28 Dec Our Top 10 Zero Waste Tips
The idea of a zero waste lifestyle is appealing to many, but can seem daunting. The ‘zero’ part can make it feel like an all or nothing pursuit. But it’s important to remember that zero waste living is a journey. Start small and build over time.
In this post, we share our top 10 zero waste tips to help you get started towards living more consciously. In our busy lives it’s hard to be completely zero waste. But the ideas we share make living plastic and waste free that little bit easier.
1. Reusing those tins and things
‘Reuse’ is one of the big ‘R’s of zero waste living. Before you throw out an item, ask yourself whether you can reuse or repurpose it. Upcycling is a fantastic way of bringing a new sustainable life to old bits and bobs.
We gave this tin a new lease of life as a toothbrush holder. You can be as creative as you like with whatever you have to hand.
2. Growing your own
Growing your own fruit and vegetables carries a whole multitude of benefits. Reduce the amount of packaging you use and reduce your carbon footprint as a result. Save money by becoming more self-sufficient with your very own fruit and veg market. Plus, you cannot beat the excitement and satisfaction of seeing the literal fruits of your labour.
If you have some green space to use then that’s great. But you don’t need a garden to be able to grow your own. For example, these watercress sprouts were grown inside. They are very resilient plants which don’t need too much attention.
3. DIY recipes
If you have the time, there is a whole host of DIY recipes online. From natural home cleaning ideas to zero waste beauty products and much more. For example, 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 often mass produced.
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. You can buy loose, typically locally grown fruit and veg, and put these produce bags to good use.
These bags are great because they can easily fit in your bag and they 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. However, we’ve found 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 steps towards a zero waste lifestyle is becoming conscious of the daily habits we have which aren’t sustainable. Journaling is a fantastic way of identifying these habits.
7. Ditch the junk mail
Junk mail is not only irritating, it is also incredibly wasteful. You can register to receive less junk mail via the Mailing Preference Service.
It’s quick to do and will save both you and the postie a lot of time! Oh, and you’ll be helping to save the planet too. It’s a win-win for everyone.
8. Reusable water bottles
Get into the habit of packing a full reusable water bottle whenever you leave the house. Forgetting to do so is often what results in purchasing a plastic bottle of water when you’re on the go.
Treat yourself to a beautiful, high quality reusable water bottle and you’ll want to carry it with you everywhere you go.
9. Get Composting
Composting is great for the environment and makes zero waste living a whole lot easier. Plus, you don’t need to have a garden or other outdoor space.
There are a number of ways to compost indoors. From taking food scraps to a local community garden to bins designed for composting. You just need to find a compost system that works for you and your space.
There is something inherently satisfying about a big old declutter of your home. Donate any unwanted items to a local charity shop and think about what you can repurpose for other uses.
With a clear space at home, you will likely feel more motivated to retain that decluttered feeling with a zero waste lifestyle.
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