Do you want to live a greener, cleaner, and less wasteful life? Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Start small, reduce paper products in your house starting now. These are some super easy and quick steps anyone can take. November is a great month to start planning a better new year starting in January. The holidays are stressful and busy enough without attempting to start new habits for the whole family. And, the food is too good to be on a diet either, who really passing on Grandma’s mac & cheese?
January’s plan is to waste less paper in the house. Honestly, this is one of the easiest things to do. Start the New Year with a simple plan to waste less.
GREENER HOME GAME PLAN
- Go Paperless for all Bills, electricity, insurance, water, cable, etc.
- Remove yourself from mailing lists, magazines, newsletters, and promotions
- Use all of your old household paper products, paper plates, toilet paper, etc.
- Purchase greener substitutes everyday items on Brandless.com or similar websites.
1. GO PAPERLESS
One of the easiest ways to reduce paper waste is to change all bills to paperless billing. You can set this up very easily through most larger companies’ websites. I mean, how often do you really need a copy of electricity or water bills after payment these days? Almost all cities have a recycling plant or dumpster available; check the elementary school parking lots if your home doesn’t offer it.
2. GET REMOVED FROM ALL MAILING LISTS
All of us get a ton of junk mail every day, most goes straight from the mailbox to the trash can. A simple step is to cancel all of your subscriptions to magazines you no longer buy from or is relevant to your life anymore. Many companies offer email requests, some you may still have to call to get it canceled. Both of these options shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes if you have a current copy of the magazine you’re attempting to cancel (there’s a number the company usually needs on the address label). These days, online shopping is a much better option with thousands of more results available than one monthly magazine can offer.
Also, Check for Paperless options for community newsletters and association magazines you can read online. Eliminating the mail from ever entering the house is key to a greener life. For those magazines and newsletters, you receive and love, then, by all means, keep those.
3. USE EXISTING PAPER PRODUCTS
No one wants to waste their hard-earned money, so use all of your stored paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, napkins, wrapping paper, coffee filters during the holidays. Many of us have extended family over for Thanksgiving and Christmas and who really wants to wash the dishes. This holiday season uses all of I’ve switched from a regular coffee pot to a French Press and I could never go back. This eliminated the paper filter and any harmful cleaning products needed for coffee. Plus, my coffee tastes so much better, being better for the environment was just a bonus.
Also, for your wrapping paper, use all of it stored and replace it with bags this year if you run out. Wrap the kids presents in the leftover paper and use bags for those you know will save and reuse (I get all of my bags at the 99cent store.) Next year, buy a natural alternative to wrapping paper or use the old favorite of newspaper comics!
4. CHOSE GREENER AND TREE FREE PAPER PRODUCTS INSTEAD
There are a surprising number of great new products emerging on the market right now. One of these is Tree-Free paper products, I especially love the bath tissue and paper towels options. Of course, cloth napkins would be the best choice. But this is a nice alternative if you still need paper towels in the kitchen.
There are a ton of great products on Brandless.com makes it easy to understand what you’re really buying and exactly what is in the products. I always order more than I meant to because they offer so many more products every time I visit. But, I still sometimes have to buy toilet paper from the store because I’m out and forgot to order or it hasn’t arrived. Hey, I’m human but at least I’m trying.
Remember, going green doesn’t happen overnight for most of us. We are all human and we like our routines, but sometimes it’s good to mix it up and try something new. Start thinking now about this next year and the kinds of changes you’re looking to make.