Tips To Reduce Trash in Your Home
There is a woman in New York who can fit all the trash she has from the last 2 years in a 16 oz mason jar. This is a pretty extreme case though and it isn’t easy to achieve. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t reduce the amount of trash in your home. There are a few simple things you can do to reduce trash in your home and put you on the path of a 16 oz trash can if that’s your goal.
Buy Packaging Free:
Most foods these days come in some kind of packaging either a box or wrapped in plastic. But there are some stores where this isn’t the case. You can buy in bulk, using your own reusable bags instead of the thin plastic ones the store provides.
Bring your own containers and shop at meat counters or butchers. In some places, you can even find milk and juice in glass bottles that you can return. Buy fresh bread that is wrapped in paper or straight from a baker with no wrapping at all.
For non-food items try to eliminate packaging completely or, if you can’t avoid it try for compostable rather than plastic.
You can also bring your own reusable shopping bags to the store. That way you do not have to worry about having a bunch of plastic shopping bags kicking around.
I have tried a bunch of different ones and LOVE the ones with zippers on them. Keeps things from coming out of the bag in the car.
Make Your Own Individual Sized Foods:
Now you might be wondering about those individually packed yogurts or your favorite snack bars. For yogurt, buy a large container. They use less plastic than the individually sized containers and you can reuse them around the house.
For those snack bars, check online for a copycat recipe. There are dozens of sites dedicated to remaking every delicious treat you can think of. By making them at home you remove wrappers and you get to adjust the recipe any way you want.
Banish Straws or Buy Reusable:
Straws are one of the most harmful plastic items you can throw away. They’re one of the most common things found in the stomachs of dead sea animals. Because they’re one-time use, not to mention flimsy you will end up throwing away a lot of them in your lifetime.
If you need to have straws, you can buy stainless steel straws. The straws, if properly maintained, can last you…well…as long as a spoon might. Be sure when you buy your stainless-steel straw that you also get a straw brush. This will help you keep it clean and bacteria free.
Request Zero Plastic Packaging When You Order Online:
You order a shirt online and it comes in a box. Inside that box is your shirt in a plastic sleeve. Of course, you aren’t going to do anything with that sleeve now. It’s just trash. Or even worse, packaging fillers. Some companies use Styrofoam, some use plastic pockets filled with air. Both just end up in your trash can.
So, when you order something online request they skip the unnecessary packaging. They may not do it, but if enough people request it often enough then these vendors might get on board.
If you can not get it removed from your order, try to find some way to reuse it to reduce trash and keep it out of the landfills. There really are endless ways to reuse things such as this
Move Your Bills Online:
One place you can reduce trash from your home is with your monthly bills. Every month you might get up to a dozen envelopes, all of them with those plastic windows. But if you move your bills online the letters will stop. Connecting them with your bank account and doing everything digitally removes all those bills. You’ll still get statements from your bank from time to time but that isn’t really a bad thing.
Connecting them with your bank account and doing everything digitally removes all those bills. You’ll still get statements from your bank from time to time but that isn’t really a bad thing.
There you have it! Just a few ways to reduce trash in your home that are not difficult to do. Though they may require a bit of research before you go out shopping.
Eliminating trash is not only good for your state of mind but also the environment. So, what are you waiting for? Put together a plan that works for your family and get out there!
Do you have a tip to help reduce trash? We would love to hear it in the comments!