Minimizing Waste From Your Home

by Joyce Powers 10/06/2019

Going zero waste doesn’t have to seem like a daunting task. There are several ways you can bring down your waste production at home. Try out these few tips and see how much progress you make.

  • Stop Using Plastic Straws. Many homes churn out a lot of plastic straws that quickly end up in the ocean and destroy marine life. Try investing in a metal straw as a stylish alternative. Paper straws will work just as well in your next party. However, feel free to skip this tip if anyone in your home has a disability that requires a straw.
  • Abandon Plastic Bags. Statistics show that we use the average plastic container for only 12 minutes, but it takes up to 5 centuries to break down in a landfill. Now you have a good enough reason to ditch your plastic bags and bring your reusable bags to the store. Get yourself a tote bag from your favorite brand or bookstore, or attempt making one at home.
  • Try Out Composting. Composting has many benefits for your garden asides been a great way to cut down on food waste. Composting enhances better soil, healthier plants and, more importantly, a healthier planet is one surefire way to cut down waste.
  • Build a Plastic-Free Pantry. Reducing waste can look super pretty in your kitchen. Stocking up on glass jars and containers to organize your pantry is something you should try. You will probably never lose anything in your fridge again, and you can bring the jars and containers straight to the grocery store to stock up on bulk goods.
  • Get rid of Plastic Take-Out Containers. Consider exchanging take-out for fast dinner ideas that you can stir up under 30 minutes or less. Go for eating at the restaurant if you're not in the mood for cooking, to skip the plastic utensils and containers.
  • Recycle. While cutting down on items that you can only use once is a better way to reduce waste, recycling is equally as good. It doesn't matter what its composition; there's probably a way to recycle it properly. Learning how to reclaim the items you have in your home will have you barely making use of your trash bin. Wherever possible, always look for recyclable options for whatever you want to get.

Living waste free is possible, all it takes is a little hard work and some commitment.

About the Author
Author

Joyce Powers

 After leaving a successful career in the financial industry, I did much soul-searching and found myself drawn to the real estate industry. When you consider that the most important investment most people make is their primary residence, I thought this would be a perfect second career for someone with my background.

I became a licensed NYS Realtor and I am currently a NYS Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker affiliated with KMS Realty Group and a member of the Staten Island Board of Realtors. I've also obtained the following Designations and Certifications: ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative), CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist), CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert), CSSP(Certified Short Sale Professional), GREEN (National Association of Realtors GREEN Designation), SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource), SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist). Since 2010 I've been a Top Producer of the Staten Island Board of Realtors. I’ve also served on various committees at the Staten Island Board of Realtors, including the Grievance Committee and the Professional Standards Committee and I'm currently a Director of the Staten Island Board of Realtors.

As a professional full-time Realtor, I will guide you through one of the most important financial decisions you will make - whether it is buying or selling your home or investing in real estate properties. I will be by your side every step of the way.