How to Reduce Waste in Your Home

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Did you know that reducing waste in your home, including reusing and recycling, is a great way to live more naturally? It allows you be kinder to the environment, reduce your carbon footprint, and make use of as many materials as possible.

Let’s take a look at how we can reduce waste in our homes starting today.

Start Meal Planning and Cooking at Home

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A simple way to start reducing waste in your home is to do meal planning and cook more meals at home. This helps you to reduce waste from processed foods and frozen food containers. Think about how many food containers you end up throwing away and not recycling just from eating out. Fast food restaurants wrap every single food item, plus most leftover containers are not recyclable.

When you use a lot of processed ingredients, all that plastic and glass is just using precious resources that end up getting thrown away. The more you cook from home with fresh, whole ingredients, the less waste you are going to use.

Reuse Your Containers

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Reuse! Reuse! Reuse! There are likely many containers you purchase that hold different foods and ingredients, that you currently just throw out. Before you put anything in the trash, consider if it can be reused for something else.

For example, those plastic butter or margarine containers are great for storing your children’s crayons and marbles. You can reuse glass jars to store salads or other meal prepping ingredients. I also use glass containers to store maple syrup. The possibilities are endless and you just need to get creative.

Learn How to Compost

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Composting is the practice of taking much of what you would have thrown away, and instead returning it to the earth. All you really need is a good-sized compost bin where you will throw items like egg shells, banana peels, potato peels, coffee grounds, avocado skin, and vegetable scraps. You can also compost other items like grass clippings, printer paper, newspaper, and yard waste. Compost is also great to add to your garden as a natural fertilizer.

Reduce Waste in the Kitchen

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A lot of the waste you go through in your home takes place in your very own kitchen. Here are more ways you can reduce waste in this area of your home.

  • Use microfiber cloths instead of paper towels. Stop buying single-use paper towels! These are such a waste and can’t be recycled. Microfiber cloths works just as well, if not better, to soak up liquids, clean, dry your hands, and so much more.
  • Get reusable baggies for lunches and snacks. Those plastic storage bags are not necessary when you can get reusable ones that are easy to rinse and keep using over and over again.

How are you reducing waste in your home? Share your best tips with my followers.

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