This one is a toughie that might get overlooked. We need to put our garbage somewhere, so how do we make sure the bag we use isn’t adding to the waste we produce.
Plastic garbage bags are no recyclable curbside. Don’t ever include a garbage bag in your recycling bin even if it contains recyclables, it can jam machines and lead to your recycling being tossed into the trash. All recycling must be loose in the recycling bin.
EASY: Use a recycled plastic bag
Use a bag made out of recycled plastic. These can be found at any grocery/convenience store. You’ll still be throwing away a plastic bag, but at least it was made from reused plastic.
Use a biobag. These are slightly more expensive than a traditional plastic trash bag, but they are able to biodegrade. That being said, they definitely won’t completely biodegrade for a very long time, but in theory they do break down faster than a plastic garbage bag does.
Hard: Reusable Garbage Bag
Purchase a reusable garbage bag. I have no experience with these, but there are options available. They come in different sizes, are machine washable, and claim to be anti-bacterial.
Hard: Don’t Use a Bag at All
Either throw your garbage right into the bin or line it with newspaper/brown paper bags. This will force you to really think about what you’re throwing away (and will probably mean you have to clean your trash can more often).