How to Reduce Waste in Your Home
We now live in a throwaway society where we hardly think about how much waste we are disposing of and the amount that will be dumped on landfill. It may be time to start putting a plan of action in place so that we can keep our waste management under control within our household.
1. Buy in bulk
If you buy in bulk rather than buying items separately, you should reduce the amount of packaging significantly and then recycle the packaging that you have used. Most packaging is completely useless and is often used solely to make the product look much more appealable. Imagine if everything you purchased was sold separately; you wouldn’t believe the amount of packaging that would go to waste.
2. Make a compost pile for scraps
If you are a family that generates a lot of food waste, especially if you have little ones who are picky eaters, all of that waste will be disposed of into your litter bin. It would be a great idea to make a compost pile outdoors for food, that can gradually decompose rather than being thrown into the litter bin which will start to rot. You may not be aware, but this sort of waste is fantastic for your soil and plants therefore you will be getting benefits for your efforts.
3. Buy re-usable products
Instead of buying throw-away items that can only be used once, buy products that can be used time and time again. For example, you may buy hundreds and hundreds of sponges every year to clean bathrooms and kitchens when items you already have could do the job even better. For example, rather than throwing away old clothing, you may have old t-shirts which could be used to be used as rags for everyday household cleaning. Or, old toothbrushes to grout the bathroom. Old jars are now fashionable to be used as glasses with straws for parties, or perhaps even to store stationary or jewellery. Let the imagination run wild and see what you can come up with to re-use your old things… it really is that simple and will save you so much money.
5. Buy high quality products
Almost the same train of thought as the statement above, try not to buy too many cheap products. Although it is very tempting to spend less, investing in more expensive higher quality items means that they are less likely to break or wear out easily, therefore won’t need thrown away as quickly. Investing in more expensive items will also save you money in the long-term.
6. Sell your old things
If there are items around your house that could be sold, organise a family car boot sale or perhaps find suitable websites online to sell your old junk. Your old rubbish could be someone else’s treasure. Not only will doing this clear out your home quickly, but you will be making money alongside doing good for the environment, as your old bits and pieces will most likely be dumped on landfill. It really is a no-brainer!