6 Simple Ways to Reduce Waste at Home

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What are the best ways to reduce waste at home? At ingarden, sustainability is at the core of everything we do. That’s why we’re passionate about helping you take steps to reducing waste at home. Our passionate team of eco enthusiasts has put together a special guide that includes five easy steps that’ll transform your home into a green paradise. 

6. Start Growing Herbs From Home

From basil to mint, we are all accustomed to fresh herbs from the grocery store. However, buying small amounts on a regular basis typically involves a lot of plastic packaging. An easy way to reduce waste at home is to start growing your own herbs. Basil plants require plenty of water but are cheap to buy and easy to maintain. Be sure to pick leaves lower down the plant, allowing the larger leaves at the top to absorb light. 

5. Start Reusing Plastics

At ingarden, we’re proudly plastic-free. Changing your attitude towards plastics is the first step towards reducing waste at home. Instead of buying single-use shampoo, soap, or conditioners, keep the same bottle and refill. Trade plastic sparkling water bottles for your own water carbonation system. It’s hard to avoid plastic altogether, so be sure to recycle the plastic you do throw out.

4. Switch to Paperless Billing

Let’s face it—how many letters in the mail go straight in the trash? Reduce on waste by switching your regular bills and other post to email instead. Almost all companies offer a paperless billing solution. 

3. Start Composting 

Did you know that 17% of food produced is actually thrown away? A great way to tackle that problem from home is by starting to compost. Start off by creating a compost bucket under the kitchen sink. Feed your compost bucket with any leftovers, teabags, or anything that’s gone bad. You’ll be amazed at how much less garbage your household produces. 

2. Buy, Sell, and Reuse Clothing

Each year, the fashion industry creates about 100 million tons of textile waste. Be part of the solution by reusing clothes you don’t want anymore as cleaning cloths; alternatively, try selling old items of clothing online or by having your own yard sale. Consider buying second hand clothing from others.

1. Start Growing Microgreens From Home

Did you know that per gram, microgreens contain up to 260 times more nutrients per gram compared to regular veggies? Microgreens are small plant seedlings that are packed with goodness. A clever way to keep your diet full of nutrition while cutting down on plastics and grocery store visits is by growing microgreens from home. From cress to red cabbage, it’s possible to grow up to 1,000 microgreens a week using ingarden. The automated watering and LED light system allows you to grow microgreens 365 days a year with zero effort. 

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