Waste-Reducing Tips for Your Kitchen, Living & Bathroom Spaces

Interested in reducing waste in your home? You’ve come to the right place!

Incorporating more sustainable tricks into your daily routine means conserving and reusing as much as possible. Because it’s nearly impossible to go zero-waste, we’ve gathered practical tips and tricks for your home routine to help you navigate a home that aligns with your morals.

“Reducing our levels of consumption will not be a sacrifice but a bonus if we simply redefine the meaning of the word ‘success.”

David Wann

Chopped apples and carrots on wooden cutting board
Photo by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Kitchen & Dining

As the saying goes, the kitchen is the heart of the home! The first step to reducing waste in your kitchen is to stock your fridge and pantry with more sustainably sourced foods. Eating a locally sourced, plant-based diet is not only good for our health, it’s good for the health of our planet. Along with going plant-based, here are some suggestions to help your kitchen generate the least amount of waste as possible:

  • Thrift glassware, dinnerware, casserole dishes and more.
  • Choose foods with minimal packaging, and those with the least water and waste used in their production.
  • Buy local. When possible, shop at your local farmers markets for fresh produce.
  • Save kitchen scraps for backyard composting or freezing for soup stock.
  • Seek out sustainable materials in remodels, such as bamboo, FSC-certified wood, recycled appliances and more.
  • Consider how many kitchen appliances, utensils, etc. your family really needs. Donate, repurpose or sell the rest.
  • Upcycle mason jars, glass bottles, plastic containers and more for around the house purposes. These items can be used for drinking ware, storage pieces, decoration, and so much more.

Mug on coffee table by book and couch
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Living Spaces

Much of our time is spent in our living spaces like the family room or the bedroom. Here are are few ways to make your favorite spaces more favorable for the environment: 

  • Think small. Consider what you need, versus what you want. If there’s something you can’t live without, seek out a recycled or upcycled version of it before buying new.
  • Use second-hand furniture apps to find new pieces for your spaces, such as Offerup and Letgo.
  • When buying new, choose furniture made with more sustainable materials (and avoid products which use plastic, wool, feathers, and leather).
Soap and wash brush bathroom
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Bathroom

Creating a tranquil bathroom space doesn’t have to compromise your sustainability goals. Try out these waste-reducing bathroom practices: 

  • Choose cruelty-free beauty, bathing and cleaning products.
  • Seek out plastic-free packaging options, and take advantage of package-free options.
  • For those who have the time, consider making your own soaps, lotions, cleaners and more.
  • Install a bidet as a great alternative to toilet paper.
  • When remodeling your bathroom space, choose sustainably made and sourced materials such as bamboo, FSC-certified wood and recycled materials.

Bonus: What’s the Difference between recycle and upcycle?

  1. Recycle: to reuse or make a substance available again for reuse through natural processes of biochemical degradation or modification.
  2. Upcycle: to recycle something in such a way that the resulting product is of a higher value than the original item. To create an object of greater value from a discarded object of lesser value.
Carly Sutherland
Carly Sutherland

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