Guest Post By: Kay Elizabeth Carter
Although wastefulness is a big problem in modern society, most people don’t see themselves as wasteful. That’s because many people don’t tend to think about how much they consume on a regular basis. While you may think there’s not much you can do to reduce waste, the reality is that there are lots of relatively simple changes you can make to your daily life that can help preserve the environment. Keep reading to learn how reducing waste can change your perspective on consumption.
- Ditch the Disposable Stuff
You may think that buying disposable cups, plates, and utensils is a great way to save yourself time and energy, but these things can be bad for the environment. Plus, constantly buying reusable items will cost you more money in the long run than getting things that you can use multiple times.
Instead of purchasing single-use items that can pollute the environment, you should consider things that are reusable. According to House Method, reusable items can include things such as shopping bags, Tupperware, and cups.
- Start a Compost Pile
Composting can be a great way to reduce your amount of waste by returning “organic matter” back to the earth to create healthy soil. To most people, creating a compost pile may seem like a daunting and unrealistic task, but the truth is that composting is much easier than you think. Even if you live in a small home or an apartment, composting can still be an option for you. This method of reducing waste is also great because it’ll allow you to see just how much you’re wasting.
- Make Your Own Cleaning Products
If you love a good DIY project, this could be a very fun way to reduce waste. Many of the cleaning products sold in stores contain toxins that are bad for the environment and can even be bad for your health. By creating your own natural cleaning products, you can do your part in reducing that waste.You can make all-natural cleaning products by using things you probably already have in your house, such as baking soda and white vinegar.
- Repair Instead of Replacing Whenever Possible
How many times have you thrown something out because it was broken or damaged? Probably more times than you can count. By learning to repair things, you can reduce waste and save yourself money. This doesn’t mean that you need to become a Jack of all trades who can fix every single thing, but learning how to sew or fix an appliance can go a long way when it comes to repairing clothes and furniture. Calling a professional for more complex repairs is a great option as well.
Reducing Waste Starts with You
Taking a few seconds to think about just how much you consume and waste on a regular basis is the first step in learning where and how you can cut back. Although your individual contribution may not feel like a lot, it can truly go a long way in sustaining the environment