Ways To Minimize Landfill-Bound Trash In Your Home

by Rachel Baker on January 12, 2015

Being completely inspired by the need to reduce my carbon footprint on our planet after seeing the awesome wind farms in Indiana, I went searching for a way to implement some Zero-waste living techniques.

Here’s what I found:

A Guide to Zero-Waste Living

Take a minute to peruse the contents of the trash cans throughout your home. While this might not be the most pleasant (or pleasant-smelling!) activity, doing so can provide you with the information you need to begin living healthier, leaner and lighter on the planet. And it might even help you save money over the long haul.

If you’re like most of us, you produce an astounding 4.38 pounds of landfill-bound trash every single day, according to the EPA. For a family of four, that’s a daily output of more than 17 pounds of trash, officially called Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)—resulting in an annual total of more than 6,200 pounds.

Zero-waste living means aiming to reduce landfill-bound trash to the bare minimum—a worthy goal considering that a plastic bag could take up to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. When you look through your trash, you’ll probably find discards that could be recycled, reused or repurposed. As you get excited about zero-waste 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. Here’s an easy guide to streamlining the whole process.

This article was written by: Rachel Baker – Click to Become a Patron or to follow on Twitter.

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