Cheap And Easy Ways To Cut Down On Waste

Cheap And Easy Ways To Cut Down On Waste

We’re gearing towards the zero waste era where everyone is invited to reduce waste to help mother earth in our own little way. Brands and establishments are already starting to reduce their wastes by not using plastic or encouraging shoppers to use eco bags. Some have modified their product’s packaging so it would be environment friendly or recyclable.

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Below are some ways for us to contribute to this cause right inside our own homes. Check it out below.

 

1. Freeze things in mason jars instead of ziploc bags.

three full clear glass jars with lids

You should leave enough space though for liquid expands when frozen and may break your jars when frozen. Another tip is minimizing ice crystals by cooling the food in the jar thoroughly before you freeze it. You can place the jars in the fridge overnight and then place them in the freezer the next day.

 

2. Set your fridge between 35 and 38 degrees and pull it a few inches away from the wall.

The optimal temperature of 35 to 38 degrees will keep your perishables fresh and cold, and while setting the temperature colder seems tempting, it just increases your energy bill. If you don’t have a fridge that demarcates exact degrees, you can get a fridge thermometer to find out.

It helps to pull your fridge 1–2 inches away from the wall because it’ll make it easier to keep your food cold.

 

3. Keep your refrigerator and freezer full — it saves energy!

open top-mount refrigerator

This keeps the temperature of the fridge consistent, so that it’s not using additional energy when you’re opening and closing the door. If you have trouble filling up extra space, you can always fill up jugs of water and stick them in the fridge.

This keeps the temperature of the fridge consistent, so that it’s not using additional energy when you’re opening and closing the door. If you have trouble filling up extra space, you can always fill up jugs of water and stick them in the fridge.

 

4. If you love candles, try using beeswax or soy candles.

Beeswax and soy (pesticide-free and non-GMO) candles burn longer and cleaner than regular (paraffin) candles. A clean burn usually indicates fewer toxins and chemicals in the candle. Make sure you get them with a cotton wick, which also extends their burn time.

 

5. Use Eco Bags When Shopping

Most establishments especially groceries have already switched to using eco bags. To save on plastic waste make sure to bring your when shopping.

 

6. Bring Your Own Reusable Cups When Buying Your Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks just launched their reusable cups to encourage their customers to bring this with them when buying their coffee instead of using the plastic cups and paper cups every time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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