5 Easy Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Life

One of my new goals in life and on the blog is to be more mindful about waste. It galls me to think of how much stuff we run through over the course of a year. There’s just so much junk, and it’s starting to weigh me down. So I thought I would share five pretty simple ways that I cut down on waste in my own life. I’m not quite to the point where I’m creating diesel fuel out of veggie oil 😉 I know it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that one person can’t make a difference, but if we make mindful changes in our daily lives, it will make a very large impact over the course of our lifetimes! Here are my quick tips on what we can do to help be more conservative with our resources:

Ever notice how restaurant portions keep getting larger and larger? Not only is it bad for your waistline (and health!) it’s pretty wasteful. I saw a blurb on the news that Americans throw away roughly 40% of their food sources. FORTY PERCENT! The clip stressed eating more leftovers, but I’m not a huge leftover fan. My fix? Ordering off the a la carte menu or sharing a plate. There’s no way I can manage a full entree, two sides, and potential chips and salsa. It’s so easy to pick out two tacos

4 thoughts on “5 Easy Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Life

  1. As a mom of 3 with the oldest being in grade school and the youngest in diapers I have found lots of ways to reuse/reduce in our house. #1 – we cloth diaper. Seeing the pictures of diapers in landfills was enough to convince me. Plus human waste is a hazard in landfills. #2 – we reuse the plastic shopping bags as our trash bags. I don’t buy trash bags (unless I need the really large yard ones for something.

    As a parent with kids in school though I am saddened by the amount of paper used … worksheets, notes home, classwork, homework … it is overwhelming. Our schools need to do something to reduce the amount of paper used.

    1. I’m really looking into cloth diapering if we decide to have a second child. It may be more work, but it does have a huge impact! Love the idea of using shopping bags as trash bags. And you’re so right. It’s awful how much is wasted in materials in schools. Hopefully with technology coming so far we will start moving toward tablets and such for writing practice. I remember in college we had Blackboard, a site professors and students used for notes and submitting papers and homework. That would be so helpful for middle and high schools to reduce the amount of materials they use.

  2. Those are great tips! I’m very big on donating/recycling things before tossing them out, as much as possible!

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