Waste Reduction

Reducing Packaging Waste

Packaging accounts for nearly a third of municipal solid waste in the United States, according to the U.S. EPA. Reduce your impact by:

  • Carry your own reusable bag, water bottle, coffee cup, straw, and utensils.  
  • Buy in bulk. This will save you money on top of reducing packaging waste.  
  • Buy loose products, such as fruits and vegetables, instead of pre-packaged packs.
  • When comparing similar items from two brands, choose the one with less packaging. 
  • Reuse packaging products, like paper and plastic bags, tins and wrapping paper whenever possible.

Prevent Edible Food Waste

The average family of four throws away $1,600 worth of food annually. Visit StopFoodWaste.org and learn to make small shifts in your lifestyle that will save you money and keep the valuable resources used to produce and distribute food from going to waste.

Food is too essential to throw away. Students from Jason Ewing's 5th grade class at John Green Elementary have transformed into Food Rescuer Action Heroes! Through their partnership with StopWaste's Food Too Good to Waste Action Project, they provide strategies and solutions on how to Stop Food Waste! Their video won "Honorable Mention" in the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and UN Environment's Make #NotWasting Food a Way of Life  video contest in 2017.

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