Here are 77 easy ways to:
while keeping our planet clean, garbage and pollution free.
Let’s start with #1.
Buy products in bulk when possible.
The packaging alone produces 50% of volume of all the garbage in the world. That’s a lot of plastic, paper and other materials.
If you do a bit of research you can get highest quality products in bulk thus saving on packaging. Check for special offers regularly, take some time shopping.
You can save a lot by buying smartly.
Get premium quality foods in bulk, save money and packaging. Instead of buying convenience food in small packages, make an effort to buy more, but less often.
Get some nice reusable shopping bags or boxes
Get a very strong bag made specifically for shopping to save on plastics. The plastic bags for one use are such a waste especially since we use expensive oil to produce them and then wait for up to 1000 years to decompose.
By using a reusable shopping bag you save Earth 1000 years of garbage plastic laying around. (or at least a few hundred)
Buy reusable products instead of disposable ones
Sure disposable products are easy to use and a great convenience, but in the end we all lose not to mention reusable products are almost always cheaper than disposable.
A pack of disposable razors isn’t so expensive, but if you consider how many you buy over a lifetime you get to a pretty big sum.
- Get a metal razor or at least the ones with replaceable cartridges.
- Use cloth rags instead of paper ones in the kitchen.
- Package your sandwiches in paper instead of plastic wrap.
- Get higher quality products that will last longer.
Sell the old stuff you don’t need anymore
Many times we throw away things that other people would gladly keep using.
When you are throwing away things, think if somebody would want to use them themselves. You can sell them if they are still worth something or just give them away.
Ask you friends and family if they need some stuff or just post some free ads online, on Craigslist for example.
Get a more efficient car
This one might not be directly connected to the home garbage, but with this you can save a lot of pollution and waste on the Earth.
We product a lot of waste just to keep our cars running and driving us places.
If the budget allows it, get a newer more gas efficient vehicle. This way you save money and save the Earth from all the waste produced in the process of oil extraction.
Make a compost
If you have the space around your house, make small compost.
You can build it yourself with some handywork or just buy the constructable one in Home depot or so.
Here are some good plastic ones that will last you a long time. AMAZON While the plastic isn’t the most eco friendly material, you’ll do more good composting than throwing away all the organic material.
Put in all your food scraps, cut grass and leaves and let it work. Nature will transform garbage in first grade fertilizer.
This is probably the easiest of them all. You don’t have to do anything else than just use different products with more environmentally friendly packaging.
There are many companies already making eco friendlier product that we can recycle or use pollution free materials.
Spend some time looking for ecological products that use paper packaging instead of plastics. Switch from regular plastics to plastics or metal.
A small difference like this can make a big change.
Why Stop Here? Here’s a Fast List
- Use recycling waste bins in your neighborhood for plastic, glass, paper, and metal (cans)
- Get classic espresso coffee maker instead of cartridge one
- Get a refillable coffee mug and carry it to your local coffee shop for refills
- Get loose tee mixes from local tee shop instead of using wasteful teabags
- Get refillable printer cartridges instead of disposable ones
- Keep your vehicle tires inflated at all times, you’ll get better mileage and tires will last longer
- Store your old vehicle waste, motor-oil , break fluid, old tires for recycling (give them to the local petrol station or mechanic shops)
- Change the position of tires, put front ones back after a while (they’ll last longer)
- Donate old furniture you’d throw away otherwise
- Buy used products and clothing when applicable
- Keep good maintenance of all gadgets and motors in your home, the longer the better
- Get a battery toothbrush instead of disposable one (it will last you for years)
- Grow your own veggies… a tomato plant can be grown in a pot
- Stop using air refreshers and instead use naturally scented candles
- Buy your food from a local farmer in bulk instead of plastic packaged from store (but store the food good for long term)
- Generally buy less food if you know it goes bad fast
- Grow some flowers and bushes around your house or just on the window to clean the air a bit
- Get refillable spice bottles and small spice pots to grow your own refills
- Get rechargeable batteries with quality charges instead of always buying disposable ones.
- Shop for stuff in repurposed and refurbished products stores.
- Get more information about local recycling, thrift shops
- Get wooden or paper Christmas decorations instead of plastic ones
- Save all glass waste and once a year give them to recycling companies (some even pay money)
- Send an email instead of paper enveloped mail
- Reuse paper ads as decoration, packaging or just for starting the campfire
- Have the bills sent to email digitally instead of in paper if the company offers it
- Stop using paper checks and instead get an online banking account
- Rent the formal clothes instead of buying it
- Keep good care of your furniture or send them to a local carpenter for refurbishing
- Get a library membership or read digital books instead of buying new
- Buy digital games, music and movies instead of hard copies on discs
- Go to events where you’ll find eco-friendly minded people (you’ll get many ideas from them)
- Give others gifts that will replace their disposable products (sneaky way of making others more eco friendly)
- Don’t use disposable cups for home use, get durable glasses or ceramic mugs
- When you do use disposable products, try to get paper ones instead of plastic (paper plates instead of plastic etc)
- Give your kids a reusable or recyclable school lunch
- Properly maintain your mattress it will last you longer and give you better sleep
- Give your old electronics for free to those who want it
- In winter keep your windows closed to save on energy
- In summer get good dark curtains that will block the heat
- Get used to slightly higher room temperature in the summer and cut down on air conditioner use (on average people cool too much)
- Get used to slightly lower temperatures in the winter and cut on heating (on average people heat too much)
- Get better building insulation
- Install energy efficient floor heating in rooms suitable
- Walk and ride your bike more often
- Get an electric bike if you’re too lazy to peddle
- Use the kids bike carriage as a trunk for grocery shopping (it’s healthy)
- When weather is nice, dry clothes on the line outside instead of using a drying machine
- Use better clothes detergent on lower temperatures and shorter program
- Learn how to use baking soda and peroxide for cleaning clothes instead of industrial detergents
- Always try to use all of the paint, oil or other chemical products, if they get old dispose of them carefully (sometimes) recycling instructions on the packaging)
- Buy only high quality electric tools and gadgets (don’t have to be expensive)
- Get an electric epilator if you use it instead of using depilation chemicals
- Ask around for a local “mechanic” that can repair broken stuff you’d throw away
- Get energy efficient light bulbs (can save you a lot of money overtime)
- Get movement sensors for your lights so they turn off automatically
- Get a solar shower for the hot summer days
- Donate your old cell phone if nobody wants to buy it
- Use hard soap packages in paper instead of plastic gel
- Get a hard shaving soap instead of pressurized gel cans
- Get refillable soap containers instead of one time use ones
- Always make sure the toxic or poisonous products are stored in good containers and aren’t leaking.
- Donate your kid’s old toys and clothes
- Always use the food in time so you throw out less
- Visit cool DIY websites to learn how to repurpose products and garbage
- Save all the gift bags for reuse some other time, just remember who you got them from
- If you have a good neighbor, offer to share the lawn mower together
- Get a water filter to make drinking water out of tap
- Reuse the plastic bottles to make your own beverages
- Share your own methods for reducing waste and pollution while saving money for others to see
Share this list with other people for maximum effect.
Do you have any of your ideas missing from the list?
You are welcome to continue the list yourself in the comments section. We’re sure there are many things we can do to reduce waste and live in a more environmentally friendly way.