Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ways to Reduce Your Waste

image courtesy of Wired

Its a new year, and time to clean up our acts, so to speak. One of my goals for a better lifestyle is to reduce the amount of trash I make. The North End has trash collection for residents 3x/week - which is ridiculous considering how tiny all of our apartments are. How can we possibly be creating this much trash?! In solving this problem, here are a few things to consider:

  • Watch your consumption. This one is obvious, but we constantly have to remind ourselves to bring resuable shopping bags, coffee mugs, and other waste-savers.
  • Start composting. 2014 marks the beginning of Boston's food waste ban for businesses, which means composting will become the norm over the next year or so. Join the trend and start your own composting bin and look for collection opportunities with Bootstrap Compost.
  • Take care of your stuff. Learn to sew, be tidy, and use your belongings properly. Even though not everything is meant to last forever, give your belongings the longest life possible.
  • Give up soda, bottled water, and other single-serving beverages.
  • Have a Keurig? Get a reusable filter.
  • Use cloths and rags instead of paper towels and paper napkins.
Any more ideas? Please share!


  1. Yes! I'm planning on writing a couple blogs on this topic in the very near future too to share on at

    One of my suggestions will be cut back on packaged snacks, and buy used (ie: Craigslist) for some items. It cuts back on big packaging.

  2. Awesome! I'll keep an eye out for your posts!