How can our family reduce the waste from our home?
Guest Blogger ELLA ANDREWS has some great tips!
Household waste is becoming a growing problem around the world with the growth of its population each year. In the US alone a single person is said to throw away 4 lbs of trash every day on average. This excessive growth of domestic waste is putting a strain on landfills and recycling centers. But lets face it – the people who recycle their waste properly and carry a responsibility to heart are not that many. Therefore, we can take some steps to alleviate the problem by controlling what we throw out and how so we can help the environment. How do we do that?
This article will give you some hints for you to work with:
- Assess the waste you produce daily. Try to figure out what you can change about your habits so you can reduce the amount of trash you throw away each day. If you’re not living alone you should keep track of other members of your household. You can keep simple statistics about your habits in a file, such as the number of bags you’ve thrown out or their weight.
- Consider recycling, but really recycling and not doing it half heartedly. You can easily work on recycling paper, metal, plastic and glass. If your area has recycle bins then this will be as easy as taking out the trash. Some cities have larger containers meant for different types of waste. Make sure you know what gets recycled in your town and what doesn’t.
- If you have a garden you can make a compost pile. Food is one of the largest portions of your domestic waste. You can make a compost pile to dispose of the biodegradable food scraps and the waste in your yard if your city doesn’t have a compost recycling program. It will decompose, producing compost capable of soil enrichment used in landscaping. You can either do this the old-fashioned way or through the use of a composting machine.
- Re-purpose some of your household items into something you can use. Many of us throw away things we can easily adapt to other purposes. There are plenty of these you can use, for example t-shirts and towels can become rags for cleaning. Egg cartons can become pots for seedling plants, glass jars can be used to store office supplies and food and so on.
- Bring in less trash in your home. This can be done by picking products which have less packaging done on them. You can buy something from the bulk section or the deli instead of buying individually-wrapped cheese, meat and so on. You can use your own reusable bag for groceries instead of using a new plastic bag each time. Some stores are exceptionally bad about packaging products in multiple bags when they don’t even need to. Great big retail chains are the worst offenders out there. Simply tell them you don’t need all those plastic bags.
- Choose reusable items over disposable ones. Although it may be nice and convenient to use disposables, you should be aware that you will only create a whole lot more waste as a byproduct. For example: You can clean with rags instead of paper towels, cloth napkins instead of paper ones and regular ceramic plates and metal silverware instead of paper and plastic ones. There are many options out there if you keep looking.
- You can maintain what you own instead of throwing it out. Its not difficult to repair clothes instead of throwing them out. In today’s extremely consumerist society repairing something has taken a back seat to disposable possessions, which only makes matters worse.
Guest post granted on behalf of: Removal Services Movers
About the Guest Blogger: Ella Andrews is a professional freelance writer and blogger. She is passionate about home improvement and believes that her home is her sanctuary. Household organization is a source of great inspiration for her and she is giving some practical advice in her present article for reducing domestic waste.