5 Realistic Ways to Reduce Household Waste

Read through any article on the subject, and you’re likely to be met with an abundance of very effective, yet very impractical suggestions for downsizing your rubbish pile. But the truth is, if we really want to reduce our waste, we need to implement realistic, practical lifestyle changes that we can stick to, for life. Below we show you 10 ways how.

Choose to reuse

Whatever it is, whether it’s a water bottle or a paper towel, choosing reusable over disposable is always the sensible option. With the rise of environmental and climate change awareness, more and more of our everyday household items are being replaced by reusable options, with some more useful than others. Think of the throw-away items you seem to go through the most around your house each week and seek out reusable options. Then, give yourself a month or two to get used to the new version an, d decide whether or not it’s something you can stick to. For example, if you go through roll after roll of kitchen towel, try swapping to rags or a cotton cloth instead. If the eco-friendly option doesn’t work out for you, you can keep the disposable option and concentrate your efforts on other ways of reducing waste.
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Get organised

The power of a well organised home can be life changing in more ways than one. Not only will having neat and orderly surroundings help to clear your mind, but it can be really helpful for reducing household waste too. How, you say? Well, having a place for everything and everything in its place will help to prevent you buying more of items you already own. This goes for everything from food, to cleaning supplies to clothing and even household décor.
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Visit your local market

Supermarkets are very convenient in that almost everything you need for your weekly food shop can be found under one roof. However, supermarkets are also filled with unnecessary and extremely wasteful plastic. When you can, try to buy from local greengrocers and butchers, where fruit, veg and meat can be bought without packaging. That way, you can bring your own, reusable containers to fill with food and take home.
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Plan your meals (and stick to the plan)

If food is the biggest culprit of waste in your home then the best way to prevent it is by planning your weekly meals. Make sure you check the dates on any pre-packaged food and use them before they expire to prevent unnecessary waste. Make it a rule not to buy any food until there is only one meal’s worth left in your fridge. This will not only help you reduce your food waste, but your food bill too.
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Opt for quality over quantity

It can be hard to part with your hard earned cash, but paying a little bit extra for high quality items that last is a highly effective way to reduce waste. When you can, opt for items that come with a year plus guarantee. Remember, expensive doesn’t always mean better quality though, so be sure check reviews of the item. Sellers that offer trials so that you can test the item before you make a purchase are always worth testing if you can trust yourself to return it within the trial period if you don’t like it.