When it comes to taking care of the environment there is always room for improvement! Reducing and continuing to reduce waste can be overwhelming, but a great place to start is in your home! There are little improvements you can add such as, recycling or using cloth bags instead of plastic ones. The earth is our home and would you allow your home to be exploding with waste?! No, I didn’t think so! It’s time we take care of the earth, how it takes care of us. Here are some simple tips to reduce waste in your home!!
Know Recycling Rules
Some people avoid recycling bottles because they get confused by the symbols and different rules within states. Don’t get intimidated! Do some research on the recycling rules in the state you live in. It’s better to switch to reusable packaging, glass bottles, and insulated water bottles. Separate different types of waste you can recycle. For example, separate water bottles and cardboard or other objects that can be recycled. A list of common items you can recycle are listed below.
- Plastic bottles
- Paper and Cardboard
- Metal - Tin, aluminum, and steel cans
- Glass - Food containers or jars
- Loose plastic bags
- Foam cups or containers
- Soiled food items
Ditch Plastic Bags
This is an easy way to reduce waste in your home. Switch to reusable bags when shopping instead of relying on mainstream plastic bags you get from supermarkets. Cloth bags are more durable, help the environment, and are more stylish! Keep extra cloth bags in your car so you don’t forget them when you go shopping!
Develop a Meal Plan
Food waste is a large problem in American households because we always purchase more than we consume. Follow this one simple rule to prevent any food waste: only buy food that you know you will consume. This sounds like common sense but its surprising how much food is thrown into the garbage on a regular base.
Stop Buying Plastic Water Bottles
At the very least, please stop buying plastic water bottles! Water bottles and coffee cups are a huge waste of material when you could be using a reusable water bottle or travel coffee mug. Purchase a durable water bottle and coffee thermos so you can take your beverage with you! This will reduce the amount of waste you discard and it will help the environment.
Start using Reusable Containers
Store food properly and efficiently by using glass or plastic reusable containers. These containers will keep the food fresh and extend its life. Invest in some airtight containers for food items like cereals, rice, pasta, and other things. You can purchase mason jars at Target or T.J. Maxx, which efficiently store food and are stylish!
Learn to Repair NOT Discard!
Do you throw away an item the second it becomes damaged or broken? Did you try to repair it first? These are important questions to ask for this category. You can save money by learning how to repair items when they are broken. For example, if your shirt is torn, you can repair it by sewing the hole. It is better for the environment to purchase high-quality clothing rather than a bunch of cheap clothing that you would throw away. If something pops off or breaks, spend a couple minutes researching how to fix it because you are more than likely to find something online to help you!
Don’t use Disposable Plates
Washing dishes is definitely not a fun part of your day and many people believe washing dishes wastes a lot of water. On the other hand, using disposable dishes generates so much waste that it isn’t worth it. Stop being lazy and get your hands nice and wet to benefit the environment!