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10 Simple Ways to REDUCE WASTE // Sustainable Living Tips

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We’ve been talking a lot about minimalism and living with less over here at the CMS HQ lately. Garbage really is a problem—whether it be waste or recycling—it’s something that is becoming more and more important on a global scale. We really are the stewards of our planet, and while there are some things that are out of our control, there are a number of ways that we can start moving to a zero waste lifestyle by reducing the day to day waste that comes out of our homes. So, in this video, I take you through 10 simple ways that you can reduce waste today and live a more sustainable lifestyle.

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Anne-Sophie Gill says:

Great advice !! Love these kind of informative videos

Ursula Boyce says:

Where did you buy those cloth napkins

Fayelynn Rofrits says:

Where do you find the kit for razors ?

Catherine Kirby says:

Certified B. Corporation is doing a Great job with kids toys! They are even trying to make the packaging reusable. Even the dyes they use are safer for the planet. Trex has partnered with schools to get parents and children to donate plastic bag material from: grocery bags, newspaper sleeves, cereal bags, water bottle cases, diaper bag casing, toilet paper wrap, etc. to make composite lumber products with it. The kids get to learn about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling in this way, and the school that gives them the most, wins an outdoor bench and table. I wish more companies would use less packaging material. SO often, it feels like overkill just so that people can see the product. What is wrong with simply using a box with pictures and a good description on it? Reviews and dimensions or sizes would also be useful. It would be like buying online. Then, instead of styrofoam "peanuts", how about air pockets for transport? The smaller amount of plastic, as I just said, is totally recyclable, and air is air. Everyone knows that Best Buy takes old electronics and electrical wires to reuse or repurpose. I appreciate that. If you didn't know, now you do. I wish people would open their minds to different types of fish too, because while varieties of edible fish abound in the ocean, most Americans only consume one of about five or so different fish, which are being harvested during their spawning time and are being diminished in response to this. Thanks for the great questions!

22luckygal says:

We have more recycling options in the U.S., going by how many times you overall say something ends up in a landfill.

Top Secret Bear says:

The problem with this thinking is that only a very small number of countries are "developed" and even if every one of the 5 or 10 modern countries completely stopped creating trash the other 200 will only continue to generate WAAAY more than the developed ones. Until the entire world makes this decision, it just plain wont work. Also, paper & cardboard will very easily/quickly break down into compost & there is no reason to worry about putting it in a landfill at all. Plastics & chemicals ARE a problem but once again, just China alone produces and dumps in the oceans 1000s of times more than all the "developed countries" do combined. Industrial plants that turn refuse into energy is a more practical idea. Not many around because they dont make as much money as other plants but that would be the ticket to turn something bad into something good instead.

Kay De says:

It drives me crazy when I receive a product in a container many times larger than the product itself! A prime example is medication or supplements. For example, I often get a good price on 4 bottles of 250 supplements, when I get them I open 2 bottles and dump them into 1, meaning they could put 3 bottles-worth into ONE! Wasteful! The pharmacies are no better.

Stacey Hunt says:

UK viewers, there's a company called Bio D that do cleaning products that are planet friendly. They do your basic 500ml, 1l bottles of stuff, but you can get almost everything in 5l and 15l bottles too. A very small amount goes a VERY long way, too. Their packaging is typically recycled too. They might seem more expensive off the bat, but 1 bottle of hand soap, for example, tends to last well over 1 month in our home, with a messy toddler in nappies and someone with OCD and a germ problem. You need half a pump or less. And with the 5 or 15l refill bottles, it's really really cheap in the end!

Stacey Hunt says:

As a momma that breastfeeds and has a toddler, flexible straws are a must! So we got a bunch of silicone straws. Had them maybe 2 years now, we cut some in half for our VERY clumsy toddler to use. We put them in glass bottles, our bamboo thermoses, and basically any other time we happen to need a straw. I know theoretically they aren't as eco-friendly as bamboo or steel straws, but solid straws just aren't what we need. The fact that we can put the lid on our bottles, then unscrew it to have the straw pop straight out is perfect. And a solid straw would quickly get my mouth impaled, or that of my toddler. We avoid waste as much as we can. Shampoo bars, cloth nappies and wipes and more. But there's ALWAYS room for improvement. Love the video.

Sabine Hammer says:

Reusable produce bags, am I looking for more work… No!
“Safety” razor has been around for almost as long as razors, it’s the razor used before disposable razors came out.

Kristi Ison says:

There is a company called Greenfills that sends you small refill packs of laundry detergent. The initial jug they send says "the last laundry jug you'll ever own." Awesome, right!?

Carla Bizarro says:

Have you heard about Keep Cup? Great for take away beverages

Tina Moore says:

Great ideas!

Heather Mitchell-Adams says:

If you're in Canada, @ Cirlce K (prev Mac's), the jugs you get milk in get reused/recycled, when you return them to the store upon purchasing more. I used to do glass bottles, but now with a family of 5, I would either be buying 8 1L bottles @ a time or constantly going to the store! I get 2 4L jugs when I grocery shop, and take them back to return when I purchase next time. The solutions are there, if we just look for them!

Jeanwrap says:

I'm not sure if Toronto has one but Terra 20 in Ottawa has a huge back wall where they have cleaning products of all kinds that are basically "on tap" to refill. It's very cool! 🙂

bboots says:

Tim Hortons give a discount if you bring your own cup!! It's funny how hard it is to not get straws and napkins, I feel like it's always a long conversation that I don't want a straw

Luke's Mommy says:

One major thing to consider is cloth diapering. It's only one or two more loads of laundry per week, and it has saved us a TON of money – cloth wipes too! Plus, we're saving all that landfill space.. fill diapers, not landfills. There are myths about it, so do some real research before you say "ew."

georgia garden says:

Aldi doesn't give you grocery shopping bags and need to get our own.

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