According to Green Waste, the average person generates 4.5 pounds of trash every day, which is equivalent to 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. About 75 percent of this solid waste is recyclable but only 30 percent is actually recycled.
In addition to this, we generate 21.5 million tons of food residuals every year. If such food waste were composited instead of being taken to landfills, the ensuing reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would be like removing two million cars off the road.
A report from the Energy Saving Trust indicates that up to a third of the food bought in the UK ends up being thrown away. A British supermarket chain operating in the UK and Ireland helps the environment through their primary product which is frozen food. Aside from expanding their portfolio of business through online bingo game Iceland Bingo, Iceland Foods knows that one of the key advantages of frozen food is the fact that it is easy to keep and use. It also offers significant environmental advantages compared with fresh and chilled food, where waste is prevalent.
As part of their corporate responsibility, the company is cooperating with Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and signed up to Phase 1 of the Courtauld Commitment on packaging and food waste reduction in 2005. By 2008, they have accomplished the objectives of designing out packaging waste growth and delivered an absolute reduction by 2010. Iceland stopped stocking heavy gauge freezer bags and starts promoting reusable carrier bags.
You too can help reduce waste by making your own reusable carrier bags. Here is a DIY project where you can recycle your old T-shirts into strong and washable tote bags.
Cotton T-shirt made of heavy weight fabric (Size: Adult S or M)
Pencil or pen
3 to 5 straight pins
Smooth the T-shirt flat on the table. Cut and remove the sleeves using your scissors. To keep the tote strong, leave the seam in place. Place a plate about halfway the neck opening of the T-shirt. Using your pencil or pen, trace the plate to create the cutting line for the opening of the tote bag. Cut along the marked line with your scissors.
Turn the shirt out and pin the bottom of the shirt along the hem to close. Sew the bottom of the shirt to close using the sewing machine. Strengthen your tote bag by sewing over the seam for the second time. Use the zigzag style stitch.
After your bag is sewn closed, you can add a gusset at the bottom of the bag to box the corners and to add more depth. You may also use the sleeve scraps to add pockets to the tote bag or design it with buttons.