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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5 Easy Steps to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Did you know, that the top 10 producers of carbon dioxide in the US are all electric companies? In 2013 the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,908 kilowatt hours (kWh) according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Incase you aren’t an energy specialist, I’ll break that down for you. It takes about 1.05 lbs of coal to produce 1 kWh of power and there are about 115,610,216 homes in America. That means there is more than 1 trillion lbs of coal being burned in the US in just one year. The worst part of burning all that coal is that 90% of the energy produced is lost before it even reaches your home. So for every time you save 0.10 kWh of electricity you’re actually saving an entire pound of coal. So what can we do to save more energy?

The good news is that it’s actually quite easy to make your home more energy efficient because more than 20% of the energy used in homes is wasted. That 20% is created by lights being left on in empty rooms or heating and cooling an empty house. Therefore, those are the first two of my 5 steps to being more energy efficient.

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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

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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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