Companies need to use less packaging to start with and address multibuy offers, e.g. two packets of biscuits banded together (inside an extra layer of packaging) cheaper than two single packets of same biscuits. Supermarkets use paper bags rather than plastic for loose fruit and veg. More fruit and veg sold loose - no vacuum packed cucumbers for example.
Oct 18, 2017
One could reduce waste by raising awareness about the value of producing less waste, as well as by showing how enjoyable an attractive, litter-free environment could be. Everyone needs to work together: employees, parents, children, community leaders, CEOs, teachers, engineers, artists, councillors, waste collectors and managers... 1. Reducing needs How much do we really need? Awareness about the consequences of our consumption choices needs to grow. Rethinking our needs could help us in reducing our waste, be it household waste or energy and other utilities. For example, why buy more food than we can eat just because an offer is on, or because we can afford it? The planned obsolescence of countless products does not help, our society needs to shift to making durable goods again. That means being more satisfied with what we already have, and valuing simplicity over consumerist behaviours. Going for quality rather than quantity need not cost the earth nor jam the economy. 2. Improving our streets and public spaces Many neighbourhoods in Newcastle are blighted with litter. There is no silver bullet to the issue, but making streets and shared spaces more attractive could encourage everyone to look after shared space, such as backyards, back alleys and public spaces. Attractive pocket parks, trees, fixtures, playgrounds and safe streets can all improve the quality of our neighbourhoods. 3. Food waste collection Many local councils around the world collect food waste separately, compost it, and sell or give away the compost back to residents.