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Did you know that preventing waste is actually even better than separating waste? Yes really! It's not just about protecting the environment, but also about contributing to the world and doing something for others. By being conscious about buying new stuff and making smart choices about how to use things, we can reduce the amount of waste. Your small efforts make a big difference and contribute to a more sustainable world. That's why we give you some handy tips to prevent waste.  

How can you prevent waste?

Think about whether you really need something

Look critically at the products you buy and avoid products with unnecessary packaging. Go for fresh fruit and vegetables instead of pre-packaged varieties, for example. Do not use plastic bags for these but reusable bags. 

Opt for reusable products

Use reusable shopping bags, water bottles, coffee cups and lunch boxes. So bring a bag from home when you go to the supermarket. This way, you will reduce the use of disposables and save money. 

Make sustainable choices

Consider sustainable options for disposable products, such as reusable cotton buds, reusable straws and beeswax towels or a Tupperware container instead of plastic film. 

Give things a second life 

Bring still usable items to the thrift shop, give them away to friends or family, or sell them online. You can also get old broken things fixed in a repair café. This will give them a second chance and prevent them from ending up in the rubbish. 

Cook consciously

Plan meals and buy only ingredients you need. This will prevent food from spoiling and having to be thrown away. Also check the fridge once before going to the supermarket for new ingredients and cook with the stuff you already have in the house. Tip: Do you have several ingredients in the fridge but don't know what dish to make with them? Use ChatGPT to create a recipe. Type in the ingredients you still have in the house and ask for a recipe. ChatGPT will then create a recipe and tell you which ingredients you might still need. Making cooking sustainable and fun!

Buy consciously

Try to buy products such as rice, pasta and nuts in economy packs. This not only saves packaging waste, but is often more economical. 

Compost fruit and vegetable waste

If you have a garden, you can compost your fruit and vegetable waste. This way, you make your own fertile compost for your garden and reduce waste. 

Go for digital options

Reduce the use of paper by opting for digital invoices, e-tickets and online magazines.  

By applying these tips, together we can reduce the amount of waste. Because preventing waste is not only better for the environment, it also saves money and makes our living environment cleaner and more beautiful.

 

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