7 simple steps to prevent waste generation
- Today, the concepts of recycling and precycling are current. Recycling is the reprocessing of packaging and the reuse of an old product, but sometimes with a new purpose. Precycling aims to create absolutely no waste. Precycling implies the absence of waste. You should always have a canvas bag when you go shopping. Visit markets as often as possible. Shopping in stores without packaging saves a lot of plastic waste. The occasional order of packages with local products is also useful in the precycling process.
- Dowcycling describes that a material loses its original quality during the first use. This is the case with plastic (which has fewer molecules after the first use). However, plastic should not be burned, but products should be kept in flow (by depositing them in waste separation boxes).
- Upcycling is also a recent term. It means raising the quality of an existing object and creating something new and better from waste. People save all kinds of waste and later recycle it into completely new objects.
- Use beeswax cloths to cover food (containers with food in the fridge and pantry, etc.) instead of aluminum foil and foil to maintain freshness. Due to the beeswax, the cloths have an antibacterial effect.
- Buy products in bulk (without packaging). Then transfer the purchased food into airy containers (which are also moth-proof). These can be jars with screw or pressure lids. These jars are durable and useful. Wash the old jars first (with hot water and a little liquid dish detergent), it is best to wash the rubber rings from the jars by hand so that they do not become porous.
- Old jars, containers, empty jars with lids, paper bags and cotton bags with closures – it is best to keep them in a larger canvas bag. Try to find a grocery store without packaging, i.e. unpackaged groceries. Buy here according to needs (so unnecessary food surpluses are not created). Most stores with goods without waste packaging (that is, not packed in packaging) offer returnable bags and jars.
- Shopping in stores where goods are offered without waste packaging is not complicated. It is similar in the markets where most of the goods are on the stalls. The goods are in large dispensers, containers or you can put them in your own containers using tubes. The customer independently determines the quantity of goods. If you bring jars and containers, then weigh the dishes separately and stick a label with the weight, and then weigh the food. Stick the weight label back on. At the register, the filled containers are weighed again and their weight is subtracted from the total weight.