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Easy Ways to Reduce Waste and Have a More Eco-Friendly Home


This article was originally published on grayhencottage.com


Chances are you’ve been spending a lot more time at home lately, like most of us. With the end of the world seemingly eminent… a global pandemic, raging wildfires, rising sea temperatures and sea levels… maybe now is the time to make a change. Better late than never. 


Maybe you’re looking for some changes around the house that can reduce your waste and carbon footprint, that won’t take up much of your time, and won’t need a big initial investment. 


These are a few of the eco-friendly and sustainable choices our family has made over the past year, and some of the impacts they’ve had around our home.


*This isn’t a guide for you or your family to live by, just some things to consider that can help save a few bucks as well as contribute to making the world a little better. 


Recycling

“Super original idea,” you may be thinking, sarcastically. Just hang on. You may already do this, and so did our family. It wasn’t until we moved into our new home, however, that we really began to pay attention to recycling. During the move, we stumbled across a list of acceptable items to recycle and were surprised to see how much more we could be recycling. Paper products, in particular, are something that we hadn’t recycled much prior to looking at this list. Items like junk mail, envelopes, magazines, folders, books, dry food boxes, and post-it notes can all be recycled. Check with your local recycling center or waste collection company to see what additional items you could be recycling.  We also learned that plastics are not as recyclable as most of us have been led to believe and have been trying to eliminate as much plastic for our lives as possible.


Composting

Another recent change that we’ve made since moving into our new home has been composting. From our kitchen we have been collecting the unused bits of fruits and vegetables, any spoiled produce, and our used coffee grounds and (unbleached) filters. In addition to the kitchen scraps, we’ve been adding green and brown material from our yard and garden. Lawn clippings, leaves, chicken manure, and a host of other materials h