I want to generate less trash, and I'm going to start with food. Looking over my grocery bill from almost two weeks ago, and analyzing my purchases, I have opportunities to generate less trash-
- Cottage Cheese - Plastic Tubs can be recycled, plastic film can't.
- Orange Juice - Can the carton be recycled? I usually throw it away.
- Cereal/Cheez Its - Wetboard can be recycled, plastic bag can't.
- Fruit/Vegetables - Plastic bags and twist ties
- Soup - Can tin cans be recycled? I think so, I don't remember.
- Chips - Chip bag was thrown away
- Guacamole Mix - Packages were thrown away
- Gatorade Bottles - Bottles can be recycled
- Frozen Pizza - Plastic and cardboard were thrown away.
- Plastic Bags - I think I had around 6 plastic bags for these groceries
I don't think this was a terrible amount of trash, but it could be better. One thing I'm going to do is order some reusable fruit/vegetable bags. I need to figure out how the weight is accounted for when checking out, and if the grocery stores will be OK with subtracting the weight of these bags. I also need to use reusable grocery bags. I have some, I'm just never good about remembering to bring them. This will just take discipline.
I will start with the reusable produce bags and grocery bags and go from there. I don't think all packaging is bad, because this keeps food safe, but like I said, I have opportunities to improve.