Store Diversion

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Below are some common items that are discarded to the landfill. There are plenty more we just don’t have listed. Shopping with a zero waste mindset isn’t easy, but it is the root of truly making a difference.

Tracking: Below are some suggested ways to track. How you track your discard diversion is mostly up to you. If you want to just generally look at your trash can after waste diversion and estimate how full it is, that works too. For example, after waste diversion practices, my trash can was half full compared to a normal week without diversion practices. Same could be applied to your recycling bin!

Over Packaged Goods

Tip: Try to purchase less packaged goods. Usually box goods have extra packaging over bagged goods. If you often buy a certain cereal, try buying the cereal in a bag.  Or maybe buy the produce that isn’t packaged.

Tracking: When making this choice, track how many over packaged goods that you refrained from buying.

Tip: Buy in bulk of non-perishable food, especially when it is necessary. Bring your own jars and fill up in the bulk section.

Tracking: Estimate the amount of packaging you are preventing from being landfilled

Tip: Shop at local farmers’ markets, bring your own bag, and really avoid over packaging for fresh goods.

Tracking: Estimate the amount of packaging you are preventing from being landfilled. You also could track how often you shop at the farmer’s market too.

Plastic Bags

Tip: Store reusable bags in your car and use these whenever you go shopping.

Tracking: Per week, estimate how many plastic bags you refrained from by using reusable bags.

Spoiled Perishable Food

Tip: Shop frequently and only buy what you need. Also, try avoid good deals if you won’t end up consuming it before spoilage.

Tracking: Track how often you grocery shop and estimate the amount of perishable food you are preventing from spoilage


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