13 Tips To Reduce Waste This Summer

Pro Tips | Jul 2, 2018 12:00:00 AM

When we think about reducing the amount of waste in our home, it might seem insignificant at first. It’s important to remember that every small step towards sustainability counts! We should always try to reduce waste whenever we can!

Minimizing your environmental impact will never go out of style, and it takes time. You won’t wake up tomorrow in a zero waste home, but you can start today with a few simple steps. From buying in bulk to using cloth napkins, this post summarizes small things you can do every day.

1 - BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSH

You can start by switching your plastic toothbrush to a bamboo toothbrush. Bamboo is naturally antimicrobial, biodegradable and it looks really stylish.

2 - REUSABLE RAZOR 

Another easy thing you can do is to buy reusable razors, instead of disposable ones. There is really no reason for you to buy a disposable one! Reusable razors are more efficient and last longer.

3 - DIY TOILETRIES

There are many toiletries you can make yourself such as natural deodorants, hair masks, body lotion, toothpaste and hair wash.

4 - CLOTH HANDKERCHIEFS

Instead of using tissue-paper, you can use a good old-fashioned handkerchief. It’s less messy than it sounds, and it has a major impact on the environment. It’s also better for your skin, as paper-tissue contain a lot of chemicals.

5 - CUT DOWN ON SHOWER TIME

This one isn’t hard at all. You can even set an alarm for 5-7 minutes in the beginning, until you get used to taking a shorter shower.

6 - REUSABLE MESH/PRODUCE BAGS

We definitely don’t need plastic bags to store our produce. Mesh bags are so popular and so easy to carry around that there’s no excuse not to do this swap.

7 - BUY IN BULK

Most grocery stores have a bulk section! You can bring small cloth bags to avoid plastic ones, and later transfer your products to a glass jar. You will also save money, pre-packaged products are always more expensive than when bought in bulk.

8 - REUSABLE CLOTH BAGS

You can replace single-use plastic snack bags with cloth bags. Be sure to get ones with a waterproof liner, that are free of BPA.

9 - REUSABLE COFFEE MUG

Using a reusable coffee mug means you’re avoiding using disposable cups that go straight to the landfill. Most of these disposable cups are not recyclable. Just ask your barista to use your reusable mug, it might feel awkward at first but you’ll get used to it.

10 - BIODEGRADABLE CLEANING PRODUCTS

Most cleaning products have an extensive list of harsh chemicals in their ingredients. These chemicals can pollute rivers, groundwater, and have numerous impacts on your health. When buying cleaning products, make sure to check EWG - Environmental Working Group for the ratings. All AspenClean products are rated with straight A’s, and are 100% Natural.

11 - CLOTH NAPKINS

Cloth napkins are not only for fancy dinners. You can have small ones to carry around with you, as well as larger ones to have at home. It won’t make that much of a difference to you, and it will actually help you save some money.

12 - USE CLOTH BAGS IN THE GROCERY STORE

This is one step that has become more common over the past decade. Many people are already used to bringing reusable bags to the grocery store. There’s no reason for you to juggle several plastic bags when you can carry two big cloth bags.

13 - BEGIN COMPOSTING

You only need a biodegradable compost bag and some space on your counter. Some people even put their compost bag in the fridge/freezer.


While this certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, we believe it's a great starting point. Remember,  it’s only when everyone plays a small role in reducing, reusing and recycling that we can make a big difference.