WasteWise Tips

Tips and ideas for living well without waste.

Zero Waste

WasteWise living means aiming to reduce landfill-bound trash to the bare minimum—a worthy goal considering that plastics take thousands of years to decompose and food waste creates methane, a potent greenhouse gas in a landfills. When you look through your trash, you’ll probably find discards that could be recycled, reused or repurposed. As you get excited about waste wise living, you’ll reprioritize your shopping habits and reduce the amount of clutter and excessive packaging or goods you bring into your home in the first place. Whether you’re an experienced zero-waster or a beginner, there’s always something to learn or ways to improve.

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WasteWise Tip #1: Compost at Home

Compost can be easy to make and offers many benefits, from helping your garden grow greener to reducing your curbside yard debris roll cart and needing to purchase fertilizers and pesticides.

BRING offers Earth Machine composters available year round at the Planet Improvement Center.

WasteWise Tip #2: Ditch paper napkins and towels for durable cloth
Durable cloth napkins and towels are colorful, cost-effective, hygienic and convenient.

WasteWise Tip #3: Replace disposable plastic toothbrushes for an alternative material
Here are some of our favorites.

WasteWise Tip #4: Ditch disposable feminine hygiene products for solutions that are good for the planet and women.
Here are five eco-friendly options that are healthier for you, the planet and your bank balance.

WasteWise Tip #5: Buy in bulk
When done correctly, buying in bulk can save an average family up to 50% on their monthly grocery budget it also reduces packaging waste.

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