There are so many easy ways to dramatically reduce your waste every day that most people don’t know about. Beyond helping save the planet, you’ll also save serious time and money – without really even trying.

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’ve put together a 30-day challenge to waste less—less food, water, electricity, time, and money.

1.BYOB(ag) to the grocery store

 

2. Unplug appliances you aren’t using

 

3. Cut brown bananas in half and freeze for smoothies

 

4. Ditch the coffee stirrer

 

5. Recycle an old electronic device

 

6. Fill ice trays with leftover wine to use in future recipes

 

7. Make a grocery list (and only buy what’s on it)

 

8. Turn the water off while scrubbing dishes

 

9. Buy bulk quantities of pantry staples (rice, pasta, nuts)

 

10. Store kitchen scraps (raw fruits and veggies, egg shells to compost)

 

11. Repair that leaky faucet

 

12. Donate what you don’t want – Reduce Waste!

 

13. Pick one food and cook with every part of it

 

14. Tupperware: Use it! – Recycle

 

15. Break bananas apart to increase their counter life

 

16. Trade paper towels for a cloth one

 

17. Don’t mix fruits and vegetables (they spoil each other)

 

18. Learn the right way to organize your fridge

 

19. Say no to plastic straws

 

20. Turn day-old rice into fried rice

 

21. Swap your paper coffee cup for a mug

 

22. Reuse jars for flowers or bulk food

 

23. Buy organic milk (it’s processed differently to last longer)

 

24. Don’t confuse “sell by,” “best by,” or “use by” with “toss by”

 

25. Traveling? turn down the thermostat and unplug

 

26. Carpool

 

27. Ditch disposable water bottles

 

28. Go paperless for bank statements, bills, etc.

 

29. Ordering takeout? Say no to utensils and napkins

 

30. Trade tea bags for loose leaf tea in a tea infuser

 

 

 


Source: Greatist.com

Contributed by Emma Guerena, Marketing Intern Steadfast Management