Residential

Tips to prevent from producing too much waste:

Less is more!
The most environmentally friendly packaging is the non-existent packaging. Packaged and welded goods cause often unnecessary waste. This is why access to products that are little or not at all packed and avoids packaging if it is possible...

No plastic bags at the grocery store - use a cotton bag!
A European average per year consumed 500 plastic bags. Practical use reusable alternatives with cotton bags, baskets etc. This is a more environmentally friendly contribution to reduction of waste.

Be a paper saver!
Despite computer files, email and Internet, the paper consumption is increasing for years. Reduce your paper consumption you print only what they absolutely need.

Plate instead of trash: Avoid food waste!
With a shopping list and menu for the week, bringing order in your fridge and ensure that less food in the trash is moving.

Say no to XXL packaging!
Unfortunately, many supermarkets with low-cost XXL packaging advertise. Consider well, what package size you really need not to hide from the XXL offer.

Give and do double good!
Not everything that is unnecessary in your household is at the same time rubbish. Donate these things such as non-profit organizations or to other people.

We celebrate all night - no waste!
The next celebration is sure to come. Serve the food and drinks on real dishes your guests and avoid disposable solutions made of cardboard and plastic. This protects the environment and rinse is much cheaper than to buy disposable tableware.

Help with old mobile phones of the environment!
The flood of new mobile phone models does not allow for. What happens to the decommissioned models? There are now as many mobile phones as earthlings (more than 7 billion!)

Use rechargeable batteries!
Only one-third of the sold batteries are returned per year. The rest is, be disposed of in the household waste, which released harmful substances such as nickel, cadmium and mercury. Therefore, you should use the best batteries or devices with electric hook ups.

Buy less
Start at the root of the problem by consuming fewer products. This means holding off on buying a new sweater if you’ve got a perfectly good one, forgoing a new set of sheets when yours have no holes, or choosing to wait on a home improvement project that involves ripping out your entire kitchen. In any case, you’ll be saving money and consuming less, thereby cutting your environmental impact.

Reuse existing items
Often the simplest solution to a problem is to just reuse an item you already own for a new purpose. Whether it’s turning old T-shirts into rags, or leftover wall paint for finishing that chair, finding uses for items already in your home is better than throwing them away.

Buy reusable’s
Just like reusing existing items, have reuse in mind when you’re in need of something new. Forgo one-use items like bottled water, disposable napkins, and paper coffee cups and go for reusable items instead. This is especially important for daily habits like taking your lunch to work.

Repair rather than replace
Even when an item breaks, it may still have a lot of life left in it. Could you put a patch on the hole in your jeans or repair the air conditioner rather than replacing it? Though repairing can involve an investment of time and money, it will minimize your physical waste and can often mean long-term money savings as well.

Sell or give old items away
You may not have a use for your old stereo or the afghan from your great aunt, but more than likely someone else can make use of it. If you need a little extra cash, find a way to sell your things. If not, look for charities and nonprofits that will take your old things rather than kicking them to the curb.

Choose secondhand
When you do need flooring for your new home or a suit for the office, why not try out secondhand or consignment stores. Buying used items means you’re not consuming virgin resources, minimizing energy needed to create and ship new products, and cutting your bills in the meantime.

Start recycling or separate
Though not the most effective choice for reducing waste (see all preceding tips here for better ideas), having a home recycling program is extremely important. It is the eco-friendly way to handle all of the waste that you can’t prevent.

Compost organics
Waste that easily biodegrades - food scraps, yard clippings, and the like - are bad for climate change when they head to the landfill. Learn more by reading our composting section

 

If you reduce waste so you'll save your own Money!

 

Tip: Reduce the Amount of Packaging

  • When choosing between two similar products, select the one with the least unnecessary packaging.
  • Remember that wrenches, screwdrivers, nails, and other hardware are often available in loose bins. At the grocery, consider whether it is necessary to purchase items such as tomatoes, garlic, and mushrooms in prepackaged containers when they can be bought unpackaged.
  • When appropriate, use products you already have on hand to do household chores. Using these products can save on the packaging associated with additional products.
  • Recognize and support store managers when they stock products with no packaging or reduced packaging. Let clerks know when it's not necessary to double wrap a purchase.
  • Consider large or economy-sized items for household products that are used frequently, such as laundry soap, shampoo, baking soda, pet foods, and cat litter. These sizes usually have less packaging per unit of product. For food items, choose the largest size that can be used before spoiling.
  • Consider whether concentrated products are appropriate for your needs. They often require less packaging and less energy to transport to the store, saving money as well as natural resources.
  • Whenever possible, select grocery, hardware, and household items that is available in bulk. Bulk merchandise also may be shared with friends or neighbors.
  • It is important to choose food services that are appropriate to your needs. One alternative to single food services is to choose the next largest serving and store any leftovers in a reusable container