You can help reduce waste, says Harry the Hominid

We all know that recycling is one of the best things we can do for the environment. But do you know what’s even better? “Producing less rubbish,” says Harry the Hominid, Maropeng’s spokeshominid.

“The easiest way to do this, is to buy the least number of things that will eventually end up in the rubbish bin. This means choosing products with less packaging, buying vegetables in bunches instead of plastic packets and using washable plates instead of paper plates.

You can also help by using shopping bags made of material, as they last a long time. That way you don’t have to buy and use plastic bags every time you go shopping. They eventually just end up in the rubbish bin anyway.

So remember, reducing rubbish is one of the best ways we can care for the environment,” he smiles.

More waste reducing tips from Harry:

  • Buy bulk items in single packaging instead of smaller items that are individually packaged. For example, buy a big tub of yoghurt rather than a lot of little tubs.
  • Buy goods that are longer lasting and can be repaired if broken – instead of being thrown away.
  • Buy concentrated products – such as fruit juice that you dilute with water instead of juice that is ready to drink, as well as concentrated fabric softener and dishwashing liquid. This saves lots of plastic bottles that will just be thrown away, and they are also usually cheaper too.

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Issued for and on behalf of Maropeng by Cathy Findley