Do You Know How Much Waste Your Family Creates?
Going grocery shopping, to the local farmers market, and even to the mall are all fun activities for the entire household. Not so fun is having to swipe your card with a hefty bill and then later realizing you dumped half of those groceries in the garbage either from creating too much food per meal (leftovers) or by having food sit and mold.
Waste consumption is piling up in landfills across the world. It’s an unfortunate truth that many households choose to ignore or simply do not know how to chip-in to fix the issue. Well, call us the #ExcusesNoMore team here at FRIDGE FRESH® because today we are going to discuss how much waste families create, how to implement strategies to chip-in and what local communities can do to educate one another.
How Much Waste Does a Family Create?
Waste management is an interesting subject because there are some things households simply cannot recycle and must throw in the garbage. It is up to each household to be strategic with purchases and daily activities to decipher, “Will this go in the garbage after I’m done with it or can I recycle this item?”
Did you know, on average a household of 4 in America is throwing away 40 pounds of garbage per week? That’s roughly 2,080 pounds of garbage in a year!
Just think, if each family could reduce their garbage by 10% each week, each household would save 208 pounds per year. While that may not seem like a large number, when you combine 208 pounds for each family, that reduces landfill waste by a significant amount!
So how can you reduce your household waste by 10% each week? Great question! Let’s discuss a few ideas you could implement now:
- Prolong fresh fruits and vegetables so your family can eat healthier longer and you avoid throwing spoiled food in the garbage.
- Make only portions your family will consume that day. Remove the need for leftovers to be stored in your fridge where they are forgotten, become moldy and then go in the garbage.
- Purchase recyclable material so you can re-recycle it after you are done using.
- Bring your own bags to the local grocery store instead of using plastic bags given.
- If you do have leftovers in your fridge, make it a habit to assign one day of the week as leftover only day and on this day you do not cook or allow other household members to eat anything not considered a leftover.
- Practice recycling any glass or plastic bottles/containers and reusing them in your home as vases, glasses, storage containers, bowls, cups, etc.
- Donate, donate, donate! By donating your kid’s old toys and clothes, you reduce the chances of them going to a landfill.
Local Communities Coming Together
They say two is better than one. In this case, we love that idea. When one family gets on board, another is sure to follow suit. So, how do you get other families on board with your ideas to save? By hosting a local community event. You could do a free event at your cities next food market and have a stand with educational tips or even host a local donation drive.
With a donation drive, you’ll ask for your community members to donate excess clothes, toys, canned items lying around (that they will probably throw away), old tires, metal items – the sky’s the limit! Each of these items that people believe are garbage are things that businesses are now re-using for city parks, utensils, crafts, and decorations. We don’t know a single business that would not love for their local community or even a community from another state, to bring them items that help their business thrive.
Purchasing a FRIDGE FRESH® unit can also help you reduce the amount of waste produced by your family and prolong the life of your fruits and vegetables.