A zero waste home means throwing NOTHING away....is this even remotely possible? The answer is YES! By simply following these six simple steps, a zero waste household is closer to reality than you might think!
Six Simple Steps to a Zero Waste Household:
This is the last in a series of SIX Recycling Posts....
Just say NO! This means that you SHOULD NOT accept anything onto your property or into your home that you know can not or will not be recycled, redistributed, repurposed, reused, etc.
THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICE YOU CAN MAKE TOWARD HAVING A ZERO WASTE HOUSEHOLD!
Here are some my personal favorite examples:
Know what you are able to recycle at your local facility or through your local waste pick-up and make sure you recycle it properly! Most communities recycle #1 and #2 plastics, aluminum cans, glass jars, newspapers and magazines.
Don't forget about recycling the strange things your local community does not:
This means to sell or donate items that can still be useful to someone else! One mans junk is another mans treasure....I don't know who said that but it couldn't be more true! Items such as furniture, clothes, household items, cell phones, toys, and more can be easily sold or donated.
If you can't do the first three, then maybe you can find a way to repurpose the product for something else. You may be surprised at all the creative ways that exist to repurpose the strangest items! Even some common every day items like tires!
Click on the picture below for a slide show that shares some really awesome ideas!
Theres nothing better than buying or making products that can be reused over and over and over again. Stop bringing disposables into your home! They are a waste of money and they needlessly add to landfills.
A few of the worst offenders (in my opinion):
Not only does this mean reduce what you need and use overall, but it also means to reduce what garbage still remains in your home after steps 1-5 above. Here are a few that still remain....
? WHATS LEFT ?
Hopefully nothing or a very small amount if you have done everything in the pyramid from the top down!
Remember, be creative and find a way! Go to Google and see what other options there are for disposing of particular items before putting them in the garbage!
Simply throwing stuff out, as easy as it is to do, should be the absolute last resort!
Most importantly, remember to make it easy for yourself BY CHOOSING TO NOT LET IT ENTER YOUR HOME IN THE FIRST PLACE!
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Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life blog. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!