How to reduce waste, the easy way!

The world has a big waste problem that will likely only be solved by changing our habits as individuals. It doesn't have to be hard, though! If you're ready to make more sustainable choices, we're here to help. Here are our best tips to reduce waste, the easy way!


  1. There's an app for that


In our rapidly evolving digital age, there's an app for just about anything! This is certainly true when it comes to waste reduction. Search "waste reduction" in the App Store to discover countless apps that are designed to help you and other people reduce waste. Great examples include Geev: The Zero Waste Solution which enables users to give away and pick up items and food, FoodHero which helps consumers save on food and groceries that would otherwise go to landfill, and Feedback which is a Canadian app that connects hungry patrons with restaurants willing to discount their food to divert it from landfill.


  1. Meal prep


A great way to reduce food waste in your own kitchen is to meal prep. You can find great meal prep plans and guides online to suit just about any diet. Basically you pick a few recipes, buy exactly what you need to make them, pick a day to make them, and prep them so you have ready-to-eat meals for days. Because you're planning your food carefully, you'll be way less likely to buy random items and let them rot in your fridge and go to waste. Bonus, you'll most likely save money and time in the process!


  1. Reuse


Reusing is critical to reducing waste. This principle can be applied in so many ways in your life. Here are just a few ways to reuse to reduce waste:

  • Use reusable containers to store and travel with food items. This reduces waste tremendously. 

  • Use reusable bags when shopping to avoid using excess plastic. Pack reusable shopping bags and produce bags in your bag or car to ensure you have them on hand when you shop.

  • Compost your food scraps. This is a classic way to reduce waste. Your city can make use of your compost if you don't have a garden to enrich. 

  • Use reusable laundry soap nuts. These crazy little things can be used many times over and will save you money on detergent while reducing harmful waste.


  1. Buy less, invest more


Fast fashion fuels our huge waste problem globally. Instead of buying cheap new clothing items every season, try to minimize your shopping and waste by opting to invest in a handful of high-quality pieces instead. Look for staple wardrobe items rather than trendy items so you can get the longest use out of them. This philosophy is surprisingly on-trend. Discover the brilliance of capsule wardrobes here.


  1. Donate


Give away or donate your old clothes and unwanted household items. So much clothing winds up in landfill, so giving away or donating clothes is a great way to reduce waste. Household items can be a great donation to vulnerable individuals in need as well.


BentallGreenOak hopes these easy waste reduction ideas help you reduce waste in an effortless way. 


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