March 

"How to Dispose of ____" Month

Using reusable and sustainable products are very important to saving the environment, but using only eco-friendly products is not a realistic ask in todays society. When you do use disposable single use products, how do you dispose of them properly? This months challenge will help you understand how to dispose of products properly. There are too many situations where people throw away recyclable items without knowing it, this is hurting the environment greatly. Join us this month to learn and educate the public on how to dispose of items properly.

 WEEK 1: 

Write down, draw, or paint a guide by your trash, recycling, or compost bin, to help you dispose of items properly in  your house hold. You can copy off the information off of this document and then make the guide to best fit your household. 

Here are some resources of what is recycle, trash, or compost:

Here is an example of a guide you could use! 

 WEEK 2: 

Now that you have a guide for your household, how can you help everyone else do the same thing? There are a few options you can choose from:

  • ​​​​​Post your guide on social media with the hashtag #howtodisposeof and provide the links to the websites provided in week one. 

  • Contact your local government and talk about implementing guides in stores to help people better understand what to put in each bin. 

  • Teach your friends and family how to dispose of items properly. This will start a chain of people who know how to dispose of items properly, this will impact the environment in a great way. You can make a difference from the comfort of your home!

 WEEK 3: 

Start your own composting bin at home! Here's how to do it:

Composting is so important to fighting for a cleaner environment, "Right now, most food waste in American ends up in landfills, which prevents it from decomposing properly. “When biodegradable waste ends up in landfills, it decomposes anaerobically (without proper air flow) and produces greenhouse gases, particularly methane, that affect the climate,” How to Compost for Beginners | Help Around the Kitchen : Food Network | Food Network

 WEEK 4: 

Now you know how to dispose of items properly, your carbon footprint is going down! Here's a challenge, see how little waste you can produce. Not sure how to reduce your waste? We got you:

  • Stop using plastic bags, "Instead of relying on your supermarket’s plastic bags, bring your own cloth ones to pack up your items and tote them home." But what if you need to use a plastic Ziploc bag or saran wrap? Use beeswax wrap, reusable bags for produce, or even use compostable bags. 

  • Start relying on reusable containers "Once you start buying only what you need, take it to the next level by storing food properly, which will extend its life and keep things fresh for as long as possible." 

  • Learn to repair instead of throwing items "buying a few high-quality items and repairing them when necessary is so much better for the planet than buying loads of cheap, disposable stuff."

  • Cancel unecessary mail. Ever had so many magazines or random letters from companies that you end up recycling anyways? Stop that at the source, cancel the mail and save paper.

 

See more at: 9 Simple Ways To Reduce Waste In Your Home | HuffPost Life

 Tag us in your posts @dearearthteam when participating in the challenges!