Saturday, 22 January 2011

Eleven Ways To Reduce Waste In 2011

By: Notes From The Frugal Trenches

This year I'm fine tuning a few of my routines, beginning new challenges and trying to be purposeful about reducing waste. Here are the top 11 ways I'm reducing waste in 2011!

1. I've begun vermicomposting in my urban apartment! I have a box full of red worms which eat all my kitchen scraps! I was a tad nervous in the beginning, but it has been exceptionally easy! As I don't have a garden to compost this is the perfect solution!

2. I use re-usable batteries and charge them up as needed!

3. I take my own bags to the grocery shop

4. I have stopped buying plastic wrapped fruit & veg as much as possible, taking my own bags to place produce in. When I do have to buy something pre-wrapped, I re-use the wrapping

5. If I'm going out for coffee or tea {rare!} I try to remember to bring my own thermos or re-usable cup

6. I use reusable toilet paper {and after a few months it seems 100% normal now, so much so I'll talk about it in conversation and not remember 99.9% of people have no clue what I mean!!}

7. I use reusable feminine products!

8. I don't use any paper towels for cleaning or kitchen messes

9. Before I throw something away I check that I can't donate it

10. I try not to buy anything that can't be recycled or composted!

11. I've gone paperless with all my bills and statements!

I'm amazed that 11 simple steps have basically brought me to a place of not having garbage, or at the very least a very small amount of rubish each week. On top of that I save a huge amount of money by making these small changes in my life!

How do you cut down on waste? Do you find the measures you take save you money too?