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Why is reducing waste important?
Not only does it cost a lot of money, energy and natural resources to manufacture and transport new products, it also costs a great deal to process these products as waste once we’re done with them. The more rubbish we put in the ground, the more our landfills release toxic gases and substances that contribute to climate change, can kill plants and animals and contaminate our water supplies.
- Take out of your wardrobe anything that is non-clothing and put it in a different storage space. Remove all the out-of-season clothes and pack them away in storage bags.
- Now the difficult part: Remove any clothing/ shoe or accessory items that:
- Plastic food containers: can be replaced with glass, porcelain or stainless-steel containers, particularly for hot food or liquids. Research has proven that harmful chemicals in plastic can leach into your food (or liquid) during storage, especially when heated. There is also evidence that some acidic foods can cause leaching even without being heated.
Also, avoid the microwaveable polycarbonate plastic food containers. Polycarbonate is strong and durable, but over time it may break down from overuse at high temperatures. Glass meal prep containers do not have this issue due to its non-porous surface. Moreover, by removing the plastic containers from your kitchen cupboards, you create more space and less clutter (how many of these plastic boxes do you actually use?)