Waste reduction

If you would like to foster a healthier environment, there are some practical things you can do in your day-to-day life. Here are some helpful waste reduction tips:

  • Start recycling.
  • Start composting.
  • Avoid overconsumption and reuse things.
  • Opt for reusable bags (tote bags).
  • Opt for rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones.
  • Donate or sell used clothing.
  • Borrow or rent renovation/construction tools.
  • Extend the useful life of your objects. Objects can sometimes be repaired, including household appliances and electronics.
  • Reduce paper consumption in various ways: read articles/books on your computer, reduce the number of documents you print or print double-sided.
  • Drink tap water instead of bottled water; if you must drink bottled water, a reusable bottle is preferable to a disposable cup.
  • Eat less take-out food and cook at home instead.
  • Use reusable dishes and store leftovers in reusable containers.
  • Opt for larger-size formats (yogurt, cereal, etc.) and bulk products instead of smaller individual portions.
  • Avoid food waste by drawing up a list of weekly meals. Be sure to check expiry dates before purchasing packaged products.
  • Opt for eco-refill formats, which reduce the need for packaging. Ecofill products are usually household items such as liquid soap, shampoo and detergent.