How to Go Trash-Free for a Week (When You Secretly Love Bottled Water)

Sophie Miura

In theory, the decision to go waste-free should be a no-brainer. It's estimated that the average American throws out 544 kgs of rubbish year that could have been recycled and that global waste is pacing to triple by 2100—why wouldn't you do your best to minimise landfill?

The issue is that in reality, completely eliminating trash from your lifestyle isn't just hard—it's near impossible for anyone who loves bottled water, lives on takeout, or shops at any major supermarket. If you're not prepared to forage for food or ditch tampons for the rest of your life, there are ways to reduce your waste without overhauling your lifestyle. 

Take up the challenge to reduce or completely banish your waste for one week by following these simple, realistic steps.

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