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How to Lessen Your Household Waste

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As time passes and the world continues to grow and expand, you may realize that your impact on the world is much larger than you might think. Every day, humans consume more and more, and with that consumption, waste is a byproduct. Soon, the amount of waste created by people will be more than they can handle in a safe manner. You need to be mindful of the amount of waste you and your household are responsible for, and here are some ways in which you can play an active role in reducing that waste.

Energy Efficient Lighting

One of the first ways to reduce or lessen the amount of household waste in your home is to consider the lighting. Traditional bulbs require a lot more power and energy consumption. Fluorescent lights, for example, are much more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent light bulbs. This means that not only will you be bringing down energy that you consume in your home, but you will also be spending less with your bulbs lasting much longer. In addition to changing bulbs, there are other ways in which you can improve the lighting situation in your home. You can install motion sensors, as well as timed and automated systems in your home to turn off lights and other electronics at certain times or if you forget to. This will help you reduce the amount of electricity and energy your home consumes. Using natural light and working during the day will also benefit you in terms of saving on energy consumption and saving on bulbs, which become wasteful over time.

Expiration Dates

Food is another aspect that is extremely impactful when it comes to the amount of waste your household produces. There are a lot of ways in which this waste can occur, from not cooking and using everything that you buy during preparation, to not finishing your food or storing food as leftovers, to letting food go bad. With all these ways in which waste occurs, you want to keep a few practices in mind as rules to instill in your kitchen and home. When it comes to food, remember the first in first out rule. This will help you significantly reduce the amount of waste. Keep mindful of expiration dates and only purchase the amount of food you know that you will consume until you make your next grocery trip. This will prevent goods from expiring or going bad, and will also allow you to save money. 

Bathroom Practices

Your bathroom is a source of a lot of waste in the home. Depending on your own mindfulness, you might be doing things that contribute negatively to the amount of waste from your household. Running water when not used during showers, baths, and even washing hands and brushing teeth are ways in which you are wasting and most likely unaware of your bad habits. These habits don’t require a lot to change, as you just need to get used to being more mindful. Another means in which you can limit your waste is through the installation of different appliances or fixtures. Experts at have explained that certain installations of toilets, faucets, and showerheads can help reduce your water consumption. Bidets are also great for cutting down on your toilet paper usage as well. These will allow you to save both money and reduce your waste production without having to make drastic changes to your home lifestyle or practices.

Compost and Recycling

Another way in which you can improve your food waste is through the utilization of compost and recycling practices. This is especially useful for those that own a house with a yard and garden, as composting is both essential and beneficial in terms of helping your garden grow. Separating your food waste into compost to use as fertilizer will help you and the environment alike. For the products in your home that you cannot compost and break down naturally, it is also important to continue to recycle in order to cut down the number of things that go into landfills. This will help return goods into the market that will also reduce the amount that goes into manufacturing and production lines.

Consumption is not necessarily a bad thing and is often a necessity in order to survive. However, there are certain limits that you should hold yourself and those around you accountable to reduce situations of overconsumption. Remember that everything is okay in moderation, but you have to be considerate and aware of good consumer practices.