20 Ways You Can Reduce Waste in Your Every Day Life by Calvin Eaton

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20 Ways You Can Reduce Waste in Your Every Day Life by Calvin Eaton

For me, this year has been all about sustainability. As a social entrepreneur sustainability has two very important definitions that I take to heart every single day:

  • The ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.
  • Avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.

The more I think about the future of 540WMain the more this thinking has lead me to perform specific actions that condition me to be more thoughtful about my personal impact on the earth. Like all of us I am bombarded and indoctrinated by “throw away” culture on a daily basis. To counteract this toxic messaging I am constantly reading books, articles, and digital magazines as well as listening to podcasts that help me rethink the way I live. I am constantly asking myself what can I personally do to reduce my carbon footprint, minimize the amount of waste I am producing, and change my thinking around what “away” really means as it pertains to waste. There is no such thing as away and with this in mind I have forced myself to consider small ways I can improve the negative impact that I personally have on the environment. While it is true that I cannot save the earth alone it is also true that every small action that I take to reduce, reuse, and not produce waste has a cumulative impact on improving the earth.

“What can I do to reduce my carbon footprint and minimize the amount of waste I am producing”

With that, I wanted to write about the small actions I have been taking lately to reduce my personal waste and remain devoted to my commitment to live a minimal life and minimize my waste. Of course, what works for me may not work for everyone. But there is something in this list that you can adopt at least some of the time. Can you think of more? What do you do to reduce waste in your life? Share with me in the comments.

20 Ways You Can Reduce Waste in Your Every Day Life
  1. Start composting
  2. Shop local
  3. Purchase bulk as much as possible;
  4. Bring reusable mason jars when shopping bulk
  5. Eat at least one meatless meal each week
  6. Bring your own reusable mug when buying a latte or coffee
  7. Make your own body products
  8. Bring your own reusable grocery bag when grocery shopping
  9. Shop at your local farmers market
  10. Start a home garden
  11. Refuse plastic bags
  12. Keep sustainable utensils in your bag when eating out
  13. Buy a refillable BPA free water bottle
  14. When dining out, refuse straws
  15. Refuse plastic for your dry cleaning
  16. Recycle at work and at home
  17. Consider going car free 
  18. Take public transportation
  19. Walk
  20. Ride you bicycle to work one day per week
  1. Why our throwaway culture has to end, National Geographic UK
  2. What I’ve Learned One Year After Going Car-Free (And Why I Plan to Continue) by Calvin Eaton
  3. What Is A Social Entrepreneurship?
  4. Top Three Ways to Be A Successful Social Entrepreneur
  5. Chickpea Magazine, Issue 19 (Scaling Back)
  6. The Minimalist Vegan 

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Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

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