Before you throw away a piece of “garbage” into the trash bin, have you ever thought of the following questions?
“Clothing from last season” - Resell, donate or swap with friends?
“Partially broken down home appliances” - Could we repair them?
“Leftovers or food waste” - Simply dispose of them in your trash bin?
“Styrofoam takeaway boxes” - Can we recycle?
“E-commerce plastic packages” - Can we reuse them?
What if trash has value?
Trash can be more valuable than we could imagine, we should not simply consider them just trash. On the other hand, we just need to know the correct ways of segregation, disposal, recycling, and we can save them from ending up in the landfills and extend their product life. We do not need to be perfect to kick off the first step, we could do it step by step to live a greener lifestyle.
“Clean first and decide later”
Before putting everything into your trash bin, how about trying to “Clean first and decide later”? This way might help you to reduce the amount of garbage significantly that you generate at home! No matter the takeaway containers, empty plastic bottles, or expired food and leftovers, you can simply clean them right after you use them. Like you instinctively wash the dishes after every meal. It would be even better if you could arrange a convenient, eye-catchy dish drainer in the kitchen or bathroom to dry those items whenever possible that could remind you to clean up all of your disposable goods until you make it as a habit. Besides, you could use the non-toxic disinfectant and anti-odorant spray HYGINOVA, human, animal and eco-friendly to sanitize paper boxes or other packages in good condition.
To achieve completely zero food waste sounds quite impossible to most of the people, INVISIBLE team highly recommends you to add a home composter to your shopping list! If you have any food waste, separate food and its packaging before putting them into your home composter, then you could turn your food waste into fertilizers in a couple of hours..Next step, after all those items are dried, you could start thinking about using them wisely!
Be creative and reuse them!
Be creative to reuse the packaging depends on the sizes, types, textures, and designs of these items. For examples, plastic-made, paper-made, or iron-made box-shaped containers can be reused easily for tidying up your cabinet and maximizing your storage. Besides, you can reuse the glass jars into pencil holder, cosmetics brushes storage, flower vase, herbs jars and more, and also reuse for bulk buying.
After rising the recyclables, you could set up a mini recycling bins at home. If you could not think of how to reuse them or have insufficient spaces for storage, you could do recycling regularly! In Hong Kong, Make good use of the recycling facilities and collection points in your neighborhood community, such as Green Community - Community Recycling Network has recycling stations, stores and spots, follow their guidelines to clean and sort out first. They are now collecting 8 types of recyclables, including small electrical appliances, fluorescent lamps and tubes, and rechargeable batteries.
Besides, you can also send them directly to different recycling companies. For beverage and milk cartons can be sent to MilMill styrofoam can be sent to the non-profit organization Missing Link- Polyfoam Recycling Scheme , and contact lens cases can be sent to Contact Lens Easy, and in order to reduce the extra work on sorting for the recycling companies as well as reducing the carbon footprint during transportation.
What’s more? You can also enjoy a hassle-free recycling experience, provided by The Loops, a door to door recycling service company. Collecting over 40 different recyclables all in one go, their team will collect, sort and send to different recycling centers in Hong Kong.
Finding a new owner!
During the annual cleaning or moving house, a lot of off-season clothing, older versions of home and electrical appliances in good condition are directly thrown away in the rubbish bin and create excess wastage.The best solution is to find another home for them by donating to charities or people in need. You can also sell them on Carousell or social media platforms. On the other hand, a swap platform Jupyeah is also a great idea for you to share preloved goods and exchange for goods shared by others in order to reduce waste and overconsumption.
Reduce waste at source: Regardless of locations
Regardless of whereveryou are, you can reduce waste at source as we are on the same planet that share the limited resources. Every time when you go out, bring your own reusable food container and tableware as well as reusable ziplock or food bags to shop at bakery or takeaway. If you do any outdoor activities, you could reuse the plastic bags as bin liners or prepare #INVISIBLEBAG Garbage Refill Bags, always remind yourself “Take Away Your Own Garbage”.