Reducing Waste

Reducing Waste


Finding a way to deal with our trash is one of the most important problems facing the world today. We create an amazing amount of garbage, and from landfills to ocean debris to highway litter, we can literally see it piling up all around us. So Greenhome wants to help you reduce waste by finding ways to throw away less.

Did you know?
  • Americans threw out 250 million tons of trash in 2010.
  • Industrial waste in the U.S. adds up to over 7.5 billion tons a year.
  • Packaging is the most commonly discarded item – it made up 30.3% of all waste.
  • 85 million single-use bottles of water are sold in the U.S. every day.
  • Every year American boaters dump over 400,000 tons of garbage into the ocean.
  • Americans threw out 4.43 lbs. of trash per person per day in 2010 – that’s almost a pound more than in 1980.
  • Glass and aluminum can be recycled indefinitely, but paper and plastic are eventually ruined by the recycling process.
  • Puente Hills – the largest landfill in the U.S. – receives over 3 million tons of trash a year from the Los Angeles area.
  • The U.S. started the Superfund program in 1980 to clean up areas contaminated with hazardous waste. As of 2010 there were 1,280 Superfund sites across the U.S.
  • The U.S. produces over 35 million tons of hazardous waste a year.
5 Easy Ways to Reduce Waste Every Day

1. Buy in bulk – throw away less packaging by buying in bulk then storing your food in reusable containers.

2. Go reusable – replace disposable items like water bottles, shopping bags, and towels with reusable options.

3. Chose compostables – skip disposable plates, cups, and cutlery in favor of compostable PLA and bagasse.

4. Pack a lunch – cut down on office trash by bringing your lunch in reusable containers instead of ordering takeout.

5. Donate – keep used clothes, furniture, and appliances out of landfills by donating them to local charities.

2 Responses to “Reducing Waste”
  1. crystal says:

    This so very important, I am currantly going to zero waste in my home. It’s an on going process and very difficult to get people/family members to understand. I recycle but are trying very hard to not bring much trash into my home.

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