DIY Ways to Reduce Food Packaging Waste

Food packaging waste is one of my pet peeves. These are some
DIY ways to reduce food packaging waste, like the amount of
paper and plastic, that you bring home from the grocery store.

Food packaging waste is one of my pet peeves. These are some DIY ways to reduce food packaging waste, like the amount of paper and plastic, that you bring home from the grocery store.

If you’re trying to produce less waste, the grocery store
is a great place to start. Food packaging waste is a serious
environmental issue
. Every year, we throw away about $11.4
billion worth of food packaging, and that figure doesn’t even
include the food packaging that you recycle. That’s just what’s
going to landfills.

There are lots of non-DIY ways to reduce food packaging waste,
like bringing a reusable bottle instead of buying bottled water
or skipping the produce bags when you’re buying things
like apples and potatoes that are just fine floating loose in
your cart.

Buying in bulk is another great way to bring less trash home
from the grocery store, especially if you have reusable
containers to take home your bulk beans, grains, fruits, and
veggies. There’s a DIY solution to that problem in the list
below.

Even if you don’t have a zero-waste grocery
store
where you live, you can still cut back on food
packaging waste by cooking from
scratch
, buying in bulk, and saying no to disposable bags
at the checkout.

DIY Ways to Reduce Food Packaging Waste

1. Reusable
Snack Bags
– Forget the individually-wrapped
grab-and-go snacks! Buy (or make) your snacks in bulk,
then pack them to go in these easy-to-make fabric bags instead.

2. DIY Produce
Bag
– When you’re shopping for produce or bulk
items, skip the plastic bag from the roll and whip out these
lightweight DIY produce bags again.

3. Market
Tote
– I know: reusable grocery bags are like
Going Green 101. But as long as people are still choosing
between paper and plastic at the checkout, this is one that
needs mentioning.

4. DIY
Food Wrap
– We also generate food packaging waste
at home when we use disposables to store and wrap our food. If
you’re not putting your leftovers into storage containers with
lids, you can wrap them in homemade food wrap instead of saran
wrap!

5. Cloth Lunch
Bag
– Never buy a pack of paper lunch bags again!
This cloth bag is cuter AND less wasteful. Wins all around.

This article originally appeared at Crafting a
Green World
; republished here with permission.

Food packaging waste is one of my pet peeves. These are some DIY ways to reduce food packaging waste, like the amount of paper and plastic, that you bring home from the grocery store.


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