12 Ways to Reduce Your Waste

Before purchasing an item, ask if it contains recycled materials.

1. Do your research before going shopping so you can make informed buying decisions.

  • People often purchase items with less sustainable packaging simply because those items are more convenient, and many items that are difficult to recycle have packaging that tells you it’s recyclable. Remember that just because something is technically recyclable, doesn’t mean that it’s practically recyclable.  Please refer to our recycling guide whenever you need to remind yourself which items are the best/easiest to recycle!

2. Talk to store employees to find sustainable alternatives to items with unnecessary or hard-to-recycle packaging.

  • If you are having trouble finding something made of recycled content or packaged in easy-to-recycle packaging, just ask the store employees! Sometimes there are items you haven’t tried or noticed before that are packaged more sustainably

Buy products with limited packaging or bring your own packaging.

3. Bring reusable packaging and purchase items from the bulk bins.

  • Bulk bins are a great way to cut back on packaging. You can bring glass jars or reusable bags to the store and fill them with items in the bulk aisle!

4. Choose products packaged in glass, cardboard, and paperboard rather than those packaged in plastic.

Cut back on your water usage.

5. Use low-flow shower heads and toilets.

6. Repair leaky faucets and hoses.

Cut back on your electricity usage.

7. Shutdown electronics you are not using and unplug all idle electronics.

8. Use LED light bulbs.

9. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

Cut back on your fuel usage.

10. Drive only when needed and walk, bike, carpool or take public transportation when possible.

11. Avoid idling by turning your car off whenever parked for more than 10 seconds.

12. Only heat your home when necessary.