Have you ever feel like you’re constantly taking out the trash and you wish to reduce the amount of waste it produces? Unless you live a zero-waste lifestyle, there is always room for improvement when it comes to taking care of the planet.
Fortunately, it can be done practically and without a ton of drastic changes. While the idea of reducing one’s waste can be overwhelming, a great place to start is within the comfort of your own home. Little changes such as switching plastic bags to cloth bags or making a concerted effort to recycle cans and bottles can have a big difference in your waste output.
Composting is no longer a concern for only people with gardens and backyards. In fact, even city-dwellers in small apartments should also compost to reduce the amount of food waste. You can create your own compost set up in your home today and start cutting down on food wastes. If you have a bin and some extra space, you can easily start a compost. Your excess food won’t go to waste and you can feel better about your impact on the planet.
Getting creative in finding various ways to reuse and repurpose the things you buy is one of the best ways to reducing the amount of trash you produce. After all, you don’t want to put throw something away if you found a new function for it or maybe turn it into something stylish.
Before throwing anything away, consider Googling or looking up at Pinterest for ideas on what you can turn them into. You might find yourself not only reducing the amount of trash you make but also reducing the number of new things you need to buy! Get creative with repurposing.
3. Use Your Own Containers
Using your own reusable shopping bags and own containers to the grocery are small gestures but powerful ways to reduce the amount of trash you produce. You should also consider the idea of making your own home cleaners, beauty products and more with DIY.
4. Invest in Quality and Reusable Things
Though disposable items are convenient, they can produce quite a bit of trash when they fulfill their short lifespan. Cheap objects might seem to be affordable when you’re on a tight budget, investing in high-quality, well-made products mean less throwing away of broken objects in the future which significantly decreasing your trash output.
For example, you should invest in quality airtight containers for baking ingredients, cereals, and other things that can stale quickly. Reusable containers are especially important to have in your kitchen if you purchase lose food items.
5. Ditch the Plastic Bags
One of the simplest yet useful ways to decrease the amount of waste you produce is to use reusable bags while shopping. Instead of using the supermarket’s plastic bags, bring your own recycling bag to pack up your items and tote them home.
Keeping a bunch of extra bags in the trunk of your car is an easy way to make sure you don’t forget to bring them everywhere.
6. Sell or donate your old stuff
Instead of tossing things you no longer want, why not donating or selling your old, unwanted items. While this doesn’t affect your day-to-day trash making abilities, but it could mark an impact on the amount of trash you make annually.
What tips or tricks have you figured out that help reduces your household’s trash? Let us know in the comment section below!
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