21 Ways to Reduce Your Waste

The amount of trash we all accumulate over a short period of time is pretty astounding. We have come into an age of single use, throw away if its slightly broken, and overconsumption.

This takes a BIG tax on our earth – and threatens our ability to survive here as a species. Yes, look it up. IT DOES.

Some scientists are saying it’s already too late – we’ve done too much damage which is irreversible – our earth is paying the consequences – and we are beginning to feel those consequences ourselves.

Which could be true .. but

There are many people ( still not enough ) who are actively making changes.

Just as we were all taught ( hopefully ) to clean up our room when we were young – we REALLY need to bring this concept into the bigger picture and clean up our act and planet – because we are trashing it; and sadly many don’t even realize it yet.

So what do we do?

Increase your awareness around what you are buying, how often, and how it will end up back in the earth and the natural cycle.

A good example – buying produce at a grocery store ( not in plastic packaging ), using a reusable bag, any scraps like the peel of a banana then getting put into a compost bin, those scraps being made into compost, then that compost being spread into a garden that grows more food.

The bad example we see too often – single use utensils, cups, plates, napkins, cans, water bottles, plastic toothbrushes, plastic shampoo or lotion bottles – getting tossed in the trash ( or not ), ending up either on the side of the road, on the street making its way to a storm drain and into the ocean, or at least to a landfill where those plastic and man made materials take THOUSANDS of years to break down back into the earth.

I live in Southern California and there are signs at the beach that tell us to not go into the ocean because the water is contaminated with sewage and chemicals.


My partner and I fill up an entire standard recycle bin every 2 – 3 MONTHS. Our standard trash bin – it gets dumped before it is full – but a guess would be it would take 5 – 6 months for us to fill that. We have very little trash.

How quickly do you fill your bin? What are you putting in there? Can you reduce the amount you put in there?

21 Ways to Reduce Your Trash

Many of these are because we shop at a refill store where we bring in our own bottles and get them refilled, or we have a grocery store that has bulk bin items. Find those near you – or ask your grocery store to offer it.

  1. Refillable toothpaste
  2. Bamboo Toothbrushes
  3. Deodarant in biodegradable containers
  4. DIY creams & lotions – or refill store
  5. Menstrual cups instead of pads and tampons
  6. Wooden hair brushes
  7. Handmade soaps not in packages
  8. Natural sea sponge for luffas
  9. Body soap – refill store
  10. Metal refillable razor
  11. Dish soap – glass reusable pump bottle and refill store
  12. Dishwasher powder – refill store
  13. Glass reusable cleaning bottles
  14. DIY cleaning sprays with essential oils
  15. Wooden dish scrubbers
  16. Pantry dry goods – bulk bins at grocery store ( herbs + spices too )
  17. Reusable bags for dry goods
  18. Glass Tupperware containers
  19. DIY plant milks instead of waxy cartons
  20. Refill / Bulk bins for Kombucha, Honey, ACV, Maple syrup etc
  21. DIY Peanut butter – or grinding machines at your grocery store

If you need a little more explanation about any of these or need a visual watch my Youtube video where I show you each item in my home.

Thank you for doing your part!

Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com

Published by Jody Vining

Helping you live in such a way where you shine every day. Where you laugh so much you get your ab workout in for the day. Where your skin, eyes, and aura just glow with confidence, joy, and love, and it radiates off of you onto others. Life is supposed to be fun. We are here to feel joy, happiness, comfort, and love. We are meant to live our passions and dreams. My passions focus around Mindset, Food, Nutrition, Clean Lifestyle, and making sure you are fulfilled from the inside out. I accept you for exactly who you are. Our minds can get stuck in negative places so Im here to help you rewire those crazy thoughts, change around the habits that don't help you thrive and add in new ones that do. I remind you what it feels like to live intuitively. Being your True, Beautiful, Joyful, Authentic, Empowered Self. As you are meant to be. ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ "The best kind of people are the ones that come into your life and make you see the sun where you once saw clouds. The people that believe in you so much, you start to believe in yourself too. The people that love you for being you. The once in a lifetime kind of people."

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