How to have a sustainable lifestyle on the cheap: Waste Reduction Tips

Everyone wants to live in a sustainable lifestyle and reduce their impact on the environment. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth the effort because sustainability is important! In this blog post, we share 11 tips that will help you be more environmentally friendly at home without breaking the bank.

Tip #11 – Use re-usable water bottles

This is an eco-friendly way to avoid buying plastic bottles every time you need a drink of water or iced tea, and it will save money in the long run because reusable items are cheaper than disposable ones! You can find cute designs for these at your local grocery store too. Also it is a good idea to refill your water bottle at home with tap water if safe in your local area.

Tip #10 – Use re-usable grocery bags

Are a great way to save money and help the environment, as long as you remember to bring them with you on your shopping trips! Your wallet will thank you for not paying extra fees at checkout, but also if the number of plastic bags used decreases, that’s better for wildlife too.

Using reusable shopping bags is another way we can reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills–they’re also cheaper for businesses because they won’t need as many plastic bags which cost money and resources to produce.

Reusing old food containers is an easy way to reduce waste in your kitchen without spending anything because who doesn’t have tons of Tupperware from past takeout orders? It’s a good idea to buy glass Tupperware as it is safer than the plastic ones.

Tip #09 – Donate clothes you don’t use anymore

There are lots of ways we can be more sustainable by using less resources: recycling clothes or donating old furniture. Give a new life to your old clothes by donating them to a charity or recycling them. This way, you’ll be reducing the amount of clothes in landfills and helping those who need it most.

Tip #08 – Eat less meat

Eating less meat, or no meat at all has been proven to save millions of gallons of water and tons of greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere each year. I must admit that I didn’t yet went full vegan, I really love meat. So my compromise was to buy only local meat and only to eat once a week. Do the best you can and find what works for you.

Tip #07- Stop using paper towels

One easy way for us Americans is to stop using paper towels when we clean our hands or messes because they end up in landfills after just one use. We should instead invest in dishtowels that can be washed and reused again. They’re so cheap and will last you years!

Tip #06 – Buy less clothes

It’s important not to forget about the impact clothing choices have on our environment. Buying fewer clothes, and buying high quality items that will last as long as possible means we can all do a little less damage to our planet

Tip #05 – Don’t waste food

When we cook at home, it’s important not to leave anything out of the sink after cooking because this will result in more food going into landfills instead of being composted or eaten by animals (or people!).

Tip #04 – Recycle your old electronics

Another way many Americans are able to be sustainable is by recycling their electronics like laptops and televisions when they’re old enough. It seems wasteful but if you think about how much precious resources were used during production–materials like aluminum, copper, gold.

Tip #03 – Buy a recycling bin!

If you don’t have a recycling bin at home, start saving up to buy your own! It’s much easier than carrying recyclables back and forth to work or school.

Tip #02 – Make smaller portions

One way we can all do a better job at being sustainable is wasting less food. At home, try taking smaller portions so that you’re eating what you have left over instead of throwing it away for no reason–throw out only expired items as necessary.

At home, try taking smaller portions so that you’re eating what you have left over instead of throwing it away for no reason–throw out only expired items as necessary.

Tip #01 – Buy local

The most important part of reducing waste starts with our grocery shopping habits. Buying fresh food from local markets means less packaging will be thrown away later on down the line. Simple steps like buying products without excessive amounts of unnecessary extras (like candy boards) are easy ways everyone can help cut back on expenses. By buying local you’re also reducing your carbon foot-print as the goods won’t need transportation.

Start saving now

Have you been looking for ways to be more sustainable at home while also saving money? We have a few tips that should help. First, compost your organic waste instead of throwing it away in the trash. This will save you from buying harsh chemicals to get rid of food scraps and can actually make your garden grow better! Saving money on fertilizer is always good news! Second, think about how much water you are using every day by turning off the tap when brushing teeth or shaving and taking shorter showers with cooler temperatures. By doing these two simple things alone, we estimate that people could save around $30 per month on their utility bills without having to change any other habits. Do this now and start reaping those savings today!


Hi, I'm Sérgio and I'm passionate about saving the environment reducing my carbon footprint and making better choices. Here I will share some tips that I'm learning on my journey of having a way of live that is more sustainable.

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