Living green, these days, is a must: making your best effort to cut down on excesses, and on waste, goes a long way. Look to the following measures to reduce the amount of waste you generate in your home.
Bring your own bag
Opt for a reusable cloth bag when doing your shopping or groceries. Take home your purchases in the cloth bag instead of using a plastic bag or brown paper bag.
Opt for less packaging
Choose products with less packaging. Select reusable or recyclable packaging. Buy your milk in a glass bottle or in a jug instead of a carton; choose goods that come in cardboard instead of plastic. Consider going to the local farmer's market, where fruits, vegetables, and other goods are local and fresh, unlike the prepackaged food in supermarkets and grocery stores.
Reduce use of paper
Take efforts to cut down on the amount of paper you use at home. Print on both sides of the paper, for instance. Or go digital. Pay your bills online; check the news on websites instead reading the paper; jot down your grocery list on a mobile device; subscribe to your favorite magazines and publications on the Web.
Donate old items
Don't throw away old clothes, appliances, and other outdated or broken items. Donate old clothes to charity; drop off your broken electronics and other recyclable items to the junkshop for recycling.
"Upcycling" is the art of recycling, a DIY arts 'n crafts practice where old or broken items or parts are repurposed into a product of greater value. Wine bottles, for instance, could be turned into lighting fixtures or flower vases. Look no further than the Web for tutorials and inspiration for upcycling various materials in your home.
Keep a compost pit
Scraps from the kitchen can be turned into fertilizer for your garden. Instead of dumping them into the trash bin for garbage collection, keep a bin or a compost pit for biodegradable items. Scraps from food like fruit peelings, vegetables, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, and material like paper, cardboard, sawdust, grass cuttings, and leaves can make up your compost pit. Turn the compost into nutritious soil for your garden.