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Here's a list of ideas for your zero waste / sustainable journey. I hope this helps! As a preface:

Dirt
  • Some cities have free dirt pickup, as part of their composting program. Take advantage of this nutrient-rich soil that supports a circular system.
  • Try backyard composting, such as a turnable one with a handle or a worm composter. If composting pet feces, have an entirely separate compost pile for your edible garden scraps.
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Grass
  • Forego grass and plant low-maintenance, low-water plants that naturally thrive in your area. Depending on the rules where you live, in many places you can turn your front yard into an edible garden. It's a more efficient use of space and water.
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Lawn mower
  • If your yard can be easily managed with a push mower, they are very eco-friendly since they don't require gas or electric to operate.
  • Try to minimize grassy areas, instead prioritizing low maintenance landscaping.
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Leaf blowers
  • Gas-powered blowers create terrible air quality and run on fossil fuels. Opt for an electric one if you really need it; otherwise, use a rake.
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Plant containers
  • Return unwanted plastic plant containers to the nursery where they can be reused.
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Plants
  • Opt for native plants that thrive with your climate.
  • Try drought tolerant plants that require less water.
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Sand
  • Seek out garden centers that sell it in bulk.
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Tools
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Water
  • Invest in a rain barrel which can be set up under a rain gutter to catch rainwater. This water can be used to water your garden.
  • Invest in a greywater system which can route household water into your garden. With this type of system, you'll need to be careful about the soaps and cleaners you use; they have to be greywater compatible (many are, if you're already using more "natural" products). Check your local ordinances to confirm it's allowable.
  • Invest in an irrigation system with a rainwater sensor.
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