Reduce is the first and most effective form of waste reduction, followed by reuse and recycling. You can reduce your consumption of natural resources by buying less. It just takes getting used to a few new habits.
- Prevents pollution caused by extracting new raw materials
- Saves energy
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
- Saves money
- Reduces the amount of waste that will need to be recycled or sent to a landfill.
Tips for Reducing Your Waste
Buy less and use less. Make a list of items you really need at the store to avoid unnecessary
Maintain and repair what you buy. Have items repaired instead of purchasing a new product.
Share with friends. Try borrowing or renting something that you need instead of purchasing it.
Examples: power tools, landscaping equipment, computers, and carpet cleaners.
Buy products with less packaging. Consider buying in bulk for products that you use regularly.
Larger sizes use less packaging per product and usually cost less .
Durable is better. Choose to purchase reusable products over disposable products when possible.
Buy products made of or packaged in recycled materials. This way you are creating a market for
the things that you recycle at home.
Buy products in concentrated form. You can cut down on packing and get more for your money.
Examples: concentrated frozen juices, fabric softeners, clothing detergents, and household cleaners.
Buy non-toxic products. Reducing the toxicity of the products you use benefits both your health
and the environment. Find greener, less toxic products.
Say no to junk mail. Call toll-free numbers on unwanted catalogues and ask to be removed from
mailing lists. Whenever possible, use the Internet to obtain bills, news, catalogues, and other
information that usually gets mailed to your home. Reducing paper reduces waste.