3 Simple Steps to Throw Away Less Trash
Did you know that every piece of plastic ever made still exists?
That's right, it takes close to 500 years for plastic to decompose. That means the 8.3 BILLION tons of plastic humans have made, used, and thrown away is still rotting away somewhere on planet Earth.
More often than not, this plastic ends up in our oceans killing wildlife and destroying natural ecosystems.
In fact, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the very survival of our planet.
It's a sobering thought.
Luckily we have a few simple ways for you to cut back on your plastic use.
1. Let It Breathe!
Think back to the last time you were grocery shopping. You're in the produce section pushing your grocery cart, and you see a mountain of avocados with a huge sign that reads $.99 for 3 organic avocados. WHAT! You immediately pull a few plastic bags and go nuts. What. A. Deal!!
Pause for a second.
Do those avocados really need that plastic bag?
Now think about the onions, potatoes, jalapeños, you throw each of them in a plastic bag only to throw it away after ONE USE. What's the point!
Ditch the single use plastic and let your produce strut their stuff. Let their freak flags fly and the planet will thank you for it! And your tomatoes will be fine, just remember they grew in dirt ;)
Did you know that close to 40% of all food grown in the United States is THROWN AWAY. We're talking about perfectly edible food that gets tossed in the garbage.
To put this in perspective, 1.4 BILLION football fields worth of land is used to grow food that is thrown away.
What a massive waste.
Of course, you can try to save your food in tupperware, or cook your leftovers, but most of these solutions are short lived.
Instead, call your local composting company, pay $15 a month, and start witnessing how much food you actually throw away every single day.
Instead of going straight to a landfill, when you compost, your food scraps will be turned back into organic soil that can be used to grow food. Call it the circle of life.
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3. Look for the Alternative
There are more and more companies popping up that are determined to avoid plastic-use in their packaging. Next time you need to pick up a water bottle at Whole Foods, shift your gaze to Mountain Valley, which bottles its water in glass instead of plastic. Unlike plastic, glass jars don't contain harmful chemicals that contaminate your water or food. They also don't take 500 years to decompose!
Even household items like soap, you can find packaging-free options at stores like Lush, Whole Foods, and Bath & Body Works.
Next time you're buying detergent, scan the shelf for the option that has cardboard packaging instead of plastic. Or, hint hint, if you're buying meal prep, buy from the company that packages in glass, not plastic.
Now I might as well plug our company at this point. At Prep to Your Door, we save THOUSANDS of plastic containers every single week by packaging our meals in glass. Not to mention the carbon pollution we save by buying local and organic. Our food doesn't travel thousands of miles, because we buy as much as we can from our own backyard.
Our committment to avoiding plastic use is just one example of our mission to build a completely zero waste business. Eventually, with your help, we want to build the first food chain in America that has a net zero impact on the environment. That means zero fossil fuel emissions, zero food waste, and absolutely no plastic use.
It's quite a challenge, but we are more than up to it. Heather and I didn't leave Harvard to tackle small goals. We want to make food that dazzles you in more ways than one