These tips on how to reduce waste at home are part of a sponsored conversation with Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are my own.
With the growing amount of trash filling up our landfills, learning how to reduce waste at home should be a key factor in your quest for green living. In my own home, we recycle just about everything we can.
This is made easier by the county through curbside recycling. However, there are always events in the community that don’t offer recycling and it frustrates me.
I see vendors selling bottled water and plenty of trash cans but no recycling bins. One of the biggest generators of recyclable trash in my own neighborhood is the swim/tennis club. With tennis matches and practices almost every day of the week, there are a LOT of bottles and cans being tossed into the trash.
When I was asked to join Toms of Maine in their #LessWasteChallenge, I knew I wanted to bring recycling to the tennis courts to reduce my community’s carbon footprint.
It takes only one simple click to take the pledge so keep reading to learn more!
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How to Reduce Waste at Home
So, what is the Tom’s of Maine #LessWasteChallenge? This Earth Month, natural personal and oral care brand Tom’s of Maine is challenging Americans to take one small step towards making the Earth a little more green.
How can you do this? By pledging in the #LessWasteChallenge to reduce the waste in your home by one pound per week! Ok, so maybe you are wondering how to reduce waste at home to participate in the challenge with us? Here are a few ideas:
- Buy in bulk: Skip the individually wrapped pretzels, cheese crackers and cookies and buy a large sized container. Invest in some reusable snack containers and save yourself a lot of money while you reduce waste at home.
- Recycle everything: Call your local community recycling program to find out what they will accept. Recycle everything you possibly can!
- Set up an upcycled craft closet: Kids love arts and crafts and upcycling something old into something new is a great way for kids to learn how to reduce waste at home right along with mom or dad.
- Go paperless: Remember to think before you print to reduce paper usage. Request paperless billing for your household bills and recycle junk mail whenever possible.
- Set up a neighborhood swap or garage sale: Remember, one man’s trash may be another man’s treasure. Sell your unwanted items at a garage sale, on eBay, or offer things up for free on Craig’s List. Anything that keeps it out of the landfill is a great solution!
Reduce Household Waste with Upcycled Crafts!
Want to get really creative? Try a few of these upcycled crafts:
- How to Cut a Glass Bottle in Half with String This is a great tutorial for cutting wine bottles in half for crafts.
- DIY Upcycled Cookie Sheet Memo Board Make your own magnetic memo board out of an old cookie sheet.
- Juice Can Lids Pumpkin Craft Save those lids from juice concentrate containers and make this upcycled pumpkin craft.
If you enjoy gardening, check out my zero waste gardening tips to learn how to grow a garden with less plastic.
At Home and In the Community!
I stopped to chat with a few of the players up at the tennis courts last weekend and they all agree that there are way too many cans and bottles ending up in the trash bins.
I have put a request into our neighborhood association to investigate bringing a recycling bin to the clubhouse permanently. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can find a long-term solution and am grateful to Tom’s of Maine for inspiring me with this project.
They have invested in hundreds of nonprofit efforts by giving 10% of its profits back to organizations that support people and the planet and by encouraging employees to use 5% (12 days) of paid time to volunteer. I bet you can think of a community event in YOUR area that could use a recycling bin!
Take the #LessWasteChallenge Pledge!
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.