How to Start a Low Waste Lifestyle

The American population makes up only about 5 percent of the world’s population. But we produce 30 percent of the world’s garbage.

Why do we make so much trash?

I’ve realized that most of us do not even think about our trash. We shove it into our trash bins and ship it off where it is out of sight and out of mind. We don’t consider how wasteful our country is because we aren’t faced with the sight of our trash.

The thing about all this waste is…it’s not even hard to make less. When we aren’t thinking about how much trash we are making, we also aren’t thinking about what it would be like to make less. Sure, it’s easy to put a sandwich in a ziploc bag, but is it that much harder to put it in a container and wash the container later?

Living a low-waste lifestyle comes with some sacrifices, but overall it is much simpler than I thought it would be. I’ve broken the transition process into a simple 5 step plan to help you get started on your own low waste lifestyle.

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5 Low-Waste Hobbies That Are Good For the Environment

An important part of living a low-waste lifestyle is having low-waste hobbies. The more time you spend doing things that are naturally low-waste, the easier the lifestyle will be for you.

Here is a list of some fun past times that are not only low-waste, but are good for the environment in other ways as well.

If you are unsure or nervous about getting involved in a new hobby, don’t worry, all these hobbies are easier to get started in than you think. 

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Things That Are Worse For the Environment Than You Think

Even though this blog focuses on waste, it’s important to keep your environmental impact as a whole in perspective. You might think that you have this whole “low-impact” lifestyle thing figured out, but some of your everyday behaviors have more of an impact that you think. These 5 things don’t sound bad for the environment, but they can really add up. It’s important to remember that just because something doesn’t sound bad for the environment, doesn’t mean that it is not.

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5 Easiest Ways to Reduce Waste

Because we live in a world that makes waste such a low priority, being conscious about reducing your waste requires you to change behaviors in almost every facet of your life. Some of these changes are difficult, taking time and effort. But a lot of behaviors are really easy.

The thing about waste is that we care about it so little…we put a trash can in every room in our home and toss stuff in them all day without even thinking about it. But the alternatives don’t even require much more effort. It’s just that when throwing away trash is so easy, you don’t even consider how easy it is to not throw it away.

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You Should Know: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

It’s hard to say exactly what made me decide to start trying to live a low-waste lifestyle, but I have to say, learning that there is an immeasurable amount of plastic called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch floating in our ocean was a huge influence. I think everyone should know about the GPGP and how a low-waste lifestyle is the solution to the problem.

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4 Reasons You Should Be Cutting Down on Waste


Reducing your waste is not just about being a tree hugging hippie who takes drastic measures in life to impact the environment. There are a lot of benefits that come from reducing waste that make the effort totally worth it. If you practice a low-waste lifestyle, you might start to feel that the environmental impact is just an added bonus to a lifestyle that benefits you in huge ways.

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10 Wasteless Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

With cards, envelopes, wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper, ribbon, and tape, gifts can create a lot of waste. Here are 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas that create little to no waste that you should try giving to Mom this year. After all, Mother Nature should be celebrated today too, shouldn’t she?

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How to Pack a Zero-Waste Lunch

The average school-aged child produces 67 pounds of waste per school year just from their lunch alone. The solution is pretty simple… zero-waste lunches. They are easy to create and are more affordable over time than the typical packed or school bought lunches.

Here are some tips on items you should include and items you should avoid in your child’s lunch along with other tips to cut down on lunch waste and tips for zero-waste adult lunches.

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8 Ways to Waste Less When Grocery Shopping

In my opinion, zero waste grocery shopping is one of the most difficult aspects of living a zero waste lifestyle. Almost everything comes in packaging. We use tons of plastic bags, clip paper coupons, and get receipts down to the floor at the end of our visit. And this isn’t even the worst of the waste. Most grocery store waste comes from the food that we throw out at home from over buying and the food that the stores throw out to keep us customers happy.

This is one of the main reasons my focus with WasteLessThinking is a less wasteful lifestyle, rather than a waste free one. It’s also the reason why it is so important to cut down on grocery store waste where we can. Here are 8 simple tips to cutting down on waste when grocery shopping.

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