Going Zero waste has been a big thing recently and to be honest I am not surprised. It is so important that we reduce our waste dramatically to change how it is affecting our planet in some not so good ways. Across the world we are facing potential waste crisis affecting our financial and social impact, it is affecting our landfill space, we are using too energy that we could possibly save and we are producing an unsafe future.
I have been interested in the zero waste lifestyle for so long now and before I decided to give the zero waste thing a go, I took a lot of time to educate myself, reading lots of books and research so I knew exactly what to expect and know exactly what to do and what exactly to buy. My favourite book was ‘A Zero Waste Life’ by Anita Vandyke.
When I first started adapting to a zero waste lifestyle, I worried a lot about different things such as, I need to get rid of everything first and I need to change everything overnight which is completely and utterly false.
Here are a few little messages in case you are worrying like I did at first.
- You do not have to go zero waste overnight.
- Going zero waste will take a little bit of time, don’t try and do everything all at once and do not beat yourself up about not doing it fast enough and accidentally choosing something that isn’t fully zero waste.
- You do not have to spend a fortune on items that are ‘zero waste’.
- Do not get rid of everything you already own to go zero waste. Just use all of it up first.
- You do not have to do this journey alone. There are so many blogs, YouTube videos and resources out there to help you successfully take steps in your zero waste journey.
Here, I will discuss some ways I went zero waste in certain areas of my life.
- I stopped buying plastic bags and used cotton tote bags.
- I started using a reusable coffee cup when travelling instead of using takeout disposable ones.
- I use my own containers when preparing food.
- I buy beauty products that are sold without any kind of packaging such as soap, shampoo & conditioner bars. Although recently, I am having a real issue with my hair when using shampoo bars so I may have to soon switch to refillable liquid shampoo in a sustainable bottle, but we’ll see.
- If I buy beauty products in packaging, I make sure it is a sustainable material and reuse it such as glass, bamboo or stainless steel.
- I started to make my own homemade beauty recipes.
- When I go fruit and vegetable shopping, I pick lose items and store them in my reusable mesh bags.
- I stopped having takeaways so often. If I wanted to eat food from a store, I try and dine in to reduce takeaway boxes.
- I meal plan, so I do not waste food.
- When I can, I buy in bulk.
- I am very conscious of what I buy or when someone is offering me something. If I love it and know I will use it I will say yes. If I am unsure or I don’t like it, I will say no so that later it wont just be chucked away.
- I switched letters in the mail to paperless so I now get them through email.
- I use a reusable water bottle and don’t leave the house without it.
- I donate or sell everything I can.
- If I cannot sell or donate old clothing, I will make rags out of it.
- I swapped my plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush as well as having an electric toothbrush.
- I swapped most plastic products for bamboo or metal ones such as, hairbrushes, toothbrushes, kitchen utensils, cutlery, straws etc.
- This one is hard, but I try and buy food with minimal packaging.
- I try to spend more money on experiences rather than things.
- I try and save energy and money by turning the tap off when brushing my teeth, turning lights off when i’m not using them, put on a jumper or blanket rather than put on the heating (obviously depending how cold it is).
I believe there are so many more ways you can go zero waste or just in fact reduce your waste. I do have more to share so I may possibly do some more posts on this but here are the main ways I have changed my lifestyle. I also believe that you don’t not have to change every way possible to go zero waste; it is just about all of us making a small step that will have a huge impact on our planet and environment to make it more sustainable.
What are some ways you could go zero waste? What would be the first thing you would change?