In honor of Earth Month, this week we’re focusing on ways that creative reuse can help us waste less and live better. To say thanks for embracing reuse, every time you share a fact or tip you’ve tried out using our hashtag #learnmorewasteless, we’ll enter you into a drawing to win prizes, including a month of free produce!
- The average American generates 1.5 tons of trash per year.
- We recycle about 30 percent of our waste every year, even though close to 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable.
- We waste 21.5 million tons of food in the US every year. If we composted this food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road.
- Reuse your Imperfect box! Build a cat fort, help a friend move, use it to organize a closet, or as sheet mulching for a weed-free garden!
- Give leftovers a second chance. Turn hard bread into croutons or breadcrumbs, stale rice into fried rice, and vegetable scraps into homemade stock, frittatas, or stir-fries.
- Identify the disposable and replace it with the reusable. Find the parts of your life that are filled with disposable components that waste money and create waste (like plastic water bottles, plastic bags, razors) and make some positive changes! Invest in a reusable water bottle like a stylish hydroflask, reusable food wrap like Abeego or Beeswrap, and one of the many reusable razor options on the market. There’s never been a better time to fall in love with reusing things!