The New Year isn’t the only time for setting resolutions. As you prepare for back-to-school season, why not set some goals for sustainability? Even if you don’t have children returning to school the transition of the season can be a good time to reset and reassess your consumption and waste disposal habits. As the busy summer winds down, what do you want to do this fall to waste less? As you shift to the new season you are automatically resetting your routines, which makes it the perfect time to make an intentional choice about what is important to you. But don’t get too overwhelmed, you don’t have to do everything all at once. Start with one or two new habits or routines and build from there. It’s better to do one small thing than nothing at all.
Some ideas for goals are:
- Buy clothing, backpacks, and other items secondhand. (More details in an upcoming article.)
- Choose reusable containers when packing lunches.
- Avoid individually packaged foods. Buy items in bulk and package in reusable containers at home to minimize waste.
- Create challenges with each family member competing to see who can waste the least.
- Start composting.
- Organize and commit to a mail-in recycling program for a frequently used hard-to-recycle material. (More details about mail-in recycling programs in an upcoming article.)