6 Simple Tricks to Reduce Waste and Save Money

Minimizing your waste will not only help the planet, it will also put more money inside your pocket. Buying less and being creative with what you have will reduce your environmental impact and preserve resources. Below are 10 easy ways to cut your waste today.

1. Use period-proof underwear instead of buying tampons.
Every single tampon you have used in your life still exists somewhere on the planet. Switch to machine-washable, reusable undergarments designed to soak up your period better than any single tampon could.

2. Stop using makeup wipes and cotton balls.
Removing makeup and dirt on your face is the hallmark of a godo skincare routine. Unfortunately, if you keep using single-use wet wipes and non-organic cotton balls, you are not doing the environment any favors. Reusable makeup erasers are available. These can be washed up to 1,000 times and will last up to five years.

3. Invest in a pod-free coffee pot.
Collectively, people dispose billions of plastic coffee pods every year. They are non-recyclable and non-biodegradable. Fortunately, you can invest in a sustainable single-brew coffee pot with a washable brew basket that will give your fill of coffee minus the waste.

4. Pick a better sticky note.
Sticky notes cannot be replaced since they serve an important purpose. But instead of using tiny squares of paper, switch to reusable, dry-erase sticky notes that have a magnetic backing. One can replace thousands of the regular sticky notes and no need to buy repeatedly!

5. Mend your clothes.
Did you know that the average American unloads about 80 pounds of old clothes a year? It takes hundreds of years before some even decompose. Moreover, the rise of fast fashion worsens the wasteful cycle. So instead of buying new clothes, try buying vintage or secondhand, or increase the shelf life of your clothes by mending instead of replacing.

6. Do not waste food.
Every bit of food that goes to your bin is money wasted. Be more cosncious about what you buy and make sure you can consume them all. This is the first step to preserving food and also cutting your grocery budget down.

Ian Schindler