If you try to examine your family’s way of life, do you think there are certain areas you can improve on, so you can help address the problem we have on pollution and garbage disposal? If you check the stuff that you have at home, are you able to find too many things that you don’t really need?

We are all somewhat guilty of living our lives with too much excess, without even considering that in the process, we are not only depleting our planet’s natural resources, but we are also contributing to the growing problem of garbage disposal. We heavily rely on landfills for waste disposal, but with the volume of garbage that we produce, we need to take steps to at least help in our own ways.

According to the EPA, we produce millions of tons of garbage every year. And with this large volume, paper accounts to majority of the bulk. The other common types of trash are yard trimmings, metals, plastics, food scraps, glass, and other inorganic wastes. With these types of materials comprising most of the things we throw away, there is no doubt that we have been wasting too many things that should have been either recycled or reused.

If you really don’t know where to start, it may be best to determine the recycling programs available in your area. Choose the program that you find convenient, and try to get everyone in the family involved. Help your kids adapt the habit of segregating waste materials, so that you can limit the amount of garbage you are throwing away.

In purchasing goods, choose the items that have the least unnecessary packaging. A product’s packaging may be specifically designed to ensure freshness or quality, but there are instances when the packaging is intended to attract buyers. Keep in mind that a large volume of household wastes are due to packaging materials.

Before you decide to purchase an item, think in advance about how you can recycle the container or the packaging. And in terms of reducing waste due to packaging, consider the size when buying. If your family uses a particular item frequently, it may be wise to purchase large or economy-sized items.

Carefully choose the items that you need to purchase for your home. While disposables offer convenience, these may only increase the volume of garbage. Use dishcloths, cloth napkins, and other items that can be washed. These reusable items don’t only allow you to save money, but they also help conserve our natural resources. Prefer products that come in refillable containers over single-use ones.

It is also important to always consider the durability of the product. Read reports and consider purchasing a product with a warranty. You also need to consider the product’s record in terms of customer satisfaction, and breakdown rate. Products that don’t last long will only contribute to the garbage build-up. Before discarding a broken appliance or gadget, check first whether it can still be fixed. Keep in mind that the way you purchase products can contribute, to the waste that you can generate in your home.

It is also equally important that you make recycling convenient in your home. Otherwise it would be harder for members of your family to follow suit. Place bins or containers at different areas in your house, where your family can conveniently put things that can be recycled.

Aside from recycling at home, it is also important that you support products using recycled materials. Recycling involves the use of recyclable materials to process new ones. And for this process to succeed, these materials have to be purchased and used. You can support recycling programs by choosing products with recycled content.

A good principle to live by is to think before you discard an item. Old books and clothes can be donated instead of being thrown away. With a little creativity and ingenuity, you can make useful things out of items of no use. During these challenging times when our planet is plagued by a myriad of problems, we have to work as one to tackle these global issues. If we can work together towards a collective goal, nothing is impossible.