30 Effective Ways to Reduce Your Waste

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How to reduce the garbage and waste together

In order to reduce garbage, we must be helped by throwing less. Difficult? No, not actually.

Everyone wins when the waste goes away

Reducing waste produces many positive effects, both for you, your wallet, the climate and the environment.

Recycling is good, prevention is best

Recycling waste is good, but it’s even better for the climate and the environment if we can work preventively. Preventing waste is reducing the amount of waste and the hazardousness of the waste. This is something you do before a product becomes waste. The preventive work is thus not about source sorting, but about things we do during, for example, purchasing, storage and use to prevent products from becoming waste at all.

All waste has once been new products. To produce them, raw materials, energy and chemicals were required. The greatest environmental impact during a product’s life happens in the vast majority
cases during manufacture. The less that is thrown away, the less need for new products and the less the climate and environment are affected. Although the material in the waste can be recycled, it is much better for the climate and the environment to avoid the waste being generated at all.

Good for your finances

As the waste decreases, your costs for purchasing and garbage collection are reduced – whether you live in a villa
or in apartment.

Get time for something else
Food waste, packaging, ordinary garbage … everything should be transported, stored and handled. So the less waste the more space you get at home and the more time you can spend
more fun stuff.

The best waste is what never occurs

By following the 30 tips we gathered here, you can reduce your waste by at least a third.

Recycling waste is good, but it is even better for the climate and the environment if we can work preventively. To prevent waste is to reduce the amount of waste and waste riskiness. This is something you do before a product becomes waste. The preventive work is thus not about source sorting, but about things we do during, for example, purchasing, storage and use to prevent products from becoming waste at all.

10 easy steps for beginner

  • 1 Select the advertisement
  • 2 Choose e-invoice or direct debit
  • 3 Choose tap water instead of buying bottled water
  • 4 Choose a carrying case that you can use time and time again
  • 5 Choose a mug that you can use many times
  • 6 Choose to take care of the food
  • 7 Choose used clothing and textiles
  • 8 Choose to wash in common washing machine
  • 9 Choose used furniture instead of new ones
  • 10 Choose scraps, dishcloths & washcloths instead of paper
  • 10 steps for those who want to do a little more
  • 11 Choose to borrow books or read online
  • 12 Choose right from the buffet
  • 13 Choose a multi-purpose box when you buy takeout food
  • 14 Choose multi-purpose bags for fruits and vegetables
  • 15 Choose rechargeable small batteries
  • 16 Choose to keep your computer longer
  • 17 Choose to give your mobile a longer life
  • 18 Choose used toys
  • 19 Choose an adventure gift
  • 20 Select disposable home items ma
  • 21 Choose a non-soiling detergent
  • 22 Select journals you do not want
  • 23 Choose to trade in bulk 2
  • 24 Choose a smaller wardrobe
  • 25 Choose to keep your kitchen and bathroom longer
  • 26 Choose to care for, change and repair
  • 27 Choose to surround yourself with
    fewer electric gadgets 3
  • 28 Choose fabric diapers
  • 29 Choose men’s cups instead of ties and tampons
  • 30 Choose digital receipts instead of paper receipts

1. Select the advertisement

Put up a sign with Advertising no thanks to the front door or mailbox so you can reduce your paper waste.

2. Choose e-invoice or direct debit

Pay your bills via e-invoice or direct debit. It can reduce your waste by several kilos per year. At the same time, you can save money on reduced invoice fees.

3. Choose tap water instead of buying bottled water

For basically nothing, you get clean and fresh drinking water directly from the tap. An easy way to reduce both transport and waste, while saving money.

4. Choose a carrying case that you can use repeatedly

Using the same carrying case many times instead of buying a new one every time you shop is both financially and environmentally wise. Whatever material your carrying case is made of, the most important thing is that you use it many times. You avoid an unnecessary expense and nature and the climate avoid an unnecessary burden.

What kind of bag should I choose?

Manufacturing fabric bags requires a lot of energy, water and chemicals. But a cloth bag that is used for many years is still a good alternative, especially if it is made of textile that would otherwise be discarded. Plastic bags do not require as much resources to manufacture but can end up in the wild where they cause harm. Bags in synthetic material can be manufactured
of recycled plastic. After being used 10 to 40 times the environmental impact of the polyester box is at the same level as for disposable bioplastics bags.

Always have a multi-purpose box at your fingertips

One advantage of multi-purpose bags in synthetic material is that they take up minimal space and are easy to carry.
Smaller plastic gives less debris.

