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Did you ever hear your parents or grandparents say, “waste not, want not”? This phrase, which dates back hundreds of years, still resonates today. That’s because more and more consumers are realizing the impact of the huge amount of waste that our society generates daily. This is due to a variety of factors, including a greater awareness of the environmental impact of waste. People also have come to realize just how much waste they generate while staying home during the pandemic.
Sustainable shopping has only grown more important to consumers since the onset of the pandemic. In fact, 82% of consumers say that sustainability is more top of mind now than it was before COVID-19, according to a recent survey conducted by Google.
We live in a society that values convenience, and with added convenience comes more waste. Much of the waste generated by communities can be diverted, reused or recycled. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) says 76% of what’s in the landfill is recyclable, and it has a goal to reduce the amount of material we send there by 75% in the coming years.
One way that area residents can help reduce waste is by embracing the concept of “conscious consumerism,” said Amy Densborn, education specialist with SWACO. The idea behind conscious consumerism is thinking about the full lifecycle of something before purchasing, including choosing to shop local.
Central Ohio influencer Heide Rembold offers specific tips and ideas about conscious consumerism at her Instagram account, @consciouscbus. Both Rembold and Densborn agree that taking small, simple steps at home or while out shopping make a big impact on our landfill and the environment.
Below are their top tips for being a conscious consumer.
Another easy way to be a conscious consumer is by keeping recyclable items out of the local landfill.
To learn more about what is accepted in Franklin County's curbside recycling program and where to dispose of non-recyclable items, visit recycleright.org