Once you start minimizing your home, you may suddenly find yourself with a lot of household waste, some good, some not so good, and you will need to get rid of it all somehow. There are many different ways to get rid of it in a responsible and environmentally friendly way - meaning don't just throw it out!
After our initial minimizing 'purge' we decided we never wanted to have that much garbage again. Today we work toward having a Zero Waste home. I am sure we will never reach zero, but it's a good goal to reach for!
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Repair, Refurbish, Repurpose
Selling & Donating
Zero Waste Goal
Recycling Do you know how to properly recycle, what the numbers on the bottom of the plastics mean, or what to do with a lot of weird things like computers, wires, cords, or cables? Find out everything you need to know by readingRecycling 101!
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Repairing, Refurbishing, Repurposing, & Reusing! If it can be recycled then do it! However, there are many items that are not recyclable and they are the ones you want to creatively find ways to reuse or repurpose! And maybe it is something that with a little TLC can be brand new again! In that case, refurbish it!
For example, I use plastic food containers (#5's) for storing markers, pens, etc. I enjoy coming up with creative ways to reuse an item rather than just throwing it away. So go ahead and be creative. If the idea doesn't work out, well so be it. At least you tried!
Zero Waste Household Goal A zero waste home means throwing NOTHING away....is this even remotely possible? The answer is YES! By simply following six simple steps, a zero waste household is closer to reality than you might think!
Refuse - this is the most important and involves choices. Choose, or refuse, to not purchase any products that have packaging that can't be recycled.