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Waste Management - 11 Tips and Tricks to Throwing Away Less

Wouldn’t it be nice to spend less on garbage bags?

Or not having to remind a certain someone to take out the trash every.single.f***

Or maybe you’re just wanting to know how to reduce waste to lower your carbon footprint.

In any case - we’re about to give you 11 tips and tricks on how to reduce waste!

#1 Use a Reusable Cup or Water Bottle

Reducing Waste by using reusable cupsI feel like we’ve been drilling this into your head over the last few blogs, but it’s worth repeating.

And we probably will at least once more.

When anyone asks me how to reduce waste without really impacting their convenience or day - this is it.

Your local coffee shop will likely accommodate your Klean Kanteen and may even give you a discount for bringing your own cup!

#2 Use Reusable Grocery Bags

Reduce waste by using reusable grocery bagsThis trick on how to reduce waste works inside and outside of grocery stores!

If you’re running to any store, bring your own tote bags!

Some stores offer a discount if you bring your own, or if you’re like me in California you’ll skip the bag tax.

There are sooooo many different prints available that you’ll be sure to find the right bag for you.

Hey, if we’re reducing waste I still want it to look cute!

I’m guilty of using reusable grocery bags as a purse. I mean, they’re roomy and lightweight. Why not?

#3 Compost

Composting is a great way to put items back into the earthIf you aren’t already composting, then a good chunk of your trash is likely coming from food scraps.

Unfortunately, when our leftovers end up in the landfill, they don’t decay properly.

This causes them to produce methane, a greenhouse gas this is why many have been resorting to composting when looking for tricks on how to reduce waste.

If you’re in a highrise without a garden or green space to compost, check to see if there is a community composting site in your area.

#4 Avoid Single-Use Products

Avoiding single use products, such as paper, is a great way to cut down on wasteThis is the no-brainer of this blog.

How to reduce waste? Don’t buy things that are wasteful! Duh. Right?

This is one of the scariest things to people new on the sustainable journey.

How much is this going to inconvenience me?

Start small here. Seriously.

Replace ONE disposable product you use regularly with a sustainable product once every few months.

By the end of the year, you may be well on your way to reducing your waste by over half!

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#5 Drink Loose Leaf Tea

Loose leaf tea cuts down on waste significantly for only mild inconveniences.

We do a lot of chai here. And I mean a LOT.

My husband indulges in chai every morning for breakfast.

While tea bags are convenient and mean that I’m not later cleaning out a strainer- there’s quite a lot of waste.

The actual tea bag, the bag that the bag was in, the box or container, AND the tamper evidence shrink wrapping.


Loose leaf tea cuts down on waste significantly for only mild inconveniences.

#6 Reduce your Packaging

Buying in bulk is a great way to reduce unnecessary packaging waste

Go back to fifth trick on how to reduce waste for a second.

Think about all that packaging for some tea bags. Now apply that to every single item that you bring into your home.

Scary, huh?

I find a good chunk of my waste are attributed to grocery shopping days and on days where I have a looooot of amazon or fluff mail coming in.

No, I’m not going to stop buying fluff, but we can all be more conscious of how many orders we’re placing.

Try to place larger orders, buy in bulk, and use the prime day option!!

#7 Buy Second Hand

Buying second hand to reduce waste


My cheap soul just loves it.

It’s environmentally friendly, CHEAP, and you never know what you’re going to find.

How does this reduce waste?

For starters most everything there is already packaging-free, but if you’re thrifting or purchasing second hand you’re likely also donating.

Go you, waste saver!

#8 FIFO - First in First Out

First in First Out with groceries to avoid wasting food products

I’m reliving my fast food working days.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of learning about FIFO it’s a restaurant term but is easily applied to your home and it's an amazing way you can learn when studying how to reduce waste!

When unpacking groceries, move the older foods to the front and the new stuff to the back.

This will not only prevent clutter but will reduce if not eliminate expired food from your fridge and pantry that ends up in the trash.

#9 Switch to Paperless

Going paperless, with products such as marley's monsers unpaper towels, helps reduce waste because they can be reused

How to reduce waste without even thinking about it?

Email receipt, paper receipt, or both? Always choose email if you can help it!

I wonder how many receipts that just end up in the bottom of our purse are printed each day?

How often do we actually need them - especially since many stores now track that anyhow through our loyalty number?

Don’t forget about paperless billing too!

#10 Say No to Squeeze

Reduce use of squeeze packaging

It’s okay- go squeeze your loved ones, but skip those disposable squeeze pouches.

I know. I KNOW that pouch is uber super convenient and your kids love them, but making the switch to reusable silicone squeezies will reduce your waste - and your grocery bill.

#11 Make a List

Make a grocery list on your phone to avoid paper and food waste

And do it on your phone - we’re talking about how to reduce waste here.

Anytime you’re running to the store don’t leave without taking inventory of your fridge and pantry.

Then write it down in your favorite memo or grocery list app.

This way, you’re (hopefully) not purchasing things you don’t need, but also ensuring that you don’t have to run back to Target for that salt you’ve been needing for the last three weeks, but keep forking forgetting.

Conclusion - 11 Tips and Tricks to Throwing Away Less

Reusable Tote Bags by Smart Bottoms to reduce wasteWe make countless decisions every day.

Some of them have major impacts on the planet while others leave smaller footprints.

On average - we produce 4.4 pounds of trash PER DAY.

While we continue to cloth diaper it’s important to translate to other facets of our lives.

You can reduce your waste easily with the array of sustainable products offered at Nicki’s.

One of my personal favorites is the Smart Bottoms Reusable Tote Bags.

These tote bags are great for groceries, yes but they are also stylish, durable, and don’t have the grocery bag look.

Click HERE to check out the latest prints and reduce your grocery bag waste today!