War on waste

Following ABC's recent "War on Waste" television series, we wanted to know more about what everyday people do to reduce the amount of waste their households produce. We asked you what you thought, how easy it is to do, and what difference you feel you are making.

The program certainly had an impact, and uncovered some strong feelings about recycling and waste reduction. Clearly it tapped into an issue that for many is extremely important.

“Oooooooh.........I love this Topic and have been waiting for a hearty Discussion in which I can contribute and voice My opinion......!!!!"

For most, reducing waste is an everyday routine. Whether it's making good use of council recycling bins, taking re-usable bags to the supermarket, or using a worm-farm to dispose of food scraps, minimising waste is already well-ingrained in many people's households.

“I recycle everything I can. I buy clothes from op shops & donate my old ones. I renovate furniture, don't buy new things. & have things repaired, not thrown out to buy new ones"

However it's not always an easy thing to do. With time pressures and confusion about what can and can't be recycled, good intentions do not always translate into action. Doing the right thing takes organisation and dedication.

"I was very pro-active changing things around in my recycling habits but soon fell back into my old ways."

"I believe it is a matter of commitment. Once the mind is made up, then it is simply a matter of organisation & then sticking to a routine."

The biggest issue when it comes to reducing waste is that while people are doing what they can, the biggest contributors – large companies – are not pulling their weight. Through excess packaging, disposal of excess food, or other wasteful business practices, corporate Australia is seen to be ignoring the war on waste.

"Why does it always have to go back to the individual to try and make a difference, when it is really the fault of the manufacturers. They choose the cheapest packaging and always supply small packs of everything nothing in bulk."

"As usual is it is the big players; governments, big business, supermarket giants, fast food chains, etc, who make a massive impact and create a huge amount of waste but whose only concern is the bottom line who need to take more action, or be forced to take more action."

So it seems that Australians are already fighting this war and they want companies to join them in the battle, but they aren't listening. The question that we should be asking corporate Australia is this: what are you doing to join your customers in fighting the war on waste?

Last reply: 4th Dec 2018 / 24 replies / Post by Cafestudy Admin



Posted by: Ant450
Posted on: 21st Mar 2018

Ant450 says: I'm slowly making more and more changes to the way I shop and eat so as to reduce my waste footprint. I eat barely any meat anymore, and purchase my vegetables through a local organic farm that does a weekly subscription box (so everything is grown sustainably, ethically, locally, and is seasonal and not packaged in any plastic). I rarely need more vegetables, but if so I get them from a local farmer's market. I tailor my recipes to suit what I have on hand, including various bits we normally would throw out (e.g. making pesto with carrot tops, freezing a stash of vegetable scraps to make stock). For items like nuts/grains/dried fruit/flours I buy from the local bulk foods shop and bring all my own refillable jars (collected from food we've already eaten or bought from op shops if I come across a particularly cool one).

I now pretty much exclusively purchase second hand clothes (the exceptions being intimates, which I only purchase from companies that are practicing sustainable and environmentally friendly production methods).

I have lots of reusables. The regular ones like a keep cup, and reusable fabric bags and produce bags. I also use reusable sanitary items (Thinx period panties - it sounds like a gross idea but I am so so so glad I gave them a go). I did try a menstrual cup, and it was alright, but I am much more a fan of the underwear.

For toiletries and makeup, I am opting for plastic-free or DIY, or in cases where that's not possible I try to find brands using post-consumer recycled plastics.

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