How to Reduce your Household Waste

by Bronwyn Slater



  • Buy fruit and vegetables loose from your local farmers market, or sign up for a Veg Box scheme.
  • Buy in bulk.
  • Buy large packets of non perishables instead of small individual packs.
  • Eat a healthy, wholefood, plant-based diet.
  • Prepare and cook your own food.
  • Avoid buying takeaway and ready-meals.
  • Compost your food waste.



  • Try to minimise packaging at the grocery store.
  • Paper and cardboard can be recycled or composted.
  • Glass, plastic and aluminium packaging can all be recycled.
  • Use re-usable shopping bags.



  • Make your own toiletry and cleaning products from scratch (see past issues of Vegan Sustainability).
  • Use cloth nappies instead of disposable.
  • Use washable sanitary towels or menstrual cups instead of tampons or disposable pads.



  • Buy good quality shoes.
  • Old/damaged shoes can be re-soled or repaired.
  • Bring old clothes to a clothing bank or donate to charity.


Other items:

  • Buy rechargeable batteries.
  • Buy good quality, durable objects and appliances.
  • If appliances break down have them repaired.
  • Bring old, broken appliances to your recycling centre.
  • Buy wooden toys instead of plastic.
  • Donate old toys, objects and bric-a-brac to charity.







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