. Start a Garden Compost Pile
Food waste is always one of the biggest categories of rubbish clearance, especially by weight (density). While a box may take up a lot of volume in a bin, even if you break it down, food is far more dense. If you can put this food waste into garden compost pile instead of binning it, you will notice a big difference in your bin weight and volume! You’ll also help reduce greenhouse effect!
2. Avoid Buying Food In a Box, Bag, or Can
If you’re buying certain staples like rice, beans, flour, pasta, and nuts, there is no reason at all to buy these items in a box, bag, or can! You can take your own reusable containers to the store and buy these items from the bulk section, thereby eliminating a very high percentage of your rubbish which is food packaging! Furthermore, if you stop buying frozen or canned food, and instead make your own homemade food, and then freeze or can it yourself, the volume in your rubbish clearance bin will go down tremendously.
3. Buy Used Stuff Without Packaging
Many items we buy for the home or for play come in a box with lots of packaging. Therefore, if you buy used products instead of new ones, you’ll find that the volume in your bin goes way down. For example, if your toaster goes out, buy a used one at a resale shop. You’ll not only save money, you’ll do your part to save our planet! Of course, you should also be be sure to recycle your old toaster rather than tossing it in the rubbish clearance bin! To make sure these types of items get reused or recycled, you may want to hire Clearabee for your rubbish clearance service rather than depend on a local council.
4. Cut Back On Online Ordering
If you order from Amazon, Wayfair, or other online giants, you have surely noticed how much packaging you get with every order. It’s so bad, the packaging from a single item can literally fill up your entire rubbish clearance bin! There’s the outer box, often an inner box, the product box, and then all the protective bubble wrap, peanuts, and plastic. Imagine how much rubbish clearance you’ll save by just cutting your mail ordering down by ten to fifty percent, and instead, buying local. When you do buy locally, look for products that don’t use packaging or as much packaging!
5. No New Toys With Packaging
This is a way to get the kids to pitch in and get them thinking long term about the problems with packaging. Make it a rule that no new toys come into the house if they come with packaging in the store. So, for example, if the kids want to buy a basketball, pick one that does not come in a box! You can also encourage your kids to buy used toys instead of new toys so there is no packaging and they are keeping a used toy out of the landfill.
6. Wrap All Gifts in Reusable Scarves, Bandanas, or Bags
Another type of packaging that fills up our rubbish clearance bins is the packaging we put on our gifts. While it can be fun to rip into the wrapping on a gift, it’s just as much fun, perhaps even more fun, to get a gift where the packaging is actually part of the gift and completely usable! In fact, you can use this reusable “packaging” to pass it on to others in the gifts you give them.
7. Don’t Bin Your Clothes
Besides food and packaging, binning clothes is another LARGE category of rubbish that enters our landfills currently and is actually avoidable! So, instead of binning your clothes, drop them off at your favourite charity so they can be sold in a resale shop, reused, and the proceeds can go to charity. If you don’t have time for this, let Clearabee help! Call Clearabee and set up a time for a man and van service to take your clothes and make sure they are reused of fiber recycled rather than ending up in a landfill!