I can't stress this one enough. Even if you don't have municipal compost you can start one in your backyard. 25% of what Americans throw out can be composted.
Train yourself to put them in your trunk after you unload them. That way no matter where you are - you'll always be prepared. Take your cloth bags from the thrift store to the pet store to anywhere in between.
The key to controlling what leaves your home is by controlling what comes into your home. You can read more in this post.
stop junk mail:
Seriously. You don't want it. The trees don't want it. Nobody wants it. You can call places to stop it, use this website, or put a handy little sticker on your mailbox. It's been the perfect thing to stop junk for me.
phase out single-use products:
Paper towels, tissues etc. Paper towels can be replaced with rags. Tissues can be replaced with handkerchiefs. And, make better choices when it comes to toilet paper. I'm looking into buying a bidet. It still doesn't eliminate toilet paper, but it will reduce consumption. To avoid the plastic wrapping you can buy rolls wrapped in paper, preferably unbleached. You can find this at an office supply store or Amazon.
diy cleaning products:
5. Make your own cleaning products. I have two recipes for simple all purpose cleaners I use all over the house.
diy beauty products:
Make your own beauty products or look for organic alternatives. A great place to look is Credo. I've struggled with my skin for a long time. I've tried Proactive, Arbonne, and Rodan+Fields, and they have all taken their toll and never resolved the problem. My skin started clearing up after I stopped using them.
Now, I use a simple cleanser and moisturize with this great lotion.
Look for products that pull double duty. You don't need something for each individual task. Why make eight different cleaners when one all-purpose cleaner will do most jobs? Why make 5 beauty products, when you can use one product for five uses?
I recently made chapstick. I also use it to moisturize the ends of my hair, lotion for my body, condition leather shoes, restore wooden spoons, and remove makeup.
no bottled water:
You have no excuse to drink bottled water at home. There are so many filter options available to you. Britta pitchers, soma, attachments to your sink, and charcoal sticks.
If you're really lucky, the fridge does all the work for you. Many fridges have filtration systems already set up, just don't forget to change out the filter once a year. You can find filters that fit your fridge at discount fridge filters. Quit paying a 280,000% mark up for bottled water.
keep it real:
Do you have trouble getting everyone around a dinner table? Have you tried using real plates, real napkins, real silverware, real glasses? Have a real dinner.
You eat three times a day. Which means you can make a huge impact with your choices three times a day. I find that everyone is much more likely to sit down to dinner when cloth napkins are involved. I bought my set of dishes at the thrift store for $10.
Be a conscious consumer. Try to buy second hand. Try to buy things in store without unnecessary packaging. Try to buy food from local farmers. Try to buy food in bulk without packaging or aim to buy products in glass, aluminum, or paper. Try to avoid plastic.
With being a little more aware or your purchases and phasing out single-use products, you'll reduce your waste by almost 80%!
Upcycle your trash can into a flower pot because you won't be needing it much longer! How are you reducing your waste in the home?