A Beginner’s Guide to Reducing Waste

Reducing waste: it’s what we strive to do every day. And while recycling has numerous benefits, the average person in the United States still generates a whopping 3.5 pounds of garbage per day after recycling appropriate materials. The key to seriously cutting down your waste is to reduce the amount of materials you bring into your home in the first place. And with the end of the year approaching, it’s a good time to make this one of your New Year resolutions. Here are a few simple tips:

  • Use reusable shopping bags and containers. If just buying a few items, you can forgo using a bag altogether.
  • Stop the junk mail! The average American receives over 30 pounds of junk mail a year. See this previous blog for some fast and easy ways to rid yourself of the pile.
  • Switch to paperless billing. Get your bills emailed to you instead; it’s easy to organize and eliminate paper every month.
  • Stop buying plastic water bottles. Fill a reusable bottle from the faucet. Bonus: Bring your own thermos or mug to the coffee shop – some places will even give you a discount.
  • Buy in bulk and avoid individual packaging. It will save you money and reduce waste.

Once you’ve mastered reducing the amount of material you bring into your home, check back to our blog for more tips on how to continue your journey in reducing household waste.