Going zero waste might seem a daunting task, but it is quite simple in actuality. Reducing waste is a great way to help the environment and yourself. The average American produces 4.3 pounds of waste per day, that is 1569.5 pounds per year; with about 285 million people in the US that it 447307.5 million pounds of waste produced, not including industrial waste. The whole world in 2020 we are estimated to produce 2.6 trillion pounds of trash, which is an equivalent weight of 7,000 Empire State Buildings. If we keep producing trash at this rate, it will fill a football field per second. Our oceans are even worse off, 14 billion pounds of trash are dumped into the oceans per year, killing around 1 million marine animals globally every year. By 2050, 937 million tons of plastic will be in the ocean and 895 million tons of fish, with plastic waste outnumbering the fish population by 42 million tons. Helping our Earth may seem tricky but there are so many things that we can do to help save the planet.
Using reusable bags–
On average we use 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags every year, by reducing the amount of plastic bags we can save thousands of animals every year. Making reusable bags instead of buying them is also a great way to reduce waste.
Reducing Food Waste–
Americans waste an average of 150,000 tons of food per day. By reducing the amount of food we waste we can drastically change your trash production, as one person typically produces a pound of food waste per day. Ways to combat the amount of food waste is by composting. Composting is an easy and effective way to get rid of food scraps or expired foods. Composting does require space and time, but there are also places you can drop off compost. Another way to reduce food waste is by repurposing old food dishes that you would normally throw away. Instead of throwing away extra tomato sauce, freeze it and save for another dish.
Buy In Bulk–
Buying in bulk is a great way reduce all the pesky single use plastic surrounding daily
Products. There are now stores that specialize in bulk, even allowing people to bring their own reusable containers. If buying in bulk seems unreasonable, there are many other ways to reduce waste. Such as, being cautious of how much waste the product produces, or keeping an eye out of recyclable containers.