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How to reduce waste

What we all need to do together.

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Reduce disposable goods

Why don't you participate in reducing the use of disposable cups that are currently in effect? Recently, a penalty is imposed when a disposable cup is used in a cafe, so we use mugs or glass cups in the store. However, many people still drink coffee using disposable plastic cups because it's allowed when taking out. Even if it's a little annoying, why don't you bring your tumbler with you when you visit cafe? You will be able to reduce your disposable cup usage.

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Tumbler management TIP!

Cleaning is the most fundamental and important part of Tumbler management. Washing with water alone cannot eliminate bacteria that have been breed inside the tumbler. It is important to wash it to a place where you cannot reach it with detergent or baking soda. Mix the baking soda with warm water and wash the inside of the tumbler and the area where the mouth touches. It is also important to wash and dry the inside of the tumbler completely.

No plastic straws

With disposable cups, straws are used and thrown away all over the world. Straw was made purely for human convenience and even when there was no straw, people drank well. If you need to use the straw why not replace it with paper, stainless steel or silicon straw? Starbucks, which owns the most chain stores in the South Korea, has introduced paper straws.

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How to reduce disposables in daily life

1. Use traditional markets instead of department stores and markets filled with unnecessary packaging

Packages that wrap up food or things are almost all disposable and are wasted on resources because they are thrown away immediately. Visit traditional markets to lower the use of disposable products.

2. When you go on a trip, take your personal items instead of disposable items

Disposable toothbrushes and cosmetics samples used during the trip are all waste of resources. Do not use travel goods for the environment even if you want to leave lightly.

3. Use a handkerchief instead of a tissue

The wet tissue that you often get on the streets is also a disposable product that threatens the environment. Try to use a handkerchief instead of a disposable wet tissue.

4. Cook whole foods from scratch at home

What we eat makes a huge difference with the amount of waste that we produce. While pre-packaged and processed foods are convenient, they also require a lot of energy to produce, lots of packaging for storage, don't taste that great, and often contain unhealthy preservatives and other unsavory ingredients. You will be doing your health and your Earth a favor if you cook from scratch at home.

5. Use reusable items

When you go to the market, take your shopping bags in advance and avoid unnecessary plastic consumption.

Sorting waste at home

We all agree that we should recycle more at home, in the office or when out and about. But for materials to be actually recycled, they first need to find their way to the right waste stream so that they can be then collected and taken to the right place for recycling. This is what the process of sorting allows us to do. For effective recycling we need effective sorting and this needs to happen first, in our own home and second, in dedicated sorting plants to which waste collected from our doorstep and communal points is taken. When you put a plastic bottle in the right recycling bag or bin, you are helping sort recyclables so that the right material can be fed into the right recycling process. If sorting does not happen, a lot of recyclable materials can end up in landfills or be incinerated, and valuable resources lost from our economy. Sorting at home is the first step towards recycling.

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The materials which can be recycled range from paper and cardboard, to various plastic and metal containers, to things like batteries or electronics. Each type of waste needs to be sorted differently and disposed of in a certain way, depending on where you live and on the recycling rules of the region. In some places, recycling may be non-existent. If you live somewhere like this, then you should still consider sorting your household waste and delivering it to some sort of recycling plant yourself.

How to sort your waste at home

1. Plastics

Metal and plastic packaging and drink or food cartons are often recycled together. They should be clean, free of excessive contaminants, oils, or greases, and should conform to the recycling regulations of your region. Some plastics can be recycled successfully. Other can't and should be included in the general waste stream. Familiarize yourself with the rules of your country or city.

2. Glass Bottles

Before recycling glass jars or bottles you should rinse them and remove the lid (which can be placed in either the metal or plastic stream depending on what it is made of). In some places, you will be required to separate different colored glasses to make the recycling process easier.

3. Cans

Cans should also be cleaned and rinsed with water and then flattened. There should not be any foreign substances such as cigarette butts or toilet paper inside the can. Remove any rubber or plastic that is attached to the dishware or tools. Butane gas containers and pesticide containers should be drilled into the body so it would be empty before discharging.

4. Paper and Cardboard

Paper and paper derivatives are among the easiest materials to recycle. They should be sorted into their own bin. When sorting paper from the rest of your waste stream, ensure that you don't accidentally include plastic packaging, stickers, or cartons which have excessive plastic or metal lining.

5. Vinyl

When you separate the vinyl, you must separate and discard them well. Vinyl products often contain food or foreign substances. Rinse them with water several times and discard it. If foreign substances are not easily removed even after rinsing with water, put them in a standard plastic garbage bag.

It may be a little annoying at first, but if you do it right you can join us in environmental protection.

No littering

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If you throw garbage in trashcan and not throwing anywhere, you'll be able to live in a clean environment without damaging the surrounding landscape. It won't cost you the money and effort to collect the garbage that has spread here and there. If there are a lot of neglected garbage, all kinds of bugs will breed through the garbage and cause a lot of damage. There will be a lot of stench in the neglected garbage. If the amount of waste that has been left unattended increases, it will not only cause soil pollution but also air pollution as well. The damages will be done to the surrounding animals and plants. Eventually it will return to the human beings.

How to reduce food waste

Food waste which occurs naturally when you cook at home every day. The increasing amount of food waste will generate stench and bugs. Also, it will cost you the money to buy food waste bag. Nowadays, with food waste disposers in apartments, there's an extra cost for garbage disposal when throwing away food waste. If it's not easy to throw out food waste because of busy daily life, then reducing it as much as possible will prevent damage caused by food waste.

1. Plan a Meal

Purchase food ingredients for each menu every week after checking the number of meals and family members at home. Plan a 5-day menu not counting weekends and holidays. This allows you to purchase only the necessary ingredients you need, which can prevent food waste.

2. Buy an Individually Packaged Product

10% of food waste is food ingredients that have been stored at home and thrown away. Therefore, families with less family members need to buy and cook products in small quantities to save money and reduce food waste.

3. Handling Food After Grocery Shopping

Food is often placed in the refrigerator after grocery shopping. If the foods are stored as it is, it will be filled with water, vegetables will be soft, and fruits will be spoiled. Therefore, it is recommended that you handle the food after grocery shopping immediately.

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4. Divide into One Meal When Refrigerating

If you have large amounts of food, you can divide them up and store them in small portions. You can cook only as much as you need when you're cooking, so it's convenient and prevent food waste.

5. Knowing How to Store Food by Ingredients

If you kept grain is a pet bottle it will not produce rice worms and fruits can be kept fresh when packed individually. Vegetables are nutritious and healthy foods and you should be especially careful because they are prone to spoil.

6. Use Remaining Ingredients

Usually most of the roots, anchovy heads, and remaining shiitake mushrooms are thrown away but these dry ingredients can be used as natural seasonings when dried. You can grind fruit seeds and fruit peel into a mixer and use them to make sauce.

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7. Storage of Leftovers

The most common mistake in a home is to make and store large amounts of food. In this case, the quality of the food is poor and you end up throwing it. Stew or soup should be stored after boiling. Seasoned vegetables can be cook it again in oil after 2~3 days of eating.

8. Creating a Refrigerator Storage List

You can always check when and how much ingredients you have left in your refrigerator so you can prevent them from spoiling and throwing away.

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