It is not that hard to avoid plastic or, at least, to cut it down to the minimum. Unfortunately, everything we buy these days is packaged in it. That applies to appliances, batteries, clothing, and most other things. The plastic on most things is extremely hard and not able to be recycled as, say, drink containers.
Sauces are also now packaged in hardened plastic as are many of the supermarket items, including bread. While it is necessary to prevent contamination by other touching or soiling them such products cannot be avoided.
There are, however, ways around other waste. My garden, where my vegetables are always on hand, it is conditioned with compost made from fallen leaves, weeds, and kitchen scraps. Some manure is added and occasionally blood and bone or lime. This not only recycles what would otherwise go into the garbage bin but turns it into a useful resource.
The worm farm is also an asset and kitchen scraps are also deposited there. The run off is used for fertilising plants and when the build up is too much it is shovelled out and put straight onto the beds.
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