28 Dec Our Top Six Zero Waste Tips
In this blog post we have chosen some of our favourite tips from our Instagram page this year (2017) for trying to live more consciously and which encourage a zero waste home and lifestyle. In our busy lives it is hard to be completely zero waste but these ideas make living plastic-free that little bit easier.
1. Reusing those tins and things
There are lots of things which we throw away which can be up-cycled into sustainable ‘masterpieces’. We gave this tin a new lease of life as a toothbrush holder and you can be as creative as you like with whatever you have to hand.
2. Growing your own
Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a nice way of saving some money and also reducing the amount of packaging you use and your carbon footprint. If you have some green space to use then that is great but you don’t have to have a garden to be able to grow your own. These watercress sprouts were grown inside and they are very resilient plants and don’t need too much attention.
3. DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe
If you have the time there is a whole host of DIY recipes online for a whole manner of things including natural home cleaning ideas, zero waste beauty products and much more. Here we made our own dry shampoo using two simple ingredients, arrowroot powder and cocoa powder. Making your own products is a fun way of reducing your demand for convenience products which typically use plastic and are mass produced. You can check out the whole recipe on our Instagram page.
4. Good old produce bags
Step into any supermarket nowadays and the rows of fresh vegetables wrapped in plastic is ridiculous. Local grocery stores are a great alternative as you can buy loose, typically locally grown fruit and veg, and put these produce bags to good use. The good thing about them is that they can easily fit in your bag and keep the produce fresh.
5. Jar Heaven
Jars are an essential accessory for any zero waste home. With the rise of zero waste grocery shopping like the Bulk Market in London, you can now go with your jars and fill them up to the brim. The jars keep the food fresh and you can easily see how much food you have so you end up reducing your food waste too.
Having a journal may not seem like a direct way of living in an eco-friendly way. We’ve found, however, that journaling is a good way of keeping a record of what we have done and also what we plan to do next. One of the key things about being zero waste is becoming conscious of the daily habits we have which aren’t sustainable and journaling is a good way of identifying these habits.
If you would like to keep up to date with our latest zero waste tips you can check out our Instagram page here.