Have you been feeling like your life is just crammed full of disposable stuff? Does it feel like you have to empty the trash way too often? Well, you're not alone! Many homeowners are looking to find ways to reduce waste and lessen their environmental impact. Here are some tips to reduce your home waste and save some time and money doing it.
'First In, First Out' is a restaurant term used in the industry to help keep waste to a minimum. Luckily, it's also something you can start doing at home as well! When you get home and unpack your groceries, shift the older foods to the front of the fridge, freezer, or pantry and put new ones in the back. This will not only help to prevent clutter, but you'll more likely use products before they expire!
If you're anything like we are, you'll find that account statements tend to pile up on the kitchen counter or right near the front door; along with school notes, flyers, and other paraphernalia. Spend one evening to switch all of your billing to electronic and you'll avoid the mess and the waste completely! Make sure you move them to a "safe list" so they don't get lost in your spam folder. As a tip: when the bills come in, mark them as "important," then uncheck them once they're paid. We've found that if you mark your calendar each month it's much easier to remember and deal with all of them at once.
These are one of those tips you may never have thought of, but plastic toothbrushes have very short lifespans and end up in the landfill after you're done. Start taking stock of the toothbrushes in your house and use them until they're done (make sure to save these old ones for cleaning jobs). When it comes time to buy new ones, consider getting compostable bamboo toothbrushes! They work just the same and don't end up in the landfill.
It may come as a surprise that your old Magic Bullet you never use is something that someone else is looking for, but they are! When you sell something you don't use anymore, you keep the item out of the landfill, you stop someone from having to buy new, and you make some cash. This is a win-win-win scenario all the way around! Also, when you're joining these buy-and-sell groups, be sure to look into other resources in your city like tool-share programs, which will also save you space and money.
Buying foods in bulk minimizes the amount of overall packaging you consume, and you can shop just a few times a year for dry goods! Bulk purchasing is cheaper, makes grocery shopping way less time consuming, and you'll rarely run out. It's also worth noting that Bulk Barn has introduced a reusable container program, turning your trips into a zero-waste shopping experience.
Little changes like switching to electronic billing, buying in bulk, and arranging groceries with expiration dates in mind will make a big difference in your waste output. These are the first steps you can take to help lessen your environmental footprint and we hope it encourages you to go forth and do even more in the future! For more tips and tricks around the house be sure to follow Marina Homes' blog series.