Easy ways families can cut waste and be more green

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(NC) We all have a role to play in becoming environmentally responsible and reducing waste. Everyone from parents to kids, teens and grandparents can participate with these simple tips:

Look to your community. Kids grow so quickly that it doesn’t make sense to shop for brand-new items every time they have a growth spurt. Talk to friends, family and community members to find opportunities to trade gently used items so everyone can save and nothing is wasted.

Make the move to digital. If you haven’t done so already, start by switching all bills to paperless. Borrow ebooks from the library instead of buying paper copies, and cancel magazine subscriptions while continuing to read your favourite publications online. Find popular books online or on social media for more inspiring and creative reads.

Shop for zero-waste products. Look for keywords like compostable or recyclable when comparison shopping. “Consumers can have a major impact on the environment, especially with everyday purchases,” explains Dr. Calvin Lakhan, waste management expert. “When it comes to coffee, Maxwell House is leading the way with 100% compostable pods. Made from plant-based materials, the pods are certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute and offer sustainable packaging from beginning to end.” Both the pods and pod bag are fully compostable and the outer carton is 100 per cent recyclable, making it easy to reduce waste.

Check your local grocery stores for the 100 per cent compostable coffee pods.