Reduce

We have become a consumer-driven, easy-access, throw-away society.

We all need to do our part to reduce the use of harmful, wasteful, and non-recyclable products in our households.

FACT:

Did you know Zero Waste Arlington spearheaded the efforts to ban single-use plastic water bottles and polystyrene take-out containers?

10 actions for reducing your waste and consumption

Reuse! Bring refillable water bottles everywhere you go, keep reusable bags, straws and utensils in your car/backpack.

Print double-sided to cut your waste output in half and use scrap paper for notes/lists.

Select items with the least amount of packaging possible.

Reduce your amount of junk mail by removing yourself from lists.

When you head to the store – make a list. Focus on only what you need and don’t allow yourself to get sucked into the trap of impulse buying and hyper-consumerism.

Buy supplies (food, cleaning products, health and beauty products) in bulk to reduce packaging (use your own container if possible).

Use rechargeable batteries.

Use cloth instead of paper napkins at home.

“Buy nice or buy twice”. Good quality products last longer, minimizing the number of repurchases.

Shop at your local farmer’s market; supporting local agriculture, reducing packaging and your carbon footprint is a win-win-win.

Take that extra step

  • N Plan your daily meals for the week to focus your buying and avoid waste.
  • NImplement a shopping ban. To transition to a no-waste lifestyle, start with what you have without buying anything new. Use everything you have in your fridge/cabinets before buying new groceries. Use mini/sample health and beauty items first. Use empty jars for storage. Fix your small appliance rather than throwing it away.
  • NTake care of your possessions by following cleaning instructions and maintenance recommendations so everything from clothes to appliances lasts longer.
  • NSimplify your life; look for and use multipurpose items like vinegar and baking soda for cleaning needs, coconut oil for cooking and skin health, castile soap to wash anything from your skin to clothes.

refuse

Say no to what you don’t need.

reduce

Avoid single-use and unnecessary items.

reuse

Switch to reusable and permanent alternatives.

Rot

Compost organic household waste.

recycle

Recycling is the last resort.