Most of us feel at least a little guilty when someone brings up words like “green,” “environmental impact,” “carbon footprint,” etc. Why do we feel guilty? Because we know we aren’t doing enough to help the Earth.
But when you make a few small changes, you won’t have to feel that familiar pang of guilt. These ideas for reducing your personal impact on large landfills such as the Arrowhead Landfill in Uniontown, AL are easy to incorporate into your life — starting today. Pick one or two, and get going.
Real ingredients, like fruits and vegetables, come with little to no packaging. Processed foods, on the other hand, sometimes have more packaging than product. (Potato chip, anyone?)
You don’t have to completely eliminate processed or packaged foods, but the more you try to cook healthy recipes, the fewer packaged foods you’ll be buying. Not only will you send less waste to the landfill, you’ll feel healthier too!
Plastic bottles can quickly fill up our landfills, and of the 50 billion bottles of water sold each year, a whopping 80% end up in landfills, even though they’re recyclable.
Just don’t go there. It’s the rare occasion when a plastic water bottle is necessary. Plan ahead and purchase enough reusable water bottles so you won’t find yourself in a plastic water bottle situation.
And on those rare occasions? Recycle the bottle, for goodness sake!
Speaking of recycling, almost every one of us can beef up our recycling efforts. Maybe your area of town recycles everything but glass. Keep a bin under your sink for any glass, and make a weekly or monthly trip to recycle the glass yourself. You can even encourage your neighbors and split the driving responsibilities every week.
Not only are typical cleaning products filled with dangerous chemicals, they also come in bulky packaging that has to be disposed of — often in a landfill.
Make your own cleaning products from baking soda or vinegar. You’ll get the sheen you want for less money and less waste.
Most of the time, it isn’t hard to find packaging that’s been made from recycled materials because companies like to boast (on their packaging) about their green choices. Try to choose products and packaging made from recycled materials whenever you can. It will only add a few seconds to your purchasing decision.
We really don’t have excuses to use plastic bags at the grocery store. Reusable bags can cost as little as a dollar, and they’re sturdier than their landfill clogging counterparts. If you keep forgetting to bring them into the grocery store, set an alert on your phone. Have the alert tell you to grab your bags from the trunk every time you arrive at the grocery store.
When you throw your kitchen scraps in the garbage, you’re missing out on an amazing opportunity to keep your garden thriving. Learn how to compost with your kitchen scraps and enjoy delicious vegetables from your garden all summer.
Going on a cleaning binge? Purging old movies, clothes, and toys? Don’t send them to the landfill. Remember that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Donate to the thrift store, instead of filling up your local landfill.
It doesn’t take much to reduce your impact on the local landfill. Commit to making a smaller impact by being more conscious of your decisions.