Did you ever pick up a bunch of freebies from a convention, only to toss them aside after you get home? You really didn’t need all of those free pens, yet you picked them up anyway. What you could have done is to refuse to take them simply because you don’t need them.
When you don’t own much, you have less to upkeep, fix, store, and throw away. Having less means adopting a simpler way of life. You don’t need to possess so many things. Consider letting go of items that you really have no use for so that others who might need them can have a chance to get them.
You might already be practicing the “reuse” concept when you take a reusable shopping bag to the supermarket. However, there are many other “one-use” things in your life that have counterparts which are more sustainable. Whenever you can, always choose reusable items over one-use items.
If you have something that cannot pass the first three tests, then it must be recyclable.
“Rot” is meant for food waste and things that you can compost. When something rots, it decomposes, and the basic elements leftover get reabsorbed into the ground and fertilize the land.
The kitchen generates a huge amount of waste. Think about the packaging of ingredients and any food that is not eaten. These are two big contributors to kitchen waste. Shopping for groceries can add to that if you always end up with a pile of disposable shopping bags. Consider these suggestions in cutting down kitchen waste: