10 Easy Ways to Reduce Waste & Save Money in the Process

Connie Riet
by Connie Riet

I'm going to share ways to reduce waste and save money. Being 100% perfect at zero waste can feel like an unachievable task, but some action is better than none. Here are easy ways to practice mindful consumerism to help your bank account and planet.


Using coconut oil to reduce waste

1. Make beauty products with coconut oil

Use coconut oil to take off your makeup because wipes are wasteful and costly. 

How to make beauty products with coconut oil

Mix coconut oil with baking soda for deodorant and with shea butter as a lotion. You’ll reduce plastic container waste and it costs pennies to make an abundance of beauty supplies. 

Glass storage containers

2. Ditch baggies

Don’t use single-use plastic baggies. Switch to beautiful glass storage containers with airtight locks. 

Reusable silicone bags help reduce waste

Bring your lunch in reusable silicone bags that are spill-proof and last for years. 

How to reduce waste

Instead of large plastic baggies, store bread in unbleached organic cotton bags to keep bread crunchy on the outside and moist inside. 

Reusable metal razor

3. Switch to reusable metal razors

Stop using cheap plastic disposable razors which can become expensive and wasteful over time. Use a metal razor that costs about $20 on Amazon and order huge packs of 25 to 100 new razor blades so it lasts a lifetime.

Shopping with reusable grocery bags

4. Shop with reusable grocery bags

Americans throw away over 100 billion plastic grocery bags a year, which take over 1,000 years to break down. Bring your own grocery bags to the store to eliminate plastic waste. 

Simple ways to reduce waste

Also, opt out of using plastic produce bags and just place them in your reusable bag. 

Menstrual cups help to reduce waste

5. Use a menstrual cup

It's estimated that a woman will use over 300 pounds of menstrual period supplies in her lifetime that go into the landfill.

How to use a menstrual cup

Use a reusable silicone cup that lasts 10 years.

 

DIY cleaning supplies

6. Use DIY cleaning supplies

Make your own chemical-free window cleaner, dusting spray, all-purpose spray, and air freshener out of a few simple ingredients that cost pennies to make, kill bacteria, smell great, reduce plastic waste, and last a long time.

Filling up a reusable water bottle

7. Reuse water bottles

It's estimated that over 1 million water bottles are purchased every minute globally. Make the switch to reusable water bottles to eliminate plastic sitting in landfills.

Reusable organic cotton dishcloths

8. Reuse dishcloths

Toss the need to purchase sponges that fill with bacteria and switch to reusable organic cotton or bamboo dishcloths. Kills all the bacteria, smells great, and I don't have to replace them every week.

How to reduce food waste

9. Plan meals

Avoid food waste with weekly meal plans and eat leftovers to reduce food waste. Create a grocery list and stick to it to help out your monthly budget, and stop buying impulse items.

Mindful consumerism

Use glass containers for leftovers. You're more likely to eat leftovers when you can see them in the container. 

Shopping secondhand to reduce waste

10. Shop at secondhand stores

Shop at thrift stores for clothes, furniture, and household items. Mix used purchases in with some of your newer items. Mend clothes with missing buttons or zippers instead of tossing or donating. Small repairs make clothes last longer.


How to reduce waste and save money

What are some of the ways that you’ve incorporated zero waste into your life? I would love to hear them in the comments below.

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  • Gail Kellum Gail Kellum on Sep 21, 2022

    After grocery shopping, I like to remove items: crackers, cereal, bars of soap etc. from their boxes and immediately placing in recycling bin. I also do this with anything else I purchase that has cardboard tags, backings etc. It's amazing how the smallest items add up. It does take some effort but once you get in the habit, it becomes second nature. If everyone did their small part with cans, paper, cardboard, plastic, we may make a difference. We at least must be aware of the pure amount of trash we mindlessly throw in the bin. We have to be part of the solution!

  • M M 2 days ago

    I tried coconut oil many years ago, couldn’t stand the smell. Has that odor been refined out of it so that I could try it again?

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