I believe this planet we call Earth was given to us by its Creator to love and look after.
I’m not a tree-hugger.
I use antiperspirant.
I wear a bra. (Too much information?)
And I don’t keep all my scraps in the freezer to make into one big pot of soup ( I tried that once. It was gross.)
But I do think there are things we can reasonably do to protect our planet from becoming the trash covered dump portrayed in movies like Wall-E.
3 Little Things We Can Do to Save Our Landfills
Buy reusable bags
Every year we use over 9 billion plastic shopping bags in Canada. That’s 17,000 bags a minute.
That’s a lot of bags.
The average plastic bag is used for five minutes to carry purchases home, yet these single use plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to break down!
I know Canadian grocery stores have started to charge 5 cents a bag deter people from using plastic bags. The hope is that this will encourage people to buy and bring their own reusable shopping bags.
Just one cloth bag, during the course of its long and prosperous lifetime, will eliminate the need for more than 1000 plastic bags! (source)
Seems like a good idea to me!
I’m still not sure where that 5 cents goes though.
Compost food waste
We spend a ridiculous amount of money on food. Some stats say that as much as 25% of that gets thrown out (source) with almost all of it landing at the dump. The problem with that is there is no air circulation at the dump and the food can’t break down well.
Applying finished compost returns nutrients to the land, holds moisture in gardens and on lawns, contributes to watershed health by controlling run-off and naturally fertilizes and provides structure to the soil. (source)
Composting also means less junk in the landfill!
Donate to local and national non-profits at Value Village
If something is in decent shape but it’s just not your style or doesn’t fit anymore, don’t you dare throw it in the trash!
Drop off donation centers are everywhere.
Keep a bag or box in your entry or hall to collect items as you go through seasonal wardrobe changes or organize your space. This makes it really easy to grab and go when you want to make a drop off.
The bonus is that most of these places, like Value Village, help other people and charities as well!
So I challenge you to think before you just lazily toss something in the garbage.
Use one of these ideas instead!
Do you have any more ideas for saving our landfills and our planet?