Easy Green: 23 Ways to Reduce Waste in Home

Most of us know that growing landfill density and, sadly, even trash drifting out at sea are actual issues, but it can be tough to know where to start if you want to really make a difference. Luckily, it’s really quite simple to cut back on your household trash by creating tiny changes on your shopping habits and daily routines. If you would like to reduce the total amount of trash your household creates but aren’t quite sure the way to get it done, these 23 tips can help. They’re all easy to implement and may add up to a reduction in waste which makes a difference.

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Living Room and Fascinating

1. Switch to digital downloads of movies and music if you haven’t yet.

2. Ask for and give consumable or homemade gifts. Think occasion tickets, dinner reservations and edible treats.

3. Stop junk mail and paper accounts, and cancel subscriptions which you don’t read.

See how to stop junk mail and maintain other paper at bay

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Bedroom and Wardrobe

4. Be picky. By selecting to purchase only what you love and understand you will wear, you can slim your wardrobe and love it more.

5. Shop vintage.

6. Bring fabric shopping bags of your own … even to the mall.

7. Mend and tailor made instead of throw. Have a cue from our grandparents’ generation and work with everything you’ve got.

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8. Purchase soap in bulk and divides it in reusable containers.

9. Maintain plenty of fabric towels available instead of paper.

10. As long because it’s relatively clean, you can reuse aluminum foil many times.

11. Give old linens and clothes another life — cut up them and reuse them as cleaning rags.

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Buying Groceries

12. Shop farmer’s markets, create stands and natural food markets — you will see the freshest and most local food that is minimally packaged. Have a tour of this farmstand and house shown

13. Avoid purchasing single-serving packages. Pick the larger containers instead.

14. Keep plenty of reusable bags around. If you have problems remembering to bring bags, try keeping stashes of these on your car, from the entrance door, on your office and anywhere else they may come in handy.

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15. Use actual dishes and fabric napkins every day.

16. Try an alternative to plastic wrap. Put a plate on top of a bowl to store leftovers in the refrigerator or purchase dish covers that are removable.

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17. Our pets don’t ask for much, but it does not stop us from wanting to buy them all kinds of things. Keep things easy and stick with a few favorite toys and accessories.

18. Purchase your most often used pet supplies at bulk to cut down on packaging.

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19. Simplify your beauty regimen — fewer products means less waste.

20. Utilize microfiber cloths instead of paper towels for cleaning.

21. Purchase the greatest packages of toilet paper you may find to reduce packaging.

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22. Make friends with your public library. If you haven’t researched your local library lately, consider giving it a different look and borrow a book, movie or music CD instead of purchasing.

23. Rethink leisure moment. Relax on your backyard, cook dinner for friends, walk in nature, go for a bicycle ride, have a picnic or read a book — by the library!

Tell us Please share your tips for reducing waste round the house.

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