This week I binge-watched a fascinating documentary called War on Waste. The three-part series explores Australia’s incredible ‘throw away’ society.
Australia, we’re one of the most wasteful countries in the developed world. Every year our waste is growing at nearly twice the rate of our population. And we’re using over 10 million plastic bags a day, causing a crisis in our oceans.
The documentary important tackles issues including food waste and how much we discard, the imperfect fruits and vegetables that don’t meet grocery store standards, rubbish and what items can be recycled and the amount of clothes that goes into landfill. It also challenges a set of families to reduce the amount of waste they produce, during one month.
It really is an interesting watch and I’d be tipping that you’d have a bunch of ‘Aha’ moments, that will get you thinking about how you’ve been contributing, and what you can do to reduce your impact.
It’s certainly made a big impression for me, and one thing I want to make sure I’m getting right is what goes into the recycling bin. There are some handy fact sheets on the Clean Up website that can help with this.
Reducing waste – what you can do
- Create shopping lists so you only buy what you need
- Consider composting food scraps
- Take reusable shopping bags, to reduce the amount of plastic you bring home
- Invest in a reusable cup. Check out Responsible Cafes for a growing list of Australian cafes offering a discount for reusable cups
- Consider good quality clothes that will last for many years
- Donate unwanted clothes to local clothing recyclers or goodwill
- Gather soft plastics and recycle them at local supermarkets
As well as the television show, there’s also a War on Waste podcast so you can keep up to date while you’re on the go.
I’d love to hear what you’re doing to reduce, reuse and recycle, and the tips you have to help with the War on Waste.
What do you do around the home to reduce waste?
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