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Building a Zero-Waste Home: Strategies for Minimizing Waste and Maximizing Sustainability

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Over the past few years, people have embraced this concept while witnessing its impact. However, it is still limited to a few individuals. To take it to a larger scale, it is crucial to raise awareness among people. To incorporate a zero-waste home into our lives, we need to make some changes such as revising our regular purchasing habits, whether it is related to clothing, everyday items, or even food. Let’s enthusiastically make these changes and embrace a zero-waste lifestyle.

Let’s find out about some interesting steps that will help you enthusiastically minimize your home waste.

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1. Buy loose food items in bulk

Buying loose food items in bulk can be a great option. Many grocery stores sell loose food items, so you can bring your cloth bag or jute bag to purchase them. There are several benefits to this, such as loose food items are cheaper compared to packaged food, and you can buy according to your needs. After buying, you can fill them in bottles or jars at home. This way, you can reduce the waste generated from packaged food.

2. Avoid plastic bottles

For your information, Americans throw away 60 million bottles daily, of which only 12% are recycled, and the rest end up in landfills. Instead of plastic bottles, you can use steel bottles, copper bottles, or bamboo bottles. By using this option, you not only save money but also reduce the impact on the environment and also help to reduce waste.

3. Opt for cloth or jute bags instead of plastic

Wherever you go shopping or want to buy grocery items, you can carry your own jute bag or cloth bag instead of taking plastic bags from the market. This way, unnecessary plastic won’t come to your house.

4. Compost your food waste

If you are bothered by kitchen food waste, you can easily compost it without much effort. This way, you can convert your food waste into organic fertilizer, which will not only reduce your waste but also allow you to do good plantation or gardening.

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5. Go for sustainable and thrift cloth

It is estimated that the United States throws away 34 billion pounds of used clothes annually, which is 100 pounds (45.36 kg) per person. Which directly affects our environment, if we change our cloth-buying habits then we can avoid creating a lot of cloth waste. There are a lot of options as you can go for sustainable clothes and choose thrift clothes instead of buying a new one, it is a cost-saving and sustainable approach.

6. Use more digital than print document 

As the digital revolution is growing, we should replace paper documents with digital documents, so that we can save paper and ink, whenever you go anywhere you can ask for a digital bill or receipt instead of a paper bill or receipt, these receipts are coated with toxic BPA and BPS, which would be best to avoid it.

7. Recycle spare tirerecycle tire

If you have spare tires on your premises, and you want to recycle them, but most of the landfills do not accept them, there is a way where you can show your creativity by converting them into useful things like a dog bed, tire swings, etc. or you can give it to a recycling agency.

8. Meal planning and preservation 

A better approach to reducing food waste is to plan your meals properly so that you reduce food waste, as all food items spoil quickly, you can freeze or dry them properly so that you can use them for a long time.

9. Avoid single-use plastic

Most of our waste comes from single-use plastic like plastic cutlery, straws, plates, cups clogs, etc. Avoid using all these types of items instead, you can opt for a more sustainable approach like the use of area plates, bamboo cups, bamboo straws, steel straws, etc. All these are good choices for our health and environment.

10. avoid plastic wrap products and support a local farmer

It is a bit difficult to avoid wrapping food items as most of the supermarkets use wrapped food, but there is an option, you can purchase from local farmers who mostly provide unwrapped fresh items, it will be helpful to local farmers and you will go plastic-free purchase.

If we take prompt action looking at the recent environmental conditions, we will definitely bring a huge change in our societies. It will be a little difficult to adopt this approach at first but bringing little changes in our lifestyle and purchases can have a huge impact, this way we can teach a sustainable approach to our future generation and save our earth.

Sachin Munda

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