5 Effortless Ways to Minimize Waste Around the House

The amount of resources wasted by us is staggering when you look at the numbers. Private households in the US waste 25% of the food they buy, reports Statista. Thankfully, awareness of our wasteful habits has also increased in recent years. And, many people are trying to make changes to their lifestyle to reduce their footprint. Here are five ways in which you can make a difference at home.

Think sustainability

Our oceans have anywhere from 10,000s to 100,000s tons of plastic, according to Ourworldindata.org. Give some thought to the complete life cycle of the products you buy: This will help you find more sustainable products. Some options include biodegradable cutlery, natural laundry detergents, secondhand and rental clothes, and biodegradable trash bags.

Stop energy waste

Monitoring energy use is much more convenient these days with devices for individual appliances and complete homes. You can track your energy costs in real time and receive mobile notifications about your energy use. Along with monitoring usage, make energy-saving decisions in general – choose the energy efficient LED bulb, turn off unnecessary lighting, and use the switch-off option instead of standby.

Buy in bulk

Buying in bulk not only helps you reduce the quantity of packaging you use, but it’ll also help you save money. Start tracking how much you consume so you have an idea of the bulk quantities you’ll need. Tracking will also ensure you don’t go overboard with your buying. Also, consider comparing the prices of your favorite stores with ones you don’t visit that often. At least one researchsuggests that price comparisons can help you save as much as 40% on cereals/ bread.

 

Repair and repurpose

Invest in high-quality items and extend their life by repairing them. Besides the likely advantage of spending less than a new purchase, you’ll also be wasting less. So, If your oven starts acting funny, remember to call your home warranty company before you decide to toss it.

Start repurposing things to minimize waste. Repurposing is something you can easily do at home without any special artistic skills. For instance, you can transform your used bottles into vases and chandeliers. Here are some ideas for repurposing bottles, cans, windows, doors, etc.

 

Choose natural products

Think of natural, zero-waste alternatives to the products you use in your everyday life. Granted it’s harder to replace some products because of personal affinity or usefulness, but a natural product may provide those benefits without the additional waste of resources. For example, you can make your skin care routine more natural by incorporating hand-made soaps and clean lipsticks. However, don’t trust the label blindly. Investigate whether the company is actually organic or just using the label. Here are descriptions for different contaminants in cosmetics provided by the FDA.

Besides cosmetics, you can find a variety of organic cleaning sprays and scrubs that have the added benefit of smelling great. And along with domestic items, you can also find products for your outdoor activities – get one with nature with an organic camping bedroll.

By: Paige A. Mitchell

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