5. Eliminate Excess Food Storage Containers
The pandemic has changed the way people share food with family and friends. Baking and cooking are nice ways to show you care, but not everyone feels comfortable receiving homemade food at this time.
However, in a normal year, I’m spoiled by talented family and friends who give me delicious treats. This means I accumulate containers. To be sure their number doesn’t exceed my needs, I try to always offer them back to the giver, in hopes they can reuse them. Otherwise, I select a few that stack well and keep them with my party supplies (instead of in my main space) for guests to use to take leftovers home when I host. Of course, I haven’t hosted any gatherings in almost a year, but I have faith that we’ll be able to resume get-togethers in the future, and I keep the containers for that time.
Keeping extra plastic containers isn’t my first choice, but because I feel a responsibility to reduce the environmental impact of packaging, I try to give nonrecyclable containers a bit more life before sending them to the landfill. I don’t keep extra containers out of guilt, as this would merely be delaying the container’s fate without actually reducing, reusing or recycling.
If you’d like to help keep plastic containers out of the landfill by finding a new purpose for them, try your local senior center, church or pet shelter. Call ahead to learn their policies; these organizations may accept plastic containers, whereas the Salvation Army and Goodwill may not.5 Storage Container Materials to Consider for Sustainability