Have A Blessed and Waste-less Easter (Mar. 2016)

how to reduce your waste at the family dinner

ecoeasterHaving a house full of family is so special, it also means tons of food and extra packaging waste. There is always going to be waste we cannot get away from (for now) however there are some easy things we can do to throw away less this Easter. Here is a list of wasteful items and zero waste alternatives.

Paper Plates / Plastic Utensils - Use regular dishes and utensils, if you do not have enough, grab a set really cheap at the Salvation Army, and if you don’t have room in the cupboard for sets of extra plates throw them in a box and stash them away until the next family dinner, even if you are not hosting next time you could offer to bring them, reducing waste over and over again!

Paper Napkins / Paper Towels - Use washable napkins and tea towels, you know the fancy napkins are sitting in the drawer for special events, well this is their time to shine!

Plastic Wrap / Tinfoil / Sealable Baggies - Use reuseable plastic containers and cooking dishes with lids. You could also invest in reusable cake/pie trays or bigger plastic pieces for these types of occasions. I grabbed a Corning Wear dish with a glass lid for roasting vegetables at the Salvation Army for $4!

Plastic Trays from Pre-cooked Foods - Use reusable containers and take them with you when you shop at a local bakery/butcher. If you do end up buying some save them for next time or fill them with your own home cooked goods. The same goes for chocolate too, find a local chocolate maker – your gonna thank me for this one. You will never eat factory chocolate again!

Grocery and Produce Bags - Let’s not forget our cloth bags just because we are not doing our regular grocery shop. Try to not use produce bags. I know that a lot of people are uncomfortable with this idea, so just try it for produce that you cut the skin off to eat (squash, melons, bananas, etc.).

We might have a lot of this stuff kicking around or we might have to invest a few bucks, but for every pound of plastic refused or reused we save a pound of climate pollution from entering our air!

Let’s also be sure to keep up with our good recycling habits too.  It is easy to get overwhelmed with waste from a large family feast and then just start tossing stuff into the garbage, so let’s have a plan to deal with it.

Happy Easter!

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