5 easy ways to reduce household waste

*A collaborative post 

One of the main bug bears in my home is the amount of waste we produce. Everything has a shelf life and unfortunately there’s only so many times you can use something without it ending up being no longer fit for purpose. Food can go off quickly if not consumed, trends come and go, clothes and toys can be outgrown and unless you’re hot on the de-cluttering, the waste piles up and can be stashed away in cupboards for a rainy day.


Over the last six months, with a lack of space and an urge to take back control of the clutter that is littering my home (and clogging up my mind space), I’ve been making some small changes to help contribute to reducing our household waste.

Five ways to reduce household waste

  • Donate or sell on – Once clothes have been outgrown or the fashion trends of the month have passed, bag up all your clothes, handbags, shoes and accessories and donate them to your local charity. There’s always a need for good quality garments and the saying “one mans trash is another mans treasure.” If you don’t want to just give something away for nothing, selling unwanted items on the internet is a good place to start.
  • Reuse and refill – Lots of the products we buy from the supermarkets are often stored in reusable containers so why buy additional containers when you can wash and reuse one instead. Coffee can be bought in packets that you refill your coffee jars with. Tin cans can be washed and used for planting flowers in the garden, yoghurt pots can be reused for your children’s latest school project and the last two slices of bread can be re-wrapped in the bread packaging to take in to work tomorrow.
  • Separate your waste and recycle it – Many councils offer different initiatives but here in the Sandwell borough of the West Midlands, all households have been given a brown bin for food waste as well as a green bin for recycling. Where possible, make it part of your daily routine to separate the waste after meal times and you’ll help contribute to the recycling initiatives in your own community.
  • Bin it – Responsibly, obviously! In our kitchen and in other main rooms in our home, we have a waste bin and have been teaching Olly over the last few years to dispose of his rubbish rather than leave a trail of mess for me or his Daddy to pick. Brabantia are my go to brand for household waste bins. They’re not only super stylish and can effortlessly fit in with any colour scheme in the home but Brabantia are super conscious about responsibility for the environment which is something we should all get on board with. Brabantia already use 25% recycled materials in their products and packaging and are committed to designing products with recyclability into all their products.
  • Buy in bulk – It may sound crazy if you’re trying to reduce the amount of things in your home but buying in bulk will result in less packaging and less waste overall. Usually buying in bulk will help you save money too!

How do you keep the waste in your household to a minimum? What tips would you add to the list above? I’d love to hear them.

Emma Shilton

Emma Shilton, is a UK Family Lifestyle blogger from the West Midlands, UK, Emma is Mummy to two boys; Olly, (born February 2013) who loves Lego, cars and old cartoons and Freddie, (born January 2018) who loves noisy toys and making a mess. The blog follows their adventures as they capture everyday life, family travels and adventures.

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  1. John
    05/06/2017 / 10:25 am

    These are so smart and useful ideas! I’ve recently decided to try reducing the waste I produce and it seems like I’ll handle with all this. Your tips gave me some great ideas to try.

  2. 05/06/2017 / 11:02 am

    Fabulous post – reducing household waste is something we are really trying to achieve at home too! x

  3. 05/06/2017 / 2:33 pm

    Buying in bulk is a good idea, I hadn’t thought of that as a way of reducing waste. Love those Brabantia bins!

  4. Linda
    22/06/2017 / 1:51 pm

    Thanks for the tips! Sadly, I have no tips in return… I do not reuse things unless maybe some jars or bottles that make clutter in a wardrobe :(

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