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5 minimalist tips for reducing waste

Everyone has his or her own reasons for decluttering and minimal living. Some people find a sense of calm in decluttering, other people declutter for financial reasons. For me, the main motivation is to live a sustainable life. Decluttering and minimalism have many ecological advantages. I can’t separate minimalism and sustainable living, they go too well together and one often leads to or helps with the other. That is why today I will be sharing 5 minimalist tips for reducing waste. By minimizing waste in your household, you will not only reduce the clutter in your kitchen and your expenses, but you will also make a great contribution to a healthier planet. Way to go!

#1 Buy More Package Free

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By far the easiest way to reduce waste is to just don’t bring it into the house. Most of our waste comes from all those packages from the grocery store. Logic dictates that if you simply buy less in packages, you will eventually have less waste in your home. It may sound easy, but reducing waste at the source can be quite a struggle. Start simply by taking your own bags to the grocery store for buying unpackaged fruits and vegetables and bread. It’s a small change with great effect. Some stores have bulk isles where you can tap your own nuts, seeds, grains and cereal. Take advantage of this and bring your own bags and jars. For all other groceries you might have to get a little bit more creative, but if you visit your local farmers market you can find a lot of products without packages. Most people won’t mind (or will be delighted) to assist you. If you have no other option, try to buy products in glass or paper. This is more environmentally friendly than plastic.

#2 Waste less

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A lot of waste is created in the kitchen and comes from all the food scraps that we throw out and perfectly good products that reached the expiration date already. We tend to buy too much, more than we can actually eat, and we end up throwing a lot of it away. It is such a waste! Luckily, there is a lot you can do about this kind of trash. Simply mind what you buy and use what you have. Those food scraps can be used in all kinds of ways and if you check  my article with minimalist tips for groceries, you will see that there is a lot you can do to shop more efficiently. This way you will reduce kitchen waste in no time.

#3 Reuse Products

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A lot of the products that we throw away are actually perfectly usable in and around the house. You can reuse or upcycle pretty much anything, from egg cartons to glass jars and from old socks to cardboard boxes. On my Reusing page you will find tons of ideas for reusing specific items and on my Pinterest page you can find more inspiration. There is no excuse to simply throw something out without even considering its potential.

#4 Recycle

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I really believe that it should become mandatory for each household to separate waste and recycle as much as possible. By simply separating the waste in the home, you make recycling and reusing valuable resources so much easier. And, when it comes down to it, you actually cut back on waste too because a lot of it can be reused. Just start off simple by collecting your glass and paper separately. Once you get used to doing this, you can step it up a bit and focus on your organic waste, plastic and everything else that your city is currently recycling. Collecting waste this way is also a great way to get a better insight on what you are using and tossing. It makes all the other steps of reducing waste a lot easier.

#5 DIY

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Maybe one of the most effective ways to reduce waste in the long run is by making more products yourself. You can make a lot of food products from scratch, which saves you a ton of plastic in waste, but you can also make a lot of care products and household products yourself. Think of all the packaging you will save by simply reusing your own jars and some basic ingredients (which you can often buy in bulk). Try making your own hand soap or laundry detergent, for example. It will not only save you waste, it will also be far cheaper and more eco-friendly that the pre-packaged alternative.

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