Reducing your waste is about freeing yourself from debt, clutter, and stress. Reducing waste starts with buying less. It's easy. Thinking about your purchases before you make them makes you smart – not stingy.

Buying less is good for so much more than just your bank account! Overall, buying less reduces your waste, but check out these other reasons why you should consider buying less.

  • Save money
  • Empowering
  • Cleaner house
  • Display what you value most
  • More time
  • Example for children
  • Increased resourcefulness
  • Think beyond short-term
  • Own higher quality items

Whether you need to reduce what you buy, or get rid of things, there are many ways to reduce your waste.

  • Think before you buy
  • Don’t buy on impulse
  • Buy experiences rather than things
  • Plan meals in advance
  • Budget
  • Overcome emotional shopping
  • Buy for the long-term
  • Use a shopping list
  • Buy only what you need

Not convinced to cut down on spending and reduce the amount of waste you contribute? These facts may change your mind.

  • The average American owns 3.5 credit cards and $15,799 in credit card debt… totaling consumer debt of $2.43 trillion in the USA alone.
  • Nearly 50 percent of all produce is thrown away – a staggering 60 million tons annually.
  • The population of the United States discards 11.9 million tons of clothing, shoes and textiles per year.
  • In 2013, Americans produced 254 million tons of trash – about 4.4 pounds per day, per person.