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Recycling is one of the first solutions to reduce waste. However, sorting centers are overflowing and not everything can be recycled. Over time, several other options have emerged to reduce the impact of waste that ends up in the environment.
Buying in bulk allows you to manage the quantity of products you need, in an effort to reduce food waste. With this in mind, priority should be given to foods that are at the end of their life. A spoiled food is not a food to waste: it is a food to cook. For example, a wilted orange bell pepper, if it cannot be eaten raw, will be even better cooked. With less water, it will take less time to cook, and will develop its natural sugars much better. This will allow the bell pepper to be much more tasty.
Bulk also avoids non-essential packaging. The cardboard and plastic in these packages are partly responsible for the excess of packaging in the environment. Have your own containers and reuse them!
Buying in bulk has several other benefits. Other than reducing food waste, this alternative can allow you to discover new flavors, since the products are displayed without packaging and are therefore easier to test.
Besides, you will never again be swayed by packaging that tends to embellish items and make them look good. In fact, the absence of packaging is the very principle of buying in bulk.
In 2020, several single-use plastic products were hit with a certain ban from the Ministry of Environment. Grocery bags, straws, utensils, stir sticks, can rings and food containers were mainly targeted by this ban. The ban on these items meant that other options had to be found.
To replace plastic covers, silicone ones are ideal! Also, real solutions to plastic cups exist. For example, 100% biodegradable cups or reusable eco-cups. These are also the most economical solutions. But the most sustainable option is to opt for a cup or a bottle.
To replace plastic straws, there are many simple and sustainable options. Straws can easily be replaced with washable stainless steel ones that won't rust. Bamboo straws are just as environmentally friendly and are almost as strong as stainless steel straws and are also reusable. There are also paper and cornstarch straws that are biodegradable and compostable.
Nowadays, whether at home or at the office, many of us still use coffee pods, which are made of plastic and aluminum. These pods are not easily recycled and are the source of a lot of pollution. Opting for a bean-to-cup machine offers multiple advantages. First of all, it is a plus for your wallet, since coffee beans are less expensive than pods. It also allows you to preserve the flavors, because the beans are ground on the spot.
Now you can ditch the cotton swab and opt for an oriculi. This small wooden stick with a thin, flat end is washable and reusable for years. Another zero waste alternative is the reusable cotton swab. This one is made of a rigid nylon stem and a washable medical silicone tip. Finally, you can also choose to use disposable cotton swabs, made of biodegradable cardboard, paper or bamboo sticks.