Creating Less Waste
Have you ever thought about how much waste you create on a daily basis? Lately, I have really been researching ways to create a less wasteful footprint in our world. Have you ever sat down and thought about the amount of trash YOU create on a daily basis without even acknowledging it? For instance, just this morning, I went to Starbucks and got an espresso and the bacon egg bites. With those 2 items came a handful of napkins, 2 cups, a plastic fork ENCASED in plastic, the container that hold the bites and the bag it came in. UNNECESSARY.
I’m super guilty of it, but I am becoming more aware. I am really into some of the zero waste social media and YouTube proponents and they have been really helpful in giving me tips on how I can lower the amount of waste we create in this world. Going into the new year I want to start fresh with this mentality, and hopefully I will be able to change some of my families habits.
Here are a few ways I am adopting to shrink my waste creation. Hope they help!
10 Ways to Cut Down on Waste
- Recycling-This one is a given when it comes to being more eco-friendly. Our trash service does not offer recycling, but my in-laws, who live 1/2 mile away have it, so I will be taking our recyclables over to their house instead.
- Reusable Grocery Bags-I have them, but I have made a vow to myself to actually USE them. I literally will go in a store and just not go back out to the car to get them out of sheer laziness. UGH. My plan is to actually buy more, and use them whenever I shop.
- Buying in Bulk-moving forward, I will stop buying one-off products. I will buy items in bulk as much as I can.
- Composting– I started doing this last year, but I never really got into it. Moving forward I will be composting my scraps for my spring/summer garden
- Gardening-I have already been doing this, but I want to put more effort into it from now on. I will be gardening so that a majority of our vegetables are home grown and organic.
- Skipping the produce bags at the market-the coincides with #2 on this list, but I am referring to the thin plastic bags you put your fruits and veggies in at the grocery store. Lately, I have just been skipping them altogether.
- No straws-straws are bad and wasteful. Using them is just a habit that I will be working on breaking.
- Switching to glass containers-I have already been in the process of doing this. A majority of my home products are steel, glass, or porcelain. The plastic items we have reusable and I will not be purchasing more moving forward.
- Eco-friendly cleaning supplies– I use Seventh Generation and Method cleaners for our home, as well as vinegar and baking soda. I also use reusable and biodegradable rags and sponges. Sometimes, I do use bleach, with white laundry, and in the bathroom and kitchen, but in very small amounts. I do want to move away from bleach in the future and I am working towards it. In doing laundry, I would like to hang a clothesline in the spring and summer to dry clothes on, to cut down on using the dryer.
- Buying products that do double or triple duty-I use a CC cream that is both a foundation and sunscreen. We use Dr. Bronners‘ soap (I get it cheap at TJ Maxx or whomever has it on sale) as a body and face wash, produce cleaner, and for spot cleaning around the house.