The typical American produces 4.5 pounds of trash every day. That's higher than any other country in the world. All of these items use resources, create pollution and release carbon in their production and transportation to market. Many of them are not reusable or recyclable. The number one way to help the environment is to reduce waste by never purchasing or using these items in the first place.
There are several small things each of us can do every day to reduce our waste.
The average American uses more than 150 plastic water bottles a year, choose a reusable metal or glass water bottle to reduce the impact of plastic production and disposal.
Choose reusable grocery bags every time you go shopping, or a reusable coffee cup for your morning buzz.
Consider repairing your devices instead of buying new ones. Repair can be especially helpful as it can extend the lifecycle of devices and reduce consumption meaning less waste and less money spent on having to buy a new product. King County, Zero Waste Washington and Repair Economy all have resources and support for repairing your devices.
If you have electronic devices that need disposal, consider reaching out e-waste recyclers such as Recology or 1GreenPlanet.
Issaquah hosts collection events and repair events several times a year — subscribe to our calendar and keep an eye out for alerts.
People in the United States on average throw out more than 34 billion pounds of used textiles a year with about 66% of it ending up in landfills. When it comes to clothing, consider the following to reduce your footprint:
Buy less! Before going out to buy something new, ask yourself if you really need that item.
Shop at thrift stores or consignment shops. There are also a variety of online thrift stores, such as Thredup and Poshmark.
Use Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or Mercari to sell or buy second-hand items in your local area.
Americans waste 25 percent of all food purchases representing $1,600 a year. When we throw away food, we're also wasting all the energy, water, and other resources used to produce, package and transport food to our plates. Use our Food: Too Good to Waste Toolkit to learn how to reduce food waste in your home. Reduce your environmental impact and save money.