The important step- waste avoidance has been dominated by focusing on recycling. Some important tips for sustainable living and waste prevention are as follows:
Go zero waste: If you are thinking about how to achieve zero waste home, you need shop zero waste alternatives in the local thrift shop. Besides, you can also use a reusable water bottle, cloth bags, grocery totes, and reusable jars for daily purposes. Ensure to dispose of the alternatives on a daily basis. It can be disposable sheets, aluminum sheets, wax paper, garbage liners, paper towels, etc.
Simplify: It is recommended to buy and preserve belongings you use on a regular or daily basis. When want to seriously reduce waste in your house, you would naturally start to create less waste or purchase less in your home.
Know your impact: There are water footprint, carbon footprint, and eco-footprint calculators which offers great information to find how much you are affecting the environment.
Reduce your purchases: It is best to think twice before buying any product. Question yourself, whether you really require the product. Also think, how the production of the product you are purchasing is affecting the environment, how to dispose of the product wisely, and what kind of packaging materials is used for packing this product.
Reusables: Instead of purchasing disposable products, buy reusable products. It can be a beverage and food containers, writing pens, plates, cups, shopping bags, towels, diapers, razors, etc.
Garage sales: Purchase and make use of garage sales. It is the best option to reuse products.
Donations: Buy used products and donate:
- Household items like furniture, clothes, sports equipment, books, dishes, electronics, appliances, magazines, wedding attire, business attire, etc. to charity.
- Computer equipment
- Building materials
- Cameras, cell phones, PDAs, laptops, MP3 or iPod players
- Women’s business attire
- Art materials
- Unwanted bagged, canned or boxed food to food banks, soup kitchens or homeless shelters
- Extra hangers, etc.