How to reduce: Waste

Off-Grid Living
Oct 7, 2015 · 3 min read

In this post, we’re going to go over some of the ways to reduce your waste, aswell as cover some of the different benefits you get from doing this.

The first thing you can cut out in order to reduce your waste, is disposable cleaning items such as paper towels and tissues.

We suggest you replace them with these different alternatives,
such as cloth handkerchiefs and regular pieces of cloth/clothes that can be used for cleaning up surfaces and cleaning in general. It will save you both money and energy, aswell as give that old worn-out shirt a new purpose.

Another benefitial thing you can do in order to reduce your waste, is cutting out takeout food.

The containers and the bags are made to be one-time only. It can be costly, both money-wise and ecologically. Here’s some of the alternatives we ourselves suggest wholeheartedly.

Instead of getting takeout, you could go down to the supermarket and buy fresh and local ingredients, and use the internet to find some easy recipes for you to follow. Often it is as delicious, if not more delicious than the regular takeout food you can order. Takeout food alone can rack up to 10–20 dollars per person, so you can easily relocate that money into proper food.

Another type of waste is food waste. This is sadly very common in today’s society, as we spend too much money on food we won’t eat.

The solution to this seems very easy in theory, but can sometimes be hard in reality for some people.
The solution is simply this. Figure out how much food you or your family NEEDS in the next 2–3 days. This alone is not enough, however. You need to encourage one another to actually prepare and eat the food you bought.

Now you’re probably thinking about a way to dispose your waste. Well, we have a solution for you! Its a single and simple word.


Compost is incredibly easy. You get a container of any kind and fill the bottom with a bit of dirt. Then you simply pile your organic trash into it and add a few worms. They will break down the food and turn it into fertile soil! You can then use this however you see fit, and even sell it to someone who would have more use for it.

These are just some of our suggestions! There are several more ways for you to handle and reduce your waste that is equally eco-friendly, if not more.
We encourage you to go out and explore the internet for ways that are most beneficial to you and your family!

Off-grid living

A simplistic guide to living green in modern society.

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Off-grid living

A simplistic guide to living green in modern society.

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