How to Reduce Waste at Home

Jun 7, 2021

Reducing waste is an important topic these days. From making small changes to reduce their environmental footprints to living a completely zero-waste lifestyle, there are many ways that people all over the world are approaching this issue.

Of course, living a zero-waste lifestyle may not be achievable for everyone. While there are many great resources out there to help you begin a zero-waste journey if you’re interested, there are also small steps you can take that will still make an impact. Today, we are focusing on ways to reduce waste at home. Read on to learn some of our tips!

  1. Use re-usable bags. This is an easy one that anyone can do! Re-usable grocery and shopping bags are a great option. Another great option is to use re-usable produce bags instead of the regular plastic ones available at the grocery store.
  2. Avoid single-use water bottles and coffee cups. There are so many great insulated water bottles, coffee cups, and travel mugs available on the market now that will keep your drink hot or cold. You can even bring your own cup or travel mug to your favourite coffee shop!
  3. Switch to re-usable items in the kitchen. For example, when lining a pan, try using a silicone baking mat instead of parchment paper or tin foil. Swap out paper towels for cloths that can be washed and re-used. And instead of using disposable containers or food wraps, try using beeswax wraps and re-usable sandwich containers instead.
  4. Buy foods in bulk. This helps reduce the amount of packaging that is being used. Local bulk food stores or places such as the Bulk Barn are great for this! Some of these stores also have re-usable container programs, where they allow you to bring in your own food containers to fill.
  5. Buy personal care and cleaning products in bulk. Similar to the previous tip, there are some stores (try local places!) that provide products such as shampoo, hand soap, dish soap etc. in bulk and allow you to re-fill your own containers as well.
  6. Shop at your local farmer’s market. Often products from farmer’s markets are not wrapped in excessive packaging, and you can feel good about supporting local farmers and businesses!
  7. Donate old clothes. This is much better than throwing them out, and gives them a second life for someone else! If the clothes are too worn-out to donate, try re-purposing them as cleaning cloths or rags.
  8. Try re-usable dryer balls. I replaced my dryer sheets with these ages ago, and I love them! Wool dryer balls are eco-friendly and can also help reduce drying time.
  9. Go paperless. So many businesses today offer paperless options, such as banks and insurance companies. Switching to online services is not only convenient; it’s good for the planet too!
  10. Don’t forget to recycle and compost! Recycling is so important, and many cities also offer composting through green bin programs. If your city doesn’t have a composting program, try making your own compost bin in your backyard!

We hope you found these tips helpful! What are your favourite ways to reduce waste? We’d love to hear from you!

By Kate at FWIO

fwio@fwio.on.ca