Although recycling is a great thing to do, we need to take more radical steps to reduce waste in our home. Here are some of our top tips on how to reduce waste in our homes. We need to reduce, refuse, reuse and rot things as well as recycling. Munch has a number of products over at www.munchcupboard.com.

Also have a read on some of our other wastefree posts such as our new subscription.

General tips to reduce waste in your home

Here are some general tips to consider when you are thinking about items for your home. Consider these before you buy new.

  • Every time we buy we have the choice to buy in bulk or secondhand. Buy primarily in bulk or secondhand, but if you must buy new, choose glass, metal, or cardboard.
  • Remember brand-new isn’t necessarily best. See what you can repurpose from second-hand shops.
  • Examine the need and life-cycle of your purchases. If you do buy new, buy good quality items that can be repaired. Could you borrow the item from somewhere?
  • If you must buy new, glass, metal, and cardboard are better options than plastic, which ends up in either being shipped across the world for recycling, or in the landfill or in our oceans.
  • If you do buy, shop local. Supporting neighbourhood businesses keeps people employed and helps prevent trucks from driving far distances.
  • Do a bit of online research and buy only from companies that you know have sustainable practices and don’t harm the environment. Buy from companies that have a zero waste policy. For example at www.nilproducts.com we turn all our production off cuts into our Organic Fire Starters.
  • Learn to make your own. Whether it is getting back to first principles with cooking and using unprocessed ingredients, or making your own skin care.  You can easily make your own toothpaste, deodorant and body scrubs.
  • For zero waste cleaning: microfiber cloths for mirrors, vinegar for mould, baking soda as scrub, a mix of baking soda and vinegar as drain cleaner.
  • Stop paper bank statements and pay your bills online and opt for e-statements.
  • Turn off the lights. Your TV or computer screen provides a cosy glow, so turn off other lights if you don’t need them.
  • Plug air leaks in windows and doors to increase energy efficiency
  • Replace old appliances with energy efficient models and light bulbs
  • If you have the option, install solar panels in your house. This will also reduce your electricity bill!
  • Carpets and good curtains will keep your home warmer. You will use energy to heat your home.
  • Bike, walk or take public transport. Save the car trips for when you’ve got a big group.
  • Always use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup and always take your bag when you shop. Pass on the plastic bag and start carrying your own reusable totes and shopping bags.
  • Maintain your car. A well-tuned car will emit fewer toxic fumes.

Check out our recent ebooks to help you along your way….

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