Did you know that in Ontario we each dispose of an average 2 kg of waste every single day? This means that up until today, Monday, October 16th, each of us has created approximately 578 kilograms of waste in 2017 alone.

We can change this! We cannot rewrite policies and regulations overnight, but we can change our behaviour, and our impact!

The first step to reducing waste is asking ourselves where this 2 kg of waste comes from. What we dispose of as waste will vary from person to person based on our wants and needs, but the source of our waste is the same: our daily production of waste comes from our daily consumption and disposal of everything we eat, drink and use.

Disposable drink cups, straws, plastic cutlery, grocery bags, food containers and any kind of plastic wrap are obvious contributors to our waste weight. We use these items once, and they go on to exist forever.

Every year, there are at least eight million tonnes of plastic that leak into our oceans. That’s the equivalent of dumping the content of a garbage truck into the ocean, every single minute.

Thankfully, the solution to single-use consumption is straight-forward. We can easily opt for re-usable cups, mugs, cutlery, grocery bags, food containers, and wraps.

Doing so is an important and awesome first step – so let’s start our Waste Reduction week by focusing on how we are consuming every day, an introduce re-usable items in our daily lives.

Happy Waste Reduction Week everyone! 

Let’s do this.

Julie

Sources:

To find how much waste we’re producing, daily, in Canada: Statistics Canada, Waste Management Industry Survey: Business and Government Sectorshttp://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/16f0023x/2013001/part-partie1-eng.htm.

The impact of Plastic on the world: World Economy Forum, The New Plastic Economy, Rethinking the Future of Plastics. http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_The_New_Plastics_Economy.pdf