Many consumers are making moves to minimize their environmental impact and conserve resources. Part of that responsibility starts with finding ways to reduce household waste, which helps improve indoor air quality as well.
Below are some ways to reduce household waste, help the environment, and conserve available resources.
5 Easy Techniques to Reduce Household Waste
Compost Your Bio-Degradable Waste
Research shows that approximately 25% of all household waste is compostable. While composting may take more time and effort than the other techniques on this list, in the long run, it’s more beneficial.
Composting biodegradable waste will, for starters, provide you with organic fertilizer to use in your garden or lawn. That means you spend less on store-bought fertilizer and grow your produce organically. Most importantly, you’ll have a positive impact on the environment.
Recycle and Reuse
Recycling and reusing require making a conscious decision when shopping for products. For instance, rather than leaving the house empty-handed every time you go shopping, invest in a few reusable shopping bags and carry them with you.
You don’t have to use the plastic shopping bags provided in grocery and big-box stores. Similarly, when shopping for plastic-packaged products, look for those with the least and most recyclable packaging and recycle them instead of throwing them in the trash.
Reduce Household Waste: Buy in Bulk
When you buy small packages of food and goods, more packaging material goes in the trash. Instead, purchase the biggest container of washing detergent. It will last you longer, and you’ll only have a single package to dispose of when it’s empty.
Similarly, when you shop for household products in bulk, you’ll consume less packaging plastics. There are more benefits to buying in bulk than just reducing household waste, like saving money. Typically, you pay less per ounce or pound when you buy more. Ultimately, you’ll reduce household waste and how much you spend on your shopping.
Avoid Single-Serve Dishes and Cutlery
Single-serve packaged items are standard in most fast-food restaurants and snacks. While they save you time and effort, they do more damage to the environment. Instead, opt for items and restaurants that use eco-friendly packaging and cutlery that you can recycle, compost, or reuse.
Carry Drinking Water From Home
Plastic water bottles are some of the worst environmental pollutants. They’re cheap to manufacture but are often non-recyclable and end up in landfills and, unfortunately, oceans.
Water is essential for life, but you don’t have to take a fresh bottle of water with you every time you leave the house. Instead, invest in a reusable insulated water bottle and carry drinking water with you wherever you go.
While the suggestions above are only the tip of the iceberg, they’re an excellent starting point for every environmentally-conscious consumer.