Easy Steps to Take to Become a Zero Waste Home
By Guest Contributor Katie Comer
Becoming a zero waste home can be an easy task for all family sizes. Being friendly to the
environment is one of the many benefits of a zero waste home. Using these four steps, you
and your family can be on your way to establishing a zero waste home:
Reducing your item usage sounds challenging, but it is actually one of the easiest ways to
become a zero waste home. Start by transferring your bills from paper copies to electronic.
You can also make all of your payments online. Eliminating check payments can not only
save you money, but can also eliminate waste. Another step to reduce is by making shopping
lists. Plan out meals for the week, or make a list of items you need before waling into any
store. This can save you time and money! We all have thrown away our spoiled groceries,
or never taken tags off a sweater we just had to buy. Making a list before shopping can
help eliminate waste in your home.
Reduce your energy usage at home by converting to solar panels. Solar panels are a
cleaner form of energy than using oil or natural gas. Check out some resources below
such as Mondernize.com for some great information on converting to solar panels, and
how this can save your family money and waste each month.
Swap wasteful items for reusable items. Eliminate paper products, like paper towels and shopping
bags. Use cloth napkins and reusable bags to eliminate waste, while saving money. Use a water bottle
instead of a plastic bottle and always remember to bring a coffee mug for your morning brew at work.
Another way to reuse items in the kitchen is by saving aluminum foil after usage. You can usually reuse
foil 2-3 times. After use, wash and let the foil dry. You can reuse it to cover up leftovers or bake foods in
the oven. If the foil is too badly soiled with food, rinse it as best as you can and place it in the recycling bin.
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One of the easiest ways to become a zero waste home is to recycle. Aim to recycle 75 percent of
the items you use. If you have small children, you can put images on the recycle bin of items that
are recyclable. Earth 911.com is a great website to help you find where to recycle items. From
curbside pick up of glass, metal, paper and plastic, this site has everything you need to know about
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Becoming a zero waste home isn't just about making small changes, it's about changing your lifestyle.
Make sure your family, and everyone living in the home, is on board with these changes. Challenge
each other to do more to eliminate waste. Hold each other accountable for making the necessary steps
to being a waste-free home. Make sure your habits, like keeping a reusable shopping bag in your car,
revolve around reducing unnecessary waste. Rethink the way your household can eliminate waste.
With these simple steps, you are one step closer to a zero waste home.