Minimize the amount of waste you produce at home
How to make simple changes to produce less waste at home
Waste is causing a lot of issues in our world, and it's one thing we have a direct ability to change. That's why we've done the work to find the easiest and most impactful steps we can take to reduce our waste so that you can put them into action!
Better products, Less Waste
We've researched and tested all sorts of alternative products to find out what are the best ones out there for you that don't sacrifice the quality or experience.
We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, and for most of us, it's where we generate the most waste. Below you'll find our compiled a list of the best products out there that benefit our environment and still achieve the job of the original product that is wasteful.
Reusable "Paper" Towels
Replace your Paper Towels
Why make the switch? Save trees, save waste (paper is the largest waste in landfills), save green house gas emissions (paper industry is 4th largest emitter of green house gas emissions). We don't need to be cutting down trees if there's a better alternative.
How-to Tip: Once you switch to one of these, just place your regular paper towels under the counter to make it a little less convenient to reach for each time. You'll make the switch over quickly!
The Un-Paper Towels
Why we picked: Easy to use and just snap back together after you've washed them
Replace your Paper Napkins
Why make the switch? Just like your as paper towels above, paper napkins are an unnecessary waste and expense!
How-to Tip: Just throw your dirty ones in with your laundry!
Silicone Top & Bees Wrap
Replace your cling wrap (Saran Wrap)
Why make the switch? Cling wrap is not recyclable and the manufacturing process is very very dirty. These are two great alternatives we've tried and use that ditch that nasty plastic.
How-to Tip: The silicone are dishwasher safe, while the bees wrap is a more natural option (read, not dish washer safe).
Silicone Baking Mats
Replace your Aluminum Foil
Why make the switch? While Aluminum is one of the best recycled materials (won't degrade over time) it takes a lot of energy to do recycle and you should be cleaning it before recycling it... Since we've switched, we haven't used aluminum foil once!
How-to Tip: If they get greasy or oily, just put in the top rack of your dishwasher!
Reusable Ziplock Bags
Replace your single-use plastic bags
Why make the switch? Never buy Ziplock bags again! These are safe alternatives to the single use plastic bags that can't be recycled. These are our favorite alternatives to single use plastic snack and sandwich bags.
How-to Tip: All are dishwasher safe, we just recommend keeping them on the top rack.
Reduce the amount of waste made with Coffee
Why make the switch? Not having coffee just isn't an option for some of us (we're looking at ourselves here). These are our favorite alternatives to the several ways we consumer our coffee these days.
How-to Tip: We don't want to mess with your morning routine... but give it a try.
Be sure to have your essentials wherever you go
Why make the switch? Carrying the essentials for what you need everyday is the a great first step.
How-to Tip: Start with remembering to bring these with you to kick start your waste free journey.
Reduce the amount of waste with each shopping trip
Why make the switch? Every time we go shopping we've got an opportunity to reduce our waste, there are tons of simple switches, these are a few of our favorites.
How-to Tip: The Chico bags are perfect to slip into your purse or backpack so you have one with you all the time.
Why we picked: The most convenient bags we've com across, and ChicoBag is dedicated to eliminating single use waste.
Impact of Switching
Total cumulative impact of taking all these actions above over a year
(1,555 gal of water)
days of cow farts saved
(446 lbs of CO2)
trash bags of waste saved
(131 lbs of waste)
equivalent to 217 cups of coffee
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