Utilize Community Swap Groups!
For individuals and companies looking to reduce plastic waste (either short-term for a monthly challenge or long-term!), crowdsourcing food storage containers and other necessities for free/trade can be a great solution!
Facebook groups like Zero Waste Madison, Buy Nothing (check facebook for your neighborhood! There are chapters for Monona, Fitchburg, Near East and Near West Madison, and Middleton), and Swappertunities let members trade or offer for free what they won’t use. And programs like Terracycling and Bags to Benches help larger companies like grocery stores repurpose everything from plastic bread bags to cigarette butts to keep them out of landfills.
Why is this sustainable?
Reusing non-disposable containers and gently-used appliances is a win-win for individuals. It is also important to encourage programs that engage with companies, who are responsible for much more plastic waste than individuals and families.
- 5x7 inches (Standard Size) on Heavy Card Stock (100% Recycled Paper)