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Going Green at Home

Did you know the average household of four wastes more than 120 pounds of trash a week, and nearly 44,000 pounds a year? If you’re wondering how to live a healthier and more mindful life, follow along as we explore how to minimize waste and get the most from things you use in your everyday routine with these simple steps. 

1. Turn off lights and fans, and unplug electronics as much as possible. 

2. Buy fresh produce, avoid food wrapped in plastic, and say "no" to ingredients you can’t pronounce.

3. Limit the amount of mail you receive by unsubscribing to things you don’t need. 

4. Keep a reusable bag in your car at all times for carrying groceries. 

5. Donate old clothes or belongings to thrift stores.

6. Say no to harsh chemicals and related products in your home. 

7. Create a vinegar water mix. Equal parts of each work well as a great disinfectant or add-in for your laundry detergent. 

8. Try composting unused food to create soil for indoor our outdoor plants.

9. Recycle. Join the 100 million Americans who have already adopted this valuable way to reuse trash. Start by separating out any glass or aluminum. You can recycle metals, paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, batteries, bulbs, and electronics. 

10. Avoid plastics whenever you get the chance to avoid harmful chemicals like BPA. 


Practicing even a few of these steps and you can immediately begin to shrink the amount of waste in your home—so commit to change today! Create a checklist reminder on your phone or refrigerator to avoid slipping into old habits.