Waste and trash accumulation is an unfortunate reality of our everyday lives. According to the EPA, one person can generate up to 4 pounds of garbage daily and only recycles and composts about 35% of it. That’s alarming—and something we should strive to improve.
Armed with the right resources, you can fight back and empower yourself and others to be kinder to our planet, even with small actions. This Earth Week, discover new ways you can be greener in your everyday life, and make sure less ends up in the landfill and more gets reduced, recycled, and reused.
Here at EAT Club, we want to be a part of that solution and support a greener way of life. We believe that being friendly to the environment starts at lunch! That’s why all of our individually-prepared meals are packed with care in specially selected eco-friendly containers. Every meal you order from EAT Club arrives in easily recyclable or compostable materials, from containers and lids to biodegradable utensils.
So you can enjoy your lunch from EAT Club and do you part for Mother Earth by tossing what’s left behind in the appropriate recycling or compost bin. It’s a delicious lunch for you—and less landfill waste for the planet!
After your waste-free lunch hour, there are so many more surprisingly simple ideas for reducing trash creation. Here are just a few great ways to honor our one and only Earth:
Focus on food waste: When food scraps end up in a landfill, it isn’t the same as composting. Instead of returning organic nutrients to the soil, the rotting waste emits methane gas and comprises a shocking 20% of landfill volume. So, before you recycle your food containers, scrape the food matter in the compost bin. And do your part by reducing food waste—don’t let food get lost in the back of your fridge!—or put it all in the compost bin if it does.
Skip the coffee cups: Coffee cups seem recyclable in theory—after all, paper is a no-brainer for the recycle bin. Unfortunately, the cups are also coated in a thin layer of protective plastic to hold in liquid, which makes them extremely difficult to recycle. Very few recycling companies have the specialized equipment necessary to separate the two components, so even the cups dutifully tossed into the recycling bin usually end up in a landfill anyway. Until our recycling technology catches up with the reality of our coffee consumption, try bringing your own mug for your daily cup of joe. Starbucks even provides a 10 cent discount on every beverage order in a reusable mug.
Take a moment to get it right: Recycling rules aren’t always crystal clear, and it’s hard to know which products go in which bins. When in doubt, look it up! Whether you’re at home or on the go, it only takes a spare moment to do a quick Google search instead of tossing a potentially recyclable item in the trash.