While recycling as much trash as you can is good, it creates less strain on the system as a whole if waste is never created in the first place. If you’re looking for some easy things you can do around your home to reduce the amount of garbage you’re creating, then keep the following tips in mind.
Tip #1: Consider Permanent Solutions
We go through a lot of unnecessary disposables. From cheap plastic Tupperware to one-time bottles, all of this adds up. Invest in heavy duty glass containers to store your leftovers, and get a metal water bottle that you’ll be able to take with you for years and recycle when it is finally at the end of its life. Use natural sponges instead of plastic ones on your dishes, and don’t be afraid to use hand towels and cloth napkins instead of paper ones. Little changes can have big results when you step back and look at just how much waste they cut.
Tip #2: Meal Plan
This might sound extremely simple, but it’s important to remember that food waste is a massive problem in the United States. So keep in mind one of the more important things you can do according to the Huffington Post, and make plans for the food you buy in your home. If it’s something you’re not going to eat right away, make sure it will last until you get around to it, and keep an eye on produce, leftovers, etc. so nothing goes bad in your home.
Tip #3: Single-Cup Coffee Makers Are Your Friend
If you are the only coffee drinker in the house, chances are good you’ve had to toss your share of go juice because you couldn’t drink a whole pot on your own. If that’s a situation you find yourself in, get a single-cup coffee maker so you use fewer materials. Also, make sure you have a reusable basket for your grounds. Try to avoid K cups as best you can, but if you must use them make sure you use the variety that can be recycled.
Tip #4: See If You Have Organic Waste Recycling
Making your own compost is one of the most common waste tips, even showing up on The Daily Mail’s list, but it’s just not a reality for a lot of us. However, it is worth checking to see if you have an organic recycling site near you. These locations will take grass clippings, dead plants, tree limbs, and other things from those who need to get rid of them, while also providing composted black dirt to the community. It can make a big difference, if it’s an option you have available.
Tip #5: Repair Rather Than Replace
We’ve been brought up in a disposable culture, and as a result we often throw something away at the first sign of breakage. However, the next time something breaks, whether it’s the strap on a purse or the clasp on your phone case, take a moment and ask if you can fix it. The Internet is full of handy guides and helpful how-tos, and if you can repair something that will immediately cut down on both your outgoing trash, as well as your consumption of new stuff.