8 Tips For Reducing Household Waste

I’ve mentioned before that I have been crazy inspired by Lauren Singer from Trash Is For Tossers. Two years ago she committed to creating no waste, and over those two years has filled a mason jar with her trash. That’s all the rubbish she has created.

Reading about her, made me reflect on our rubbish creation and make a few changes. We don’t live a zero waste life, and I’m not aiming for zero. However, I do think everyone can work to reduce their addition to landfill.reduce household rubbishHere’s my top 8 tips for reducing your household waste, all things that have recently worked for us.reduce household waste tips

  1. Refuse plastic bags and use reusable bags. Firstly, we’re using all the plastic bags, chucking them out defeats the purpose right? I’ve also sent some to op shops for them to use.
  2. Carry a reusable drink bottle. Bottled water is not only crazy expensive, but spring water is extracted from underground aquifers upstream from where the water surfaces, disrupting aquifer flow, affecting flora and fauna. Most bottled water is packaged in PET plastic bottles which are derived from crude oil. It can take up to 3L of water to produce 1L of water. Transportation of bottled water around the world requires burning of fossil fuels. Although plastic bottles are recyclable, many end up in landfill and take up to 1000 years to break down. (SOURCE)
  3. If you’re a soft drink drinker, buy a SodaStream*. It’ll reduce waste, fossil fuels used on transportation, and you know what’s in it.
  4. Visit farmers markets. Fruit and vegetables at farmers markets are rarely packaged, you can take your reusable bags, or a basket, have a chat and support local farmers.
  5. Buy in bulk where you can. Bulk buying reduces rubbish, even if there still is rubbish, there is less. And often you can take your own containers to refill.
  6. Build a worm farm, have a Bokashi* bucket, feed a friend’s chickens, contribute to a local community garden.
  7. Reuse, recycle, or burn what you can. We save all jars that we get into the house to reuse, we recycle tins and we have a fire every now and again and burn any card board we collect.
  8. Use containers, glass or bees wax wraps instead of plastic wraps.

What’s your top rubbish reducing tip?

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  1. I can proudly say that I do nearly all these things Clare! The soda stream is fantastic for reducing waste. I’ve always been a BYO bottle girl and I love buying in bulk. It amazes me how much food waste we have now that I collect it in a container on the bench for the chickens.

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    1. We don’t make enough scraps for our chickens, but friends drop theirs off for us. Go you on being waste free/low!

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  2. Curious …do you guys not recycle cardboard there? That’s the first thing that goes into our recycling here in the US….

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    1. We do Aimee, but I like to burn it and know that it’s just gone. When everything is a bit wet, or we can’t be bothered having a fire we recycle.

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  3. These are so great and useful tips! I just moved to a new place and as a new beginning I’ve decided to minimize the waste I produce and your tips seem to be of a great help for me. My next goal is zero waste household 🙂 Thank you for all the great info!

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