Zero waste to me is three words: reduce, reuse, recycle – in that order!!
I learned about the “Zero Waste” lifestyle this month & have become so inspired that I wanted to share my findings!! I originally happened upon the Trash is or Tossers blog which then led me to the Zero Waste Home. These are both great resources to learn more about zero waste.
I tend to want to buy new items that are non plastic and not as harmful, but I am realizing that even that contributes to waste if you’re just tossing perfectly good things that you can reuse! Zero waste is about recycling less, not more!
Here are some ways I have implemented zero waste this month (some I was already doing!):
- Decorate with live plants – they clean the air & minimize plastic use!
- Homemade lotion & beauty products
- Second-hand shopping & Freecycle – pick up or donate to a home that you know will use your product!
- Sharing a small car with my husband & not driving “just to drive”
- Using vinegar & other bulk cleaners
- Cloth diapers & wipes & washing full loads
- Cold showers – originally did this since it’s helpful to the metabolism!
- Reusable lunch sacks
- Declining straws at restaurants – they aren’t even recyclable!
- Reusable grocery bags & mason jars for restaurant takeout – styrofoam isn’t recyclable
- Trying not to buy plastic unless it’s second-hand
- Reusable garbage pail liners
- Making Sunny dresses from my old clothes
- Cotton napkins, handkerchiefs (no tissues), menstrual pads, & menstrual cup
- Electronic or borrowed books
- Durable shoes
- Being an overall minimalist
- Bulk castille soap for hair, body, hands, dishes etc.
- Bar soap without packaging
- Shop local
- Little-to-no makeup
- Minimize or eliminate paper towels
- Unbleached toilet paper
- Getting over the smell of the thrift store haha!
- No Amazon, impulse buying, & be patient!!!
- Bulk shopping
- Digital planner
- Minimize eating out
- Minimize processed & packaged foods
- Minimal furniture & storage areas – the more storage areas, the more clutter!
- Used or homemade gifts & gift wrap
- Minimal kitchen – long-lasting cookware & only necessary dinnerware
- My calligraphy work!!! Haha most of the things I make are to be thrown away so don’t know about this one….
I hope I have given you some useful ideas & maybe try to do one of these this month & see how it goes! This lifestyle change has been so satisfying & I am beginning to feel much more content with what I have.
Thanks for reading!