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Practical Parenting Series: How Busy Families Can Cut Household Waste!

10 Top Tips from Chloé Miller, of Rebel Eco!

It’s now more important than ever to do our bit for the environment, and thinking about ways that we can create a greener future for the younger members of our families. 

Taking the step to reduce your household waste does not need to be a drastic change, and is something that you can get started on today!

Thinking about the types of types of products we buy, and how we consume and dispose of them, is a great way to start looking at how we can start to reduce our waste. Plus there’s many more super easy things that you can do, that all add up to making a BIG difference for a greener future.

For our first Practical Parenting Series blog, I am very excited to bring you some seriously simple tips from Chloé Miller, founder of Rebel Eco, who’s built her inspiring business to help families make the simple switch to sustainable living.


A bit of background about Chloé:

Mum of two and lover of dark chocolate (yum), books and all things sustainable; Chloé has made it her mission to educate others on the easy changes they can make at home that can reduce waste and save money too. Sounds great, doesn’t it?!! 

Chloé established her sustainable business, Rebel Eco, after making some small sustainable changes in her own life and realising how easy and fun it was! 

Rebel Eco was originally founded as a marketplace for eco-friendly products. But after some reflection, Chloé decided that she wanted to support families to make the switch to sustainable living by using what they already had. 

Chloé is now doing what she loves best – helping busy families to take action in practical and affordable ways. Through her green living courses and challenges available at Rebel Eco, Chloé aims to show people how easy it is to make changes for a sustainable future!

Now, over to Chloé for her expert tips on reducing household waste for busy families:


1. Compost your food scraps:

Composting saves a huge amount of your daily waste from going to landfill. This is important as food in landfill doesn’t break down properly and releases a very damaging gas called methane. Just collect your organic food waste (no meat) and compost each day. You will notice how little waste is in your bin each week and it feels good!


2. Replace all light globes with LED globes:

LED globes are amazing for a number of reasons. They use less energy, don’t contain any harmful chemicals, can be recycled at special collection points AND last up to 20 years so don’t need to be replaced as often as regular globes.


3. Collect grey water to be reused:

Place tubs or buckets in sinks, shower recesses and/or your bathtub to collect grey water. You can use this on the garden, hand washing, soaking, washing the car etc. When in the shower, collect the cold water as the shower warms up as well as the run-off whilst you are showering. Save bath water and scoop out as needed.


4. Start a food scrap garden:

There are lots of veggies that can regrow from scraps. You can either place the scrap in a glass or bowl of water to sprout before planting (onions, shallots, carrot greens, avocado, celery, bok choy, basil) or by planting directly into soil (tomato, capsicum, cucumber, mushroom, potato).

I love the fact that you can actually use waste to grow fresh food – and it’s so easy!


5. Get your kids used to low-waste play rather than the latest plastic toy or gadget:

When it comes to raising low-waste kids, it really is just about setting the standard early.

I think most parents will attest that new toys don’t get played with for long and most of them are made from plastic.

If you want to get your child a specific toy, see if you can find it secondhand or try low-waste alternatives. These might include board games, getting outdoors, art and craft or playdough.

You can find some more low waste kids ideas here.

child playing playdough


6. Reuse everything you possibly can rather than discarding:

Why not try out using old clothing and socks as rags?

You could also make your own baby wipes from old flannelette pyjamas – now there’s a handy way to save some money!

You can also save glass jars and takeaway containers for storing food, pencils, buttons, use old fence palings in the garden. There are so many ways to reuse things and get more life out of them.


7. Take stock of what is in your fridge before your next shopping trip:

This is a great way to make sure you don’t overbuy when shopping.

I always take out what must be used up that day and make meals from that. I make a lot of roast veggies, but it’s a very tasty way to use up vegetables that are a little past their use by date.


8. DIY:

Making your own household products is a cheap and easy way to avoid chemicals and waste.

So many cleaning products come in plastic packaging which needs to be discarded. Therefore, a great way to reduce waste is to do-it-yourself.

You can learn how to make almost anything you need! There are plenty of household cleaning and beauty products that you can make with natural ingredients including your own food waste. I make a mean face scrub with my leftover coffee grounds!


9. Repair:

If you get into the habit of repairing rather than replacing, you will greatly reduce your waste. This is by simply not throwing everything out and starting again! Plus, it makes so much sense!


10. Buy second hand:

Finding the things you need second hand is an amazing way to cut down on waste at home and on a global scale. You really can find just about anything you need this way!

There is already so much ‘stuff’ out there on the planet that we really don’t need to be making more. Plus, every time you give a home to something second hand, you save it from being thrown away! It’s a win-win!!

You can find all the second hand clothing items you’ll need for your little one at Jumping Jack, and it’s a super easy way to get started on second hand items – Why not check out what’s available on the easy to use online shop?!

Now you are ready to start your low waste journey – thanks for those awesome tips Chloé!


If you would like to join Chloé on her low waste home course, you can find out all about it here. 

Also, you can connect with Chloé via the following links:

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