In Australia, we send more and more rubbish to landfill every year. In fact, the average Australian family produces enough rubbish to fill a three-bedroom house! Here we look at six different ways to minimise our waste.
Shop second-hand or borrow from friends – Buying second-hand is better for the environment and saves you money. Look for quality clothing as it doesn’t wear out quickly and can last quite a long time.
Find freedom in less – Try to consume less whenever you can – mend your clothes instead of buying new ones, carefully consider every purchase you make and leave your wallet at home if you are not intending to go shopping.
Reuse – Disposable items are great for convenience but they come at a cost to our environment. Consider using old rags for cleaning (instead of paper towels), purchase a reusable coffee cup and carry a water bottle with you to avoid purchasing plastic bottled water.
Start a worm farm – Worm farms are a great way to turn your waste into compost. It’s easy to start and you don’t need a lot of space! Most household waste is food, so it’s great to make it into something useful and better for the environment!
Avoid anything with too much packaging – These days, it’s difficult to avoid packaging altogether but it’s possible to reduce the amount of packaging we buy. Shop at the local butcher instead of the supermarket, opt to prepare your own meals from scratch rather than buying certain ingredients. You will find this is a great way to save money too.
Buy in bulk – When you buy in bulk you will find there is less packaging and less waste. Buying in bulk can also save you from going to the shops and being tempted to buy unnecessary items.
Taking small steps to be more eco-friendly can have a big, immediate impact on our ecological footprint. Hopefully these simple tips can kick-start your waste reduction!
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