Many household cleaners contain materials that may be harmful to the environment. For instance, phosphates, found in many cleaners, detergents and soaps, when washed into waterways can cause water blooms of algae and bacteria which can kill fish and aquatic plants. When shopping, look at the labels and make the switch to natural products.
Source reduction, also known as waste prevention, is the practice of eliminating waste before it is created, or essentially, needing less material to get the job done. It comprises the design, manufacture, purchase or use of materials and products to reduce the amount or toxicity of what is thrown away.