People make a lot of garbage. There are so many things that you buy that create waste. If you’ve been trying to think of ways to use less, it’s likely you’ve come up with things like composting, recycling, and using reusable bags.
Those are all great ideas, but there are so many more ways to cut down on your trash. There is one family that fits all of their trash for a year in one glass jar! Even if you aren’t ready to reduce that far, you could still quit putting more than one trash bag out to the curb each week.
Here are three things you can do that maybe you hadn’t thought of to help cut down the waste going into landfills. If you aren’t convinced that you need to do something about garbage take a drive to the nearest landfill and it just might change your mind.
Shop In Bulk With Your Own Reusable Bags
You may have heard people say that the healthiest areas to shop around the store are all around the outside, skipping individual isles. Think about what is in this area- fruits and vegetables, the deli, and fresh meats.
Shop in these sections. If you have a bulk food shop anywhere near you utilize it. Also, spend a lot of time at your local farm market. Take your own cloth bags or mesh bags that you can reuse for your produce.
You can find special bags for your meat purchases that can either be washed or are biodegradable, so that you aren’t adding to the landfills.
Don’t Buy Disposable Items
A lot of people buy disposable items for the easier cleanup, when with just a little extra cleaning time they could actually be doing something to help the environment. The kitchen is probably one of the main rooms where you overuse disposable items.
Instead of buying paper towels, use towels that can be washed and used again. Don’t waste money on paper plates, plastic or styrofoam cups, plastic silverware, or any of that type of wasteful garbage.
You can also switch from disposable things in your bathroom, like changing your baby to cloth diapers and yourself to cloth pads. They take a little more cleanup work and time, but you will also be helping to save the environment!
Create Multi Use Items In Your Home
Instead of buying a bunch of different cleaners for your home, take some time to learn about some of your regular staples multi uses. There are many kitchen items that can be used as cleaners too.
Instead of buying a scrubbing soap cleaner, use baking soda. Lemon helps whiten stuff and vinegar is safer for cleaning your coffee pot than toxic cleaners that are specifically made for the job.
You can also buy big bottles of Castile soap that can be used for almost anything in your home. Mix some with baking soda to brush your teeth. It can work as a shampoo, dish soap, and even laundry soap with just a few other household ingredients added!
Even businesses can have waste management experts come in and help them learn how to reduce their waste. If that’s possible, then it’s definitely possible for individuals to cut down on their trash output.