6 Smart Ways To Reduce Your Home’s Waste 

Most of us have room for improvement in environmental stewardship unless you live a zero-waste lifestyle. While the concept of decreasing waste can be intimidating, a good place to start is right at home. Making a deliberate attempt to adopt more eco-friendly waste strategies starts with recycling.  This can significantly impact your trash output. Here are some strategies to reduce your home’s waste output.

 

Replace plastic with cloth products

 

  • Paper towels, plastic wrap, plastic zip bags, tin foil are all useful, but they also generate significant garbage. Use a silicone baking sheet instead of tinfoil or paper. Replace paper towels and single-use wipes with washable microfiber cloths for cleaning. Reusable lunch containers and washable sandwich bags help keep your food fresher for longer and reduce the quantity of garbage generated in your home daily. This will not only cut down on garbage but is cheaper in the long run.

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Composting

 

 

  • Composting is an excellent way of saving the planet. Recycling food and other organic waste into compost provides a range of environmental benefits, including improving soil health, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, recycling nutrients, and mitigating the impact of droughts.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a good article on composting. Composting at Home will give you the basics you need to understand and start composting. You can do this by using septic tanks for your kitchen waste, such as vegetable peels. This way, your trash does more good than harm. For example, composting can encourage good plant growth and serve as a better alternative to chemical fertilizers available on the market. It has been estimated that creating compost reduces a home’s waste by 30%.

 

 

Repair rather than discard

 

 

  • I don’t understand why modern society designs  replacement into our products. When I was growing up decades ago, most items could be repaired.  Practically no one repairs things anymore.  Why toss something out when you can fix it? Purchasing a few high-quality products and repairing them when needed is far better for the environment than buying a large quantity of inexpensive, throwaway items. Spend a few minutes the next time a tank top strap pops off or a lamp stops working, to consider repair.  Rather than tossing it away and purchasing a new one try to find out if it can be repaired. A simple sewing kit can help you mend a strap or replace buttons.  Even Walmart has kits to rewire an old lamp.  I’ve done it and I’  not mechanical at all.  When you find a beautiful old lamp, give it new life.

 

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Reuse shopping bags

 

 

  • Using reusable shopping bags is one of the simplest methods to reduce the amount of waste you produce. Instead of relying on the plastic bags provided by your grocer to pack and transport your groceries home, bring your cloth bags. Keeping a few extra bags in the trunk of your car or at the front door is a simple technique to ensure you don’t forget them.  If you have plastic bags already, check out The Spruce’s 23 Genius Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags.

Plastic bag ghost decorations.

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Rely on reusable containers 

 

 

  • Once you’ve started buying what you need, take it a step further by properly storing food, which will extend the life of your food and keep it as fresh as possible. Invest in well-sealed containers for items that go bad rapidly, such as baking ingredients, cereals, and other foods. Reusable containers are especially crucial to have in your kitchen if you purchase loose foods from farmer’s markets.  Earthline has a great post of The 9 Best Reusable Food Storage Bags for 2021.

 

Photo Amazon

 

Go paperless

 

 

  • Papers make up about a third of all landfill waste. Everything that goes into the garbage bin, from paper cups to napkins, ends up in landfills. Start cleaning around the house with rags made from old garments or towels instead of paper towels to reduce paper waste. You should also use hand towels instead of paper  in the kitchen. I have a nice collection of cloth napkins in various colors that I bought at the thrift store for pennies. No need for paper napkins.  Avoid using paper plates during house parties.  Get out your summer  outside dishes and forget the expense of buying paper.

 

 

 

Closeup of plastic container full of paper placed on blurred background of kitchen in daytime

 

 

 

 

 

Now with these tips, you can be sure to reduce your home’s overall waste and save the environment. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own.

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Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

8 thoughts to “6 Smart Ways To Reduce Your Home’s Waste ”

  1. My wife made her own bags that she brings to the grocery store. We try to cut down to plastic bags. It’s so difficult today but we try.
    Have a great day Carol.

    Cruisin Paul

    1. Oh I know how difficult it is but some people don’t try. I hope your wife and you are having a good week Paul. Boy you are fast in responding to the post.

  2. THese are all wonderful and very practical and easy to incorporate tips, Carol. Some I already do — others I think might be included in my routine!

  3. Many products are made to be redundant and parts not available forcing you to buy again. We’ve been running into that with appliances that in some case are old but not in need of being replaced. In talking with a repairman who we had out to work he agreed they stop making parts and while you can get parts from recycled machines for a while even the most ardent repair person ends up replacing when they can’t Frankenstein their favorite older machines any longer.

    1. Think of the computers and phones that are “junk” in a few years. I totally agree with you. When my car became 5 years old, I was informed some parts were only available from junked cars. That’s rediculous.

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