Do Your Part: Product Packaging
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Product packaging is a major problem in this country. However, making some simple choices when you shop can make all the difference in the world. Terri Bennett shows you how to Do Your Part when you shop.
Most people probably do not go to the grocery store saying, 'I think I’ll buy some trash today.' But depending on which products you choose, that’s exactly what you’re doing. Do Your Part to pick items with the least amount of packaging…or the kind that’s easily recyclable.
One of the best ways to reduce the amount of packaging trash is to avoid individually wrapped items such as snack packs and single serve containers. Instead, buy in bulk and individual washable containers that you can reuse again and again.
When shopping for produce, choose loose fruits and vegetables. This move will usually save money because prepackaged produce are normally more expensive. Remember to also save and reuse plastic produce bags from a previous grocery store trip and your purchase will have zero waste.
It is also smart to look for items such as dish soap and laundry detergents in concentrated formulas. The container size will often be smaller meaning they require less energy to produce and transport. It is also possible to buy soap and detergent in economy sizes with refillable dispensers to reduce packaging waste.
It is important to look for items which come in recyclable containers. It is usually easier to recycle a milk jug instead of a milk carton. Tuna cans are easier to recycle than tuna in foil containers. Aluminum and glass packaging are usually best because they can be recycled over and over again without a loss of quality.
Product packaging makes up almost a third of the waste people generate. When choosing between two similar products, Do Your Part to select the one with the least amount of packaging and in a container that can actually be recycled or reused.