Waste Not, Want Not: Shopping for recyclable and reusable products

El Paso News

It’s a trend changing the dynamic of many businesses and households across the U.S.: living waste-free.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed that the majority of the trash that I create comes from the kitchen. In an effort to reduce the amount of waste I use in my own home, I’m going to make a grocery list with only items that I can either compost or recycle. Off the top of my head, I can already think of two items I can buy that I can compost: apples and bananas.

This process is probably going to drastically change my diet. After taking a look inside my refrigerator, you’ll see that the majority of the food that I have in here comes in plastic packaging so I can’t really recycle that. I do have a couple items that come in cartons, however, there’s plastic on many of those items.

I can compost eggshells, however, the eggs I have in my fridge come in styrofoam packaging and I won’t be able to recycle or reuse that. The focus now shifts to buying items that come in glass jars that can be reused over and over again. 

That’s just the kitchen.

As we move into the bathroom of my home, I realized how much waste is created in that small room alone. Soaps, shampoos and even loofahs may be difficult to find in reusable packaging or natural containers. 

*As part of a nine-day special report, Estefania Seyffert is challenging herself to live nine days waste-free. In her first day of the series, she shows us how shopping for reusable and recyclable goods is one of the first keys. 

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