How to reduce waste at home and help the environment

Actualizado el Friday, 28 February, 2020

Many of us are looking for ways that we can be more environmentally friendly. It is, unfortunately, the case that around our homes and properties we are often very wasteful – and this has a seriously detrimental effect on the environment. In this article we will take a look at some of the most important ways that you can reduce waste and help the environment – here are six great tips that you can start using today.

Invest in green energy technology

One of the key ways that a property is wasteful towards the environment is through its use of energy. The majority of homes run on mains power, and of course, this means that you are wasting energy any time that you leave a light on in a room that you aren’t using, as well as any other trivial use of energy that isn’t needed.

The best way to counteract this waste is to invest in green technology. Solar panels, for example, are extremely popular because they allow you to generate your own energy as well as potentially earning money from the Feed in Tariff system, which is guaranteed in the UK by law for 20 years.

Recycle properly

When it comes to reducing waste, one of the most important and basic things that you can do is to get your recycling right. Many people like to believe that they are doing the right thing with their recycling, however, in some cases you can actually be in habits that are making things for difficult for the facilities doing the recycling.

For example, you might think that you can simply put a food container in the recycling straight after use when in truth you actually need to make sure that your containers are clean first. Any item with leftover food inside – even just a small amount – will be sent to landfill after it has been rejected by a recycling plant.

The same is true for items that are put inside bags. If you currently put your recycling in a plastic bin liner you are just ensuring that it will be sent away rather than recycled.

Use less plastic

Whilst it is possible to recycle plastic, it is important to understand that it’s actually much better to reduce your use of plastic in the first place. There has been a lot of publicity about just how bad plastic is for the environment, and thankfully there are lots of different ideas for ways that you can reduce your use of plastic.

However, if there is one thing that you can that will make the most difference it is to end your use of any disposable plastic items. When you come to buy it, think about whether you are going to use it once, or multiple times. If it is just once then there is probably a better option out there.

Compost as much as possible

As well as recycling properly, it is important that you take the time to compost your kitchen waste. Unused food will simply go to a landfill and whilst it is an organic matter that will break down, this will take a surprisingly long time. It’s a better idea, then, to start a composting scheme. More and more items that you buy from shops are becoming compostable – this includes some plastics. So, starting now and getting into a good routine of composting is essential.

Opt for natural alternatives

When you purchase new items, it is always a good idea to look for natural alternatives rather than things that are made with plastic or metal. A great example of this would be the possibility of swapping to natural deodorants rather than using aerosol, as not only is this a single-use piece of packaging, it also uses chemicals that are harmful to the environment.

Repair rather than replace

Get into the habit of repairing items rather than immediately looking into replacing them. For example, if you have a good pair of boots and the sole is beginning to go, you could either spend a lot of money buying new boots, or you can have your current pair resoled. The former leaves you with a pair of boots that have to be thrown away, as well as the waste of all the packaging. The latter saves you a lot of money and re-uses an item.