The average American generates about 4.5 pounds of trash every single day. What’s more, only 9 percent of plastics ever get recycled. In India, it is even worse: according to the Press Information Bureau statistic from 2016, on average India generates 62 million tonnes of waste (mixed waste containing both recyclable and non-recyclable waste) every year, with an average annual growth rate of 4%.

Our world makes it incredibly easy to produce trash, but there are still plenty of ways to radically reduce your inorganic waste.

While a host of products might not change the world, but it could produce a radical shift in behaviour. Hence, a few low-waste essentials can seriously change the way we impact the planet. These are the products that, when paired with a lot of planning and determination, can start us on a path of environmental righteousness.

First up: the plastic produce bags for your freshly-misted broccoli heads. These reusable produce bags can replace those bags, as well as act as a long-lasting swap for your favorite zip-to-seal bags. The five mesh bags have a drawstring on top to keep them closed, are washable, and are color-coded so you always know what’s in them.

First up: the plastic produce bags for your freshly-misted broccoli heads. These reusable produce bags can replace those bags, as well as act as a long-lasting swap for your favorite zip-to-seal bags. The five mesh bags have a drawstring on top to keep them closed, are washable, and are color-coded so you always know what’s in them.

Bring a KeepCup with you to work. If you purchase coffee every morning at the shop around the corner, you’ll want to bring your own reusable vessel. These KeepCups are glass, have a BPA-free plastic lid, and cork ring around the cup to keep your fingers safe from the hot liquid. They come in 8 ounces, 12 ounces, and 16 ounces.

Turn your food scraps into nutrient-rich compost that reduces your waste and provides your garden important nutrients and microorganisms to promote healthy plant growth. The 11-inch-tall Vremi composting bin holds 1.2 gallons of waste, is made of a leakproof stainless steel, and uses a reusable charcoal filter to control odour. It’s dishwasher-safe.

The article first appeared on Popular Science