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Live A Greener Life By Reducing Household Waste

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Learning how to live a greener life by reducing household waste is everyone’s responsibility.

A man in front of recycle bins with his trash can filled full of recyclable material.

Reduce your environmental impact by reducing your waste, and that will influence the people around you to do the same.

Doing this improves the planet as a whole.

Here are a few ways you can quickly cut down your household waste.

Compost Instead Of Throwing Out Foods

Compostable foods account for as much as 25% of our solid waste.

Instead of throwing away those carrot peels and orange peels, learn to compost them.

It’s not difficult.

All you need to do is save up your compostable foods in a separate bin, then throw them into the dirt to compost.

It will enrich your soil while simultaneously reducing your waste.

Bring Your Own Bags and Cups

When you go shopping, bring your own bags to avoid using plastic bags.

Get your whole family in the habit of doing this and on average you will save over a hundred plastic bags per year.

When you go out for coffee, make it a habit to bring your own cup.

Often times coffee shops will give you a discount or a larger portion if you bring your own cup.

If you swing by Starbucks every morning, that’s 30 cups a month and 365 cups a year that aren’t going in the landfill.

Buy Recyclable And Recycle

Check to see if the products you’re buying are made out of recyclable materials before you buy them.

If there’s a choice between buying recyclable and non-recyclable, go with the recyclable materials every time.

Set up your own recycling bin and encourage your neighborhood to recycle.

If your neighborhood doesn’t currently have a recycling program set up, see what you can do about getting a recycling program set up.

Buy Whole Foods

Instead of buying pre-packaged foods, opt to buy whole foods instead.

For example, instead of buying canned tomatoes, buy whole tomatoes.

This is one less can that ends up in the landfill.

Avoid canned fish, pre-packaged mushrooms, fruit packages, etc. and opt for their whole food counterparts instead.

Donate Or Sell Old Stuff

Instead of throwing out things that have been collecting dust, make it a habit of donating them or selling them.

Something that you might have no interest in anymore may be worth something to someone else.

Sell used items on eBay, LetGo, Facebook Marketplace or at a garage sale.

If you prefer not to sell the itmes, donate them to Goodwill or a local charity instead.

Buy In Large Quantities

A lot of things you normally buy like toilet paper, take less packaging if you buy in larger quantities.

For example, instead of buying several containers of small boxes, such as laundry detergent, buy one big box.

When you see a choice between buying bigger or smaller, pick the bigger box provided that you will eventually use it all.

You will also usually be paying less per ounce, although the initial cost is higher.

These are a few of the many ways you can reduce your household waste and help the environment.

Remember that protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility.

By reducing your waste, you’re doing your part to help the planet.

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Rosie (@greenrosielife)

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

If we all wasted less we could do a huge amount to reduce our impact on the planet. I still can't get my head round the fact that 30-50% of all food produced is wasted from farm to consumer. This is to change and we can all do our bit to reduce waste. #GoingGreen

Sheri Ann Richerson

Wednesday 30th of January 2019

Absolutely we could! Thanks for stopping by. Things do need to change, but in order for that to happen more people need to commit to going green!


Friday 11th of January 2019

Buying larger items of toilet roll and washimng liquid etc is a good idea as long as you have enough space to store. I buy individual items of fruit and veg as and when needed, so 1 onion, 1 carrot to reduce food waste #goinggreen

Sheri Ann Richerson

Saturday 12th of January 2019

I try to can or dehydrate the extra, but I also grow my own whenever possible. Stocking up is always a good idea and I think sometimes places where things can be stored are overlooked. Putting extra items in a tote under a couch or bed is a great storage solution and lets people who just don't have much closet or cabinet space stock up without things just sitting around.


Tuesday 8th of January 2019

There are so many things each of us could do to reduce waste, individually as well as putting pressure on mainstream supermarkets to reduce silly packaging. We really need to have a stronger, more unified voice as consumers :) #goinggreen

Sheri Ann Richerson

Saturday 12th of January 2019

Absolutely, I agree! I think there is just so much waste these days. Cutting down on packaging would be a big help.

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