Living without waste is not a newfangled trend, but more and more a necessity. We save the planet’s resources and learn to throw away and consume less. There are some simple rules to follow.
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one Conduct an audit
In order not to duplicate items that you already have, look into your “stocks” often. This is especially true for consumables such as sponges, brushes, paste, and so on.
2 Make a shopping list
This will save you from unnecessary expenses and, as a result, unnecessary garbage. Limit consumption to minimize waste. And for this, buy strictly according to the list — only what you need.
3 Have a sale
An excellent tradition, which is very popular in the West, is called the Garage Sale — once a year or six months, put all your unnecessary things on sale. The cost is symbolic, something is generally given away for free or changed. Try teaming up with friends or neighbors.
four And buy from the hands
Discard stereotypes, second-hand is not shameful, but reasonable. Often people put up for sale completely new items and things that did not suit them. It is wiser to buy what you have already purchased than to throw away a new one and buy again.
5 Do something yourself
For example, bags sewn from pieces of cloth can replace plastic bags and even a shopping bag with which you go to the store. And the fabric for them can be found in your own wardrobe — use things that you don’t wear.
6 Don’t replace things unnecessarily
Buying new items should be associated with the need for them. Another vase, a new carpet, an additional promotional lamp — all this leads to littering not only your interior, but also the planet.
Also try to use all available means to the end. This is especially true for cosmetics, cleaning products. A battalion of tubes on the bath is not only an unpleasant visual noise in the interior, but also money spent and additional garbage. Buy a new package only when the old one is completely gone.
7 Use reusable items
Instead of a disposable plastic razor — a reusable one, instead of cellophane — a zip-lock bag that can be washed. Yes, it’s a little more expensive, but it will last longer in the long run and offset the waste of new disposable items. And most importantly, there will be less waste.
For example, soap. They can wash their hands, dishes, floors, even wash clothes (pre-grinded into shavings). Soap is inexpensive and, best of all, is completely recyclable.
eight Buy the item, not the package
It is quite difficult in modern realities to follow this rule. However, if it is possible to take something without a bag or packaging, do it. The easiest thing to start with is fruits and vegetables in stores.
9 Avoid trendy things
There is nothing wrong with the things themselves, the downside is that they can go out of fashion as quickly as they entered it. And you will have to figure out how to dispose of your recent purchase.
ten Exchange with neighbors
Before you buy anything, ask your neighbors if they have the item you need. Do the same if you want to get rid of something. Naturally, we do not take garbage into account, but household appliances, dishes, or, for example, textiles, may come in handy for someone.