How to Reduce Waste in 2021
I love a good new year, new month, new moon, (whatever the excuse) to zero in on a fresh start. In fact, every day can be a fresh start and I find a sweet joy in that. As we move out of notorious 2020 into a kinder 2021, that call to start new feels especially strong. So, let's start again and renew our commitment together to our planet as we move into this new year.
While 2020 was a challenging year for most of us, Jarr took its first breaths this year with the intention to help make package-free living more convenient for people at home. We continue to pledge to make it easier and easier for you as we grow in 2021 and beyond.
So, what will it take to reduce waste in 2021 and make it more convenient for us all? We are here to help!
Here are six steps to reducing your household waste:
We unabashedly suggest zero waste delivery for 2021
Make package-free living the most convenient it can be by shopping online and having it delivered to your door. Take a look at what you are throwing out and buy your pantry staples like rice, pasta, legumes and sweet treats in returnable containers to reduce your packaging waste. Are we missing an essential pantry staple from your pantry? Let us know and we will see what we can do!
Collect zero waste supplies from around the house
When you start to go refillable, you will need jars, bottles and other containers to put your refillables in. No need to go out and make a big investment, use what you already have! Save old olive oil bottles to refill your new olive oil. Save shampoo bottles for your liquid shampoo, save laundry detergent bottles for liquid laundry soap, save spray bottles for your cleaners and deodorants. Tip: if you don't have one already, we recommend investing in a funnel to make pouring liquids from jars into bottles less messy and more convenient.
Change over your plastic household products for low waste alternatives
Switch out plastic sponges, dish scrubbers, toothbrushes and more with low waste alternatives made from plants. Bamboo toothbrushes and coconut scrubbers are great for reducing plastic waste that ends up in our landfills and oceans. Reusable beeswax wraps and bags are superior to plastic wrap and zip locks when it comes to preserving food.
Take the plunge and move from liquid soaps to solid soaps
While we offer both liquid and solid soaps. Liquid soaps mean that part of the environmental footprint is transporting water. Yep, liquid soaps are made up mostly of water. Bar soaps are no longer just for the bathroom sink, you can now find high quality shampoo, conditioner, dish soap and face/body soaps all in bar form. Truth be told, it's taken me a while to move from liquid dish soap to solid and my tip for folks is to start by having both on hand and slowing transition over time. Over the past few months my Make Nice solid dish soap has become an essential part of my kitchen supplies and I rarely reach for liquid soap as part of my regular dishwashing routine.
Reduce consumption of animal products
While this one can be controversial (and I love cheese as much as the next person), what isn't controversial is the data confirming the negative impact that eating animal products has on our environment. From excess GHG emission, to over fishing to rain forest depletion, to the packaging waste of meat products — reducing the amount of animal based products you eat (especially red meat) could be the fastest way to reducing your carbon footprint. It doesn't have to be "all or nothing," flexitarianism is gaining popularity as people increase their commitment to eating plant based foods. We suggest plant based alternatives like Coastie Craft's burger mixes to kick start a routine.
Set up a weekly meal schedule and stick to it. This will help reduce that last minute dash to the grocery store where you don't have a choice but to get that item in packaging. It will also help you reduce your food waste since you will ideally be buying only the items you need. Making food and coffee at home will also help you reduce take-out packaging (especially since many restaurants and coffee shops have stopped offering the option to use your own reusables). Shout out to the cafes and restaurants who are safely allowing folks to use reusables. We love you!
Let us know if you have any tips for reducing waste in 2021. We love hearing from you and knowing that you are passionate about making a difference this year too.
Happy New Year Everyone!
Emily Sproule is the founder of Jarr, a mom of two young school age children and an environmentalist doing the best she can with the time she has. Emily lives in East Vancouver, is passionate about business as a force for change and is excited to bring package-free grocery delivery to you.