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Easy Ways to control on Waste, Everyday life


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Easy Ways to control on Waste, Everyday life

Living greener doesn’t always require drastic change,
like moving to a treehouse or foraging for herbs. All it takes is a few
small tweaks in your daily living to cut down your waste count by a
significant amount. With a little research and a lot of motivation, you
can be become the Green Queen
(or King) in no time – and might even be able to say goodbye to your
garbage can. These nine tips and tricks for cutting down your waste will
get you started on a greener living.   

COMPOST

Yes, the big “C.” Composting
may sound like a practice limited to only the truest of treehuggers,
but, in fact, it’s actually quite easy and requires very little time,
effort and space. The process involves upcycling leftover food and
organic matter to make a dark, rich substance known as humus, often used
as a conditioner for soil. Keep a small bin on your kitchen counter
where you can easily dump food scraps (including fruit, vegetables,
eggshells, and coffee grounds).
ECO-ADVICE:
Different lifestyles call for different composting methods. If you’re an
avid gardener with a backyard, you can use the compost for your
personal garden. If you live in a city that doesn’t offer curbside
pickup, you might be able to donate your compost to a community garden
or nearby farm.
 

compost bin with food

Keep a small compost bin on your kitchen counter to more easily dispose of food scraps (Shutterstock)

 

BUY IN BULK

Buying in bulk is a great way
to reduce packaging waste, save money, and try new foods in small
quantities. Bulk stores are usually made up of rows of bins with scoops
for you to ladle out your desired amount. In many bulk stores, you can
buy grains, cereals, dried fruit, herbs, toiletries, cleaning products
and even oils and vinegars.
ECO-ADVICE: Only buy as much as you can use before it goes bad. As a precaution, see if you can sample an item before you fill up.
 

bulk food bins

Remember to bring your own containers and bags when buying in bulk (Shutterstock)
 

CARRY YOUR OWN JARS AND RE-USABLE BAGS

Canvas bags are a
treehugger’s staple. Avoid plastic altogether by always carrying a
reusable bag or tote (many are built to be compact) in your purse or
car. If you’re going bulk shopping, bring along jars with lids for any
liquids.
ECO-ADVICE: Keep a stash of reusable
bags in an easy-to-remember place so you can grab them any time you go
shopping. Whether it’s your car, below the kitchen sink or next to the
car keys – just designate a place and stick with it.
 

shopping with canvas bag

No trip to the supermarket is complete without a resuable tote bag (Shutterstock)

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR TRASH

Okay, it may seem a little
gross, but it’s definitely worth taking a few minutes one day to rifle
through your trash bin. See what types of packaging and products you
seem to be throwing out most – this is where you should focus your waste
reducing efforts.
ECO-ADVICE: While you’re
down there ransacking your trash bin, double check to see if the items
you’re throwing out are actually recyclable. Toilet paper rolls,
non-aerosol deodorants, and cooking oil bottles are just some items
people mistake for non-recyclable.
 

organized trash bin

Separate your trash to see what makes up most of your waste (Shutterstock)

 

REPLACE PAPER WITH CLOTH  

Yes, the disposable quality
of paper products is convenient, but you just end up with avoidable
waste. Napkins, paper towels, cleaning wipes can all be replaced with
microfiber cloths, old t-shirts, huck towels and cloth napkins.
ECO-ADVICE: Keep
a bin under the kitchen sink where you can easily toss dirty, used
cloths and then throw them in with the rest of the laundry.
 

Cleaning floor with rag

Replacing disposable floor wipes with a towel or rag is an easy way to cut down on waste (Shutterstock)

 

RETHINK YOUR TOILETRIES  

Going green doesn’t mean sacrificing personal hygiene. Try a bamboo compostable toothbrush as a substitute for a plastic one, and organic, vegan makeup in place of drugstore brands.
ECO-ADVICE: Also make sure the packaging is recyclable when purchasing eco-friendly toiletry products.
 

Bamboo toothbrush

Bamboo toothbrushes provide a eco-friendly alternative to the plastic variety (Shutterstock)

GET YOUR BILLS ONLINE

These days, most companies
offer the option to receive bills via email or through an online
account. Checking this box means cutting out a lot of unwanted mail and
paper waste – much of which you probably throw out without opening
anyway.
ECO-ADVICE: To avoid receiving paper-heavy pamphlets and promotional materials as well, pop a ‘No Circulars’ sign on your mailbox.
 

Payment options on computer

Switch your payment method via your online banking account (Shutterstock) 

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BUY A REUSABLE WATER  BOTTLE

Reusable water bottles are probably the easy step to sustainability. Purchasing a reusable water bottle you can fill up anytime, anywhere will definitely save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.
ECO-ADVICE: If you’re feeling guilty about the plastic water bottles you’ve accumulated over time, don’t fear. There are plenty of DIY projects that transform your plastic bottles to something new and useful.
 

Aluminum reusable water bottle

Aluminum reusable water bottles keep your drinks cold and are also good for the environment (Shutterstock)

 

MAKE YOUR OWN PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

If you’re feeling especially
ambitious, try making your own hygiene products at home. Soaps,
toothpastes and even deodorants can be made using only a few natural
ingredients, like coconut oil and baking soda. This goes for spa treatments, as well.
ECO-ADVICE:
If you’d like a nice scent or taste to compliment your DIY creation,
try a few drops of aromatic essential oils, like peppermint, sandalwood
or lavender.
 

coc0nut oilCoconut oil is a key ingredient in many homemade personal care products (Shutterstock)

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