Whether you are looking to contribute to the Circular Economy Movement, or just trying to free money in your budget, the best place to start is at home.  In an article From Living Circular a four part plan of action is layed out in ultimate simplicity.

 

  1. Reduce: Try to cut out single use items; plastic bags, sanitation wipes, K-cups.  Figure out which foods you are throwing away the most and find a way to reduce that food waste.  For instance, When my banana's (or any other produce) turn brown, I peel them and freeze them (excellent for baking and smoothies). Making larger portions of food you enjoy regularly and freezing it in separated bags (laid out flat) are excellent ways to reduce food waste as well. Make your own cleaning supplies, you'd be amazed how cheap it is. White Vinegar costs about $2 for a huge jug cleans almost everything and it's 50/50 split with purified water, the huge jug will probably last you 3 -4 spray bottles worth of cleaning solution.  I use it for dusting, kids toys and electronics.  Chlorine Free Bleach, is about $3, you only need 1oz to a full size spray bottle to kill bacteria so that $3 will last you quite a while and your house won't smell like bleach. Wash out some of your used cleaning supply bottles thoroughly and reuse them for your new cleaners. 

  2. Reuse: Donating your unwanted things is the way to go.  There are plenty of people happy to have what you no longer need. Repair what you can, more and more Repair Cafe's are popping up, repair your shoes, smart phones, whatever you can.  You'll save money and feel good about it too. Recycle your plastic, glass, cans, paper and compost your green waste. 

  3. Responsible Consumption: Purchasing Environmentally Friendly products.  Purchasing only when you need something. Eating; locally grown, in season, sustainable, fair trade, and reduced packaging food products. Collaborative Consumption; sharing big ticket items with you neighbors, like a drill etc.

  4. Saving Energy by Generating and Recovering: This may be simple for some and not for others.  Collecting rainwater, solar panels, wind turbines, etc.  All great ways to save on energy and use less.