For years, we have focused on recycling and sustainable living. This year, we’ve decided to do more. Want to learn some less common ways to reduce waste in your home? Here are some ideas for you that you may not have thought of, yet.
Anyone else see the video recently going around about the plastic oceans? I don’t know about you, but that broke my heart. For years, we’ve focused on recycling and doing little bits here and there to reduce waste, but watching those videos made me realize I needed to do more.
In fact, I recently read that we no longer need to focus on recylcling. There’s simply too much to recyle and it takes too many resources, so it doesn’t actually help as much as we think. After reading that, we decided to put a big focus on reducing waste.
Sure, it’s easy to opt for re-usable grocery bags or try to avoid single use plastic, but there’s so much more to it than that. There are so many things we’re throwing away every day that we don’t even realize. And recycling centers are so overwhelmed that they’ll never get through the piles of recycling being sent to them (look for actual info).
The bottom line is, we need to be focusing more on reducing waste in our home rather than recycling. And the good news is that so many of these ideas are incredibly easy to implement without being an inconvenience.
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Simple Tips to Reduce Waste
- Use mason jars: have a bunch of left-overs or fruit? Use mason jars instead of plastic bags to store them in the fridge! Most people have a ton on hand from jams and sauces, and as a bonus, they can also be used as drinking glasses when they’re not storing food! This is a great option that is affordable, recyclable, and re-usable.
- Safety Razor: One thing I never thought of until recently was how much plastic I was throwing away just from shaving my legs! I recently bought my first safety razor (see photo above) and can’t believe I haven’t been using it all along. There’s almost no waste at all, except for a small metal razor, which is recyclable!
- Bamboo Toothbrush: The bamboo toothbrush movement is becoming more popular, and I’ve even started finding them in local stores. These are 100% plant based and bio-degradable. Finally! A toothbrush that won’t outlive me!
- Stainless Steel Straws: Straws are so easy to replace, and make such a huge impact on the environment. Honestly, I feel like this one and the toothbrushes are changes that everyone could do easily!
- Ditch the Paper Towels: One of the very first swaps we made for our paperless kitchen was to ditch the paper towels. Instead, we use un-paper towels and rags instead! Want a simple, sustainable DIY? Check out this post! We also keep extra dish towels on hand for messes, and use these knit wash cloths for our dishes and spills.
- Lose the Plastic Water Bottles: Grab a tumbler or glass bottle for water instead! Bonus: you can find insulated options to keep your water cool in addition to helping save the planet!
- Re-Useable Snack Bags: These are especially helpful if you have kids in school or if you’re on the road a lot. These snack bags are a great alternative to the typical disposable bags we used to use!
- Ditch the K-Cups: Now, maybe this is just rumor, but I’ve heard it said that the person who invented the Keurig actually regretted it once he saw the impact those cups were having on the environment. Sure, a lot of them are recycleable, but did you know you’re supposed to open them up and clean them out? I’m sure most people don’t. I actually refused to get a Keurig for years for this very reason. This year, I found some totally biodegradable pods with fair trade coffee and decided to give it a shot. If you’ve got a Keurig, please give these pods a try. Or, at the very least, get a re-usable filter so you’re not tossing so much plastic every day!
- Re-Purpose and Repair: I used to be so bad at just tossing things when they no longer served a purpose for me. I didn’t even think about how much waste that was causing. Now, we re-purpose or donate household items we no longer need.
- Compost: One of the easiest things you can do to reduce waste in your home is to start a compost pile for extra food scraps! It doesn’t take much room, and the soil it creates is great for plants.
Now, more than ever, we need to find a way to reduce waste in our homes. We’ve spent decades throwing away plastic, and our planet is suffering. If you’re looking for more ways to live more sustainably, these ten tips are a great place to start!
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