A lot goes inside your home—from daily meals to regular cleaning, cycling through groceries, and playing with pets and kids; there are tons of garbage and waste materials that make their way out and often to crowded landfills. You might not realize it, but even the average consumer generates a staggering amount of waste. The good news is that you can do so much more to reduce the amount of waste that you produce at home and send to the landfills. Plus, you can enjoy a nice bonus with savings that come with recycling and DIY projects you can do instead.
Don’t be part of the statistic that overcrowds landfills. Here are 10 simple things you can do at home to make waste removal a breeze and live an eco-friendly lifestyle:
Swap Plastic Bags for Reusable Alternatives
Plastic bags are probably the cornerstone of shopping, but reusable alternatives are quickly on the rise for their eco-friendly nature. Instead of opting for plastic bags—and in some stores, even paying more—make it a habit to bring a shopping bag made of cloth or canvas when running errands, like picking up groceries. Not only will you save at retailers that now charge for plastic bags, but you can shop more sustainably for much longer.
Use Recycling Bins Wisely
A lot of homeowners are taking a great step towards green living, but what they don’t always account for is where they place recycling bins. Even when there are recycling bins available, a lot of people still tend to dispose of their trash at the first chance they get, which is often to the wrong bin; thus, different kinds of waste materials get mixed up, making waste removal and recycling a nightmare. Make sure that recycling bins are placed in rooms wherein you and your kids are likely to throw items into the trash, such as the kitchen. It’s not just about having the right bins but placing them correctly and strategically to make it easier to recycle and practise proper waste disposal.
Next to non-reusable or single-use waste materials like plastic is smelly trash from food waste, baby diapers, and other organics. No one likes taking out the garbage when it’s this smelly, resulting in compost that is almost always improperly disposed of in landfills. A worm composter in the kitchen or installed on the deck can radically reduce the amount of waste you contribute to landfills. And for those with a green thumb, it makes excellent fertilizer as these enrich the soil and suppress both plant diseases and pests.
Recycle Absolutely Everything
Recycling has always been a core part of eco-friendly living and countless “save the earth” campaigns—and it’s for a good reason. From small items like papers to larger objects like old furniture, electronics parts, and wooden panels, almost everything can be recycled. If you’re not the DIY type or you simply find that you have no use for these materials, check with your local municipal authorities to see what they accept for recycling. As an alternative, check with your favourite brands and stores to see if they have recycling programs. For example, a lot of electronics manufacturers encourage users to drop off old chargers, batteries, and even handsets to avoid improperly—and potentially hazardous—waste removal
Use Disposable Lunch Boxes
Home-cooked meals are always a nice treat, but when you’re on a tight schedule, it’s inevitable to grab a quick bite. But don’t worry, there’s an eco-friendly alternative to the corner cafe’s plastic wraps and styrofoam containers. Make it a habit to bring disposable or reusable containers and ask them to use it for your takeout instead. Not only will you enjoy your meal with guaranteed freshness, but you can also reduce the plastic waste you generate even with takeout.
Opt for Products with Pure Packaging
Sometimes, plastic waste doesn’t start with you, but at the store. And while that’s not really your fault, you can still be an eco-friendly shopper by opting for products that come with pure packaging. This way, you can be certain that the containers or wrapping materials are recyclable upon waste removal. This extends to whatever you’re buying too. The next time you pick up juice boxes or milk, look past products that come in tetra packs and opt for alternatives like glass or reusable containers.
Bargain Hunt and Thrift Trove
That’s right, eco-friendly living goes beyond what you stock your fridge with and dump in segregated waste bins. Just like your favourite celebrities or closest friends who have stopped buying makeup products from brands that still use animal testing, a similar principle applies to clothing.
Instead of changing up your wardrobe with store-bought clothes every so often, consider green, sustainable alternatives. Thrift stores and apps like LetGo and Facebook Marketplace are home to some of the most underrated pieces—and without the price tag. In fact, a lot of these clothes are just lightly used, if not at all, making it possible to complete your #OOTD with trendy finds at record bargains. While it seems small on a global scale, the clothing industry accounts for up to 3% of all global emissions through shipping, washing, and drying, not to mention the sourcing of materials themselves.
Don’t be Afraid to DIY
Thanks to Pinterest, the world of DIY is abuzz with all the latest craft projects you can do at home, providing not only generous savings when it comes to shopping for essentials, but unparalleled safety and assurance that comes from knowing where the product comes from and how it was made.
Some of the most popular DIY projects include homemade tooth powder for swapping out commercial toothpaste, coupled with compostable wooden toothbrushes. As for cosmetics, your lips, eyes, hair, and nails will thank you for DIY balms made without toxic chemicals, but lots of homemade love.
Store Leftovers Properly
Leftovers are common after every meal, and while the best way to avoid them is to prepare bite-sized meals to begin with, these are inevitable. While some families make it a habit to reheat leftovers for the following meal, a lot of forgotten, spoiled foods end up in waste disposal. To avoid this—and cut back on food waste—make sure to store leftovers properly, using tightly sealed containers placed in a cool, dry location. That means making sure that they’re safely stored in the fridge, instead of being left exposed on the counter, and get to them before trying out yet another new recipe.
Find Treasure in Trash
You know what they say, one man’s trash is another’s treasure, and it’s true! Don’t be so quick to throw away items that you think you don’t need, like glass jars and scrap metal. Rather than dumping them for waste removal right away, think of ways to recycle them first and ensure that they are properly disposed of once thoroughly reused.
Eco-friendly living starts with you at home. Learn about proper waste disposal and find the right tools to get started. All it takes is having the right bins at home, so you can easily segregate recyclables from real waste. Platinum Mini Bins offers bin rentals and trash removal. Call us at 1-855-615-8310 or contact us here for more.