8 Surprising Ways To Reduce Waste #SCJZeroWaste

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8 surprising ways to reduce waste. Save money and improve your health with these environmentally friendly tips.

I have a confession, it’s one that I’m a little sheepish about sharing: I’m a huge waster. It’s time to put a stop to it so I am going to share with you my five steps to reduce waste.

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I have been put to a challenge on reducing waste with my family by committing to the SC Johnson Zero Waste Challenge. SC Johnson is leading the industry in reducing waste. They are committed to environmentally friendly and sustainable business practices. Did you know that in Canada SC Johnson resells or recycles 100 per cent of its e-waste and surplus IT equipment? That’s including hardware. To achieve zero waste to landfill, SC Johnson replaced garbage bins at individual workstations with centralized sorting bins to ensure zero waste leaves the office areas.

By doing this, they have not sent any waste to landfills since January 2013.

How motivating is that?

If they never have garbage, I’m sure I can reduce my environmental footprint.

8 surprising ways to reduce waste. Save money and improve your health with these environmentally friendly tips.

Reduce Waste With These 8 Overlooked Steps:

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  1. Litterless lunches: I’m planning on making my own granola bars, along with using reusable containers and reusable bags instead of disposable bags.
  2. Glass water bottles: I will no long buy water from the store on my road trips, instead I’ll prepare ahead of time.
  3. K-Cups: I’m going to be realistic and tell you that I will not be giving them up. Instead, I will repurpose the grounds (they’re great in compost) and recycle the pods.
  4. Recycle: I know I said these tips would surprise you, but I had to state the obvious. This goes beyond cans and wine bottles. You can also recycle cardboard boxes and those weekly flyers.
  5. Reusable containers: Great for leftovers or for meal preps.
  6. Cut out takeout: Cook your own meals and skip the plastic bags, plastic forks and takeout containers.
  7. Make a meal plan: I know what you’re thinking: Randa, how does this reduce waste? Here’s my reasoning: When you make a meal plan you are usually making the meals from scratch and they’re made with wholesome foods (more produce and less packaged foods). Not only are you reducing waste but you’re also eating healthier. Bonus!
  8. Use a grocery list: After making your meal plan, transfer the ingredients you need to a grocery list. Stick to your list, you will save buying random package products, save money and (again) come out of the grocery store a little healthier. Bonus: Try using a digital grocery list on your smartphone to reduce paper use.

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How do you reduce waste? Share your tips in the comments.

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with SC Johnson and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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15 comments on “8 Surprising Ways To Reduce Waste #SCJZeroWaste”

  1. Those are all great ideas! I can’t give up my K-cup coffee either. I never thought about recycling them. Thanks for the tip! Have a great weekend.

  2. Yes, yes, yes – if we all do our part, great things can happen. Thanks for sharing!

  3. These are great tips! I feel like I’m constantly trying to reduce waste in our kitchen since I’m always cooking. I would be honored for you to check out our conference and affiliate program. We need talented bloggers like you! http://www.foodbloggingconference.com/become-an-affiliate/

  4. I made it my life’s mission to eat in.

  5. Great tips. I also think it is great to try to repurpose as many things as possible. Its amazing how versatile things can be when you use your imagination and/or Pinterest.

  6. I love reading posts like this one where I learn something

  7. Thank you for sharing these tips, I love recycling and reducing waste.

  8. I am packing wasteless lunches for my kids, too. They took to it so well that when they received a ziploc full of Halloween candy, they didn’t know how to open it!

  9. I love reading about ideas to reduce waste! #1 is my favorite. Those little lunch boxes are trash magnets…. we can do better. Thank you for this post and YAY for the Zero Waste Challenge!!

  10. Great tips, Randa! This year I have been working on reducing my waste, especially in the kitchen! Reusable containers are awesome, and I’m never anywhere without my nalgene! My next goal is to try composting, even if it’s only a little bit, it’s better than throwing things away!

  11. Unfortunately kcup plastic is not recyclable. Another alternative is refillable ones. Or nespresso has a recycling program since their cups are made of metal. They also compost the grounds in their program 

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