As you try to find ways to reduce your waste, the idea can sound daunting. There are many places to start, but that’s also the beauty of it. Here are some ideas to get you started on how to live a waste-free life.
Repair What You Already Own
You know those pair of pants you love, but has a hole in the pocket? Rather than buying a new pair of pants, you could learn to patch the hole yourself or visit your local tailor to make the life of your items last a little longer.
Avoid Single-Use Items
When you can, a simple way to reduce waste is to consciously avoid single-use products like plastic waterbottles and silverware. When at a restaurant, you can ask for them not to include these items or even bring your own utensils from home.
Invest in High Quality Products
Instead of buying the cheaper version which you will inevitably have to replace again and again, consider saving up for higher quality products that will last a longer time. Investing in these pieces also increases appreciation for the item you buy if you wait longer to purchase it.
Buy Food in Bulk
More and more grocery stores are starting to provide bulk item bins for non-perishable foods like rice, beans, nuts, spices, granola, etc. Some even have the option to use your own reusable jars and bags. Buying in bulk is oftentimes cheaper in the long run and kinder on the environment when you use your own packaging.
Buy Secondhand Items
Buying secondhand is a cheap way to snag items you wouldn’t necessarily find otherwise. You can discover hidden treasures as well as everyday items like pre owned desks, musical instruments, tables, or mugs.
Repurpose Old Items
Creating something new from an older item you already own is not only innovative, but an exciting and fulfilling way to reduce your waste. You can make rags out of old t-shirts instead of paper towels, seed starters out of egg cartons, and so on. There is potential within many of your items at home, you just have to use a little creativity.
What are some other ways you can reduce your waste? Whether you fight against the plastic industry or support secondhand shops and sellers, you are helping the environment, your wallet, even small businesses. Starting small and incorporating new ways to be less wasteful is always helpful.