Every day, people around the world are making decisions that have a major impact on the planet. We’re producing tons of garbage and if we don’t start reducing our waste, our children might get to enjoy clean air and water in the future.
Reducing waste, in general, can seem overwhelming. But we can all do our part starting in our own homes.
So today, I’m sharing with you several ways to reduce your waste in your home.
Learn the do’s and don’ts of recycling
Recycling is quite simple once you get to know the rules. However, recycling standards may vary from one place to another so be sure to know the specific rules in your region.
Despite using reusable packaging at home, it’s still great to know how to recycle to prevent any excess waste from going to the landfill.
Switch to reusable bags
One of the easiest ways to reduce waste is to use reusable bags when going to the grocery store, buying produce or going shopping. Keep a bunch of extra reusable bags in your trunk, in your bag or right by the door so you don’t forget them.
Learn how to compost
Instead of putting them in the trash bin, why not compost those coffee grounds, eggshells, vegetable scraps, leaves, and grass clippings? This will require a little bit of effort but the end result is so worth it. In 3 to 12 months, you can use your compost as fertilizers in your garden. Not only did you reduce your waste, but you also saved on money.
Live below your means
So how will this help reduce your waste? When you live below your means, you’re only buying your necessities and simply stop buying a lot of stuff. This results in less waste.
But that’s not all, you’re also helping reduce the demand for things that we don’t usually need and the trash that comes with it. Start appreciating what you have and say no to the things you do not need.
Learn to repair
Do you know how to sew or repair stuff around the house? If not, it’s time to start learning. Think back to the time when you repaired one of your broken things instead of throwing it away.
If you want to reduce your waste, start buying high-quality stuff and repairing them instead of buying all the cheap and disposable stuff.
Avoid single-use plastic
Single-use plastic is all around us. Whenever possible, try to avoid using single-use utensils, straws, napkins and coffee cups and start gearing yourself up with your very own reusable stuff such as:
- beeswax wrap
- stainless steel straws or bamboo straws
- cleaning cloths
- silicone reusable food storage bag
- silicone teabag
- reusable water bottles
- bamboo travel cutlery set
Read Also: Ultimate List of Easy Zero Waste Swaps for Sustainable Living
Cook your own food
Cooking your own food can help you level up your creativity and reduce waste. When you cook your own meals, you avoid all those plastic packagings that come with takeaways. And the best part is you get to save money since buying takeout is so much more expensive than cooking at home. This also includes packing your own lunch to work.