Plastic waste has become one of our most serious littering problems. In Sweden, we use an average of about 100 plastic bags per person per year. To reduce the use of plastics, the EU has set the target of halving the number by 2025. Do you set it up?
A used plastic bag works well as a garbage bag?

So many people think. But it is better and cheaper to put the residual waste in thin bags intended for particular waste. They do not affect the environment as much as the plastic bags you buy at the store.
If the plastic box is recycled then?

Even if the plastic box is recycled, it is 3.5 times better for the climate if it is not produced at all.

5. Choose a mug that you can use often

Do you take a coffee on the go on the way to work? Use your own multipurpose mug and reduce your waste by several kilos.

6. Choose to take advantage of the food

Buying food and then throwing it is as crazy as it sounds. With good planning and a few simple rules of thumb, you can reduce food waste considerably and get more money over.

7. Choose used clothing and textiles

Buying second-hand clothes is usually cheaper and always better for the environment than buying new clothes. And if you have clothes hanging that you no longer use, someone else can enjoy them instead.

8 Choose to wash in common washing machine

Do you live in apartment buildings with laundry facilities? Then the common washing machine can become a pure profit machine for you and the environment.

9. Choose used furniture instead

Want to get rid of old furniture? Leave them for reuse. Need to get new furniture? Buy used.

10. Choose slash, dishcloth & washcloths instead of paper

Reduce your waste by up to 13 kg a year by replacing household paper and napkins with smarter alternatives.

11. Choose to borrow books or read online

Listen to an audiobook, read an ebook, borrow at the library or exchange books with your friends and colleagues. It can reduce your waste by over 9 kilos a year.

12. Choose right from the buffet

Do you eat lunch at a restaurant? Take a little less at a time from the buffet and you reduce your food waste.

13. Select the multi-purpose box when you buy takeout food

Bring a multi-purpose box the next time you buy takeout food. Then you make an important effort to reduce litter
and climate impact.

14. Choose multi-purpose bags for fruits and vegetables

Small plastic bags can also make great damage, not least if they end up in the sea. But there are good and comfortable alternatives.

15. Choose rechargeable small batteries

Do you have many appliances that are powered by small batteries? Then you can reduce your environmental impact by
choose batteries that can be used recharge time and time again.

16. Choose to keep your computer longer

Many people buy a new one when the old one starts to get slow. But if you take care of your computer properly, it can perform at the top considerably longer. Economical for you and a big profit for the environment.

17. Choose to give your mobile a longer life

Some change cell phones while others change sweaters. By keeping your mobile for an extra year, you do the environment a great service and save money on the purchase.

18. Choose used toys

Swap, borrow, donate, rent or buy used. For anyone using a toy for the first time, it is always new, too
if someone else has used it before.

19. Choose an experience present

What do you give to the one who already has everything? An experience of course. It is not only appreciated but also environmentally smart.

20. Select disposable items at home

Coffee filters, baking paper, warm candles, paper napkins … Many of the small disposable items you use everyday can be replaced by cheaper alternatives that produce less waste.

21. Choose non-soiling detergents

Do you get dirty when you clean? By reducing the number of products you use for cleaning, washing, dishes and hygiene can
you reduce both waste and emissions of environmentally harmful substances.

22. Select magazines you do not want

Do you get magazines that you are not really interested in? Terminate them and reduce your waste.

23. Choose to trade-in loose weight

A good way to reduce the amount of packaging is to shop in bulk.

24. Choose a smaller wardrobe

Do you have too much clothes in the wardrobe? You’re not alone. So why not choose to repair, change or sew instead of always buying new?

25. Choose to keep your kitchen and bathroom longer

Thinking of changing your kitchen or bathroom? Feel free to think a little before you make a hit. Maybe you can renovate some parts instead.
This results in less waste and smaller holes in the wallet.

26.Choose to care for, change and repair

Keep your stuff in good condition, so no need to you buy new and strain the environment unnecessarily. As simple as that.

27.Choose to surround yourself with fewer electric gadgets

How many gadgets do you really need? Maybe you can manage with less so you make an important contribution to the environment.

28. Choose fabric diapers

29. Choose human cup instead of bindings and tampons

Are you looking for an environmentally friendly alternative to bandages and tampons? A human cup is a smart choice. You get less waste to handle and more money over.

30. Choose digital receipts instead of paper receipts

Do you need a receipt? If so, ask if you can get it digitally instead of on paper. More and more stores are now introducing this opportunity for their customers. Good for you and good for the environment.

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