Have you been wondering how to do your little bit toward the environment? Now you can go eco-friendly in simple ways. A zero-waste lifestyle aims to reduce garbage and incorporate all ‘waste’ into nature. This directly reduces the load in landfills filling up fast with toxic waste. Keep reading to find out the 106 best zero waste lifestyle tips & products to save the landfills.
What is a zero-waste lifestyle?
Ideally, there is no waste in nature. Since humans created materials like plastic, it has become incredibly difficult to incorporate them back into nature. But a zero-waste lifestyle aims to do the impossible by reducing toxic waste by reusing and upcycling products. It puts them back into the cycle of resources until the optimum level of consumption is reached.
This reduces waste and pollution, but it also reduces the costs of raw materials. By adopting the zero-waste lifestyle, you can secure a future with more resources and greener earth for future generations. This article will be a perfect guide to getting started on this journey.
How to get started with a zero-waste lifestyle?
Start your journey by learning the principles of the zero waste movement online and take small steps towards the big move. You can begin by learning to reuse house products and use plastic bags. Carry a jute bag to the grocery store, or start a compost pile. It will take time to unlearn the habits of a lifetime, so be patient with yourself and ease into the process. Take a look at the following tips to learn more.
1. Use stores near you.
Find a zero waste organic store near you. This is a great way to start shopping organic and meet others from the zero waste community! Meeting individuals on the same journey as you can guide you to become better at what may seem like a daunting task at first.
You can also find plenty of zero-waste stores online. If you’re shopping offline, remember to take your bag and containers when you go!
2. The silent environment killer: Your toothpaste and toothbrush
Did you know that about 1 billion tons of toxic waste are only composed of toothpaste packaging each year? You can significantly lower this statistic by not only replacing your plastic toothbrush with a wooden one. Swap for a toothpaste brand that you can refill in compostable pouches!
These brands typically sell toothpaste that doesn’t include fluoride in the ingredients. This is because long-term exposure and fluoride consumption can be harmful to your body and the environment. Fluoride leftover in plastic tubes can interfere with plant growth and yield when absorbed through groundwater in landfills.
With a simple step of changing your morning routine products, you could be helping to protect the yield of flora and fauna.
3. Wash away wasteful habits with eco-friendly laundry detergent
You could be thinking, how is the innocent act of washing clothes depleting our marine life? Most laundry detergents are made with phosphates and surfactants. While phosphates directly cause marine life to die, surfactants lower the surface tension of water in aquatic bodies. This eventually depletes marine life, directly and indirectly. It reduces the mucus coating on the bodies of fish, making them more vulnerable to parasites and bacteria.
It’s important to use a detergent that does not contain unnatural substances like artificial fragrances and dyes. Colorants should come in plastic-free packaging. Popular brands include Ethique and Ecos. Other good ones are Dropps and Tru Earth. Make sure also to check out Meliora.
ECOS is a brand with which we have a great experience, so check them out for yourself.
4. Ditch dangerous deodorants
Some of the most innocent-looking and sweetest smelling products produce the most dangerous volatile organic compounds. They are antiperspirants and spray deodorants. You are directly injecting pollutants into the atmosphere that heavily harm the ozone with each spray.
We know it’s hard to ditch the deodorants, especially if you want to keep away the B.O. That’s why you can opt for zero waste and completely organic deodorants. They are naturally scented with ingredients from the lap of nature, but they also come in smart plastic-free packaging. Popular brands include Bai-Li deodorant. Fat and the Moon deodorant cream is another option. Check out the Meow Meow Tweet deodorant sticks as well.
5. Makeup brands striving to make the world greener
The ugly side of the beauty industry is filled with harmful chemicals that are breaking our planet’s back. The unchecked use of palm oil in cosmetics is causing massive deforestation. Microbeads and microplastic are landing in oceans and killing marine life. Tourists wearing sunscreens that contain chemicals like avobenzone are directly depleting coral reefs.
And let’s not forget the plastic waste that will end up clogging our landfills – 120 billion units of plastic packaging annually. That number includes all the lipsticks and hand cream products you owned in only one year. Makeup remover and face wash are other problematic products. Imagine the plastic waste generated by a single individual in one lifetime, and it’ll cause you to shiver.
That’s why the move to makeup brands that are zero waste and organic is healthy for you and the planet.
If you’re following the zero-waste lifestyle, the first step is to use what you currently own and only restock when needed. You can also use the natural ingredient to create your makeup, for instance, blush from beetroot juice.
But if you must buy, go for brands like River Organics and Zao organic makeup. Other great brands include ATHR beauty and Clean-Faced Cosmetics. Axiology is 100% vegan and cruelty-free while using plastic-free packaging and incorporating ethically-sourced mica.
6. Shampoo and Conditioners that make nature feel cute too
All those stacked-up bottles on your bathroom shelf will end up someplace – the landfill sites. Plastic takes approximately one thousand years to decompose. The worst part is that this plastic will absorb toxins from its environment, polluting the natural cycle. Any poor furry animal consuming this polluted soil will be severely affected.
To make matters worse, it’s not just the bad packaging for the earth. It’s also the stuff inside. The cleaning agents in most shampoos are sulfates. They may give you a squeaky clean scalp but can cause rashes and cancer. Eye damage is just another symptom, and it all ends up in our rivers and oceans.
Dimethicone is the substance in conditioners that creates a plastic-like layer on your hair, making it feel soft and smooth. But when this non-degradable chemical goes down the drain, it clogs and clutters our oceans. It makes our marine life choke.
That’s why environment-conscious users switch to better alternatives. These contain truly natural substances and come in bio-degradable packaging. For example, EcoRoots shampoo rounds are made from natural ingredients like lemon peels and coconut oils and come in bright. It comes in fun packaging that is plastic-free and made from natural colorants from flowers. Butter Me Up organics also features cruelty-free and plastic-free products. They make sulfate-free shampoos that look and smell good. They even have a range of baby shampoos so that the whole family can go zero-waste!
Other popular organic and plastic-free shampoo brands include Plaine Products and Andreas Organic Market. Battle Green and Ethique are other shampoo brands to look into.
7. Groom yourself with sustainable razors
Ladies, think back on those quick shaves before a spontaneous party. Gents, it’s probably impossible to count the razors you’ve used in this lifetime. Now let this fact sink in. 2.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide is released daily into the air for every ton of disposable razors produced. Disposable razors contribute to 80% of marine wastage. 2 billion razors will be thrown away each year in the United States with no hope of being recycled. Municipal recycling programs do not accept sharp objects made of combined materials. So, do we stop shaving altogether to save the earth?
Safety razors are making a comeback, and they are the best alternative for disposable ones. Safety razors are double-edged and made of steel or chrome to last for several years. Some municipalities recycle the disposable blades used in these razors, so it’s a win-win for all.
Oui Shave produces safety razors for women, while Bevel and Bombay Shaving Company are brands making safety razors for men. Leaf Shave makes it easy to recycle blades as you can mail them back to the company in a tin box and let them finish the job.
8. Go all out with Zero-waste chicken feeders
You’re probably having difficulty keeping up with the mess if you’ve got chicken to raise and feed. But you can keep away the mess and the rats. There are great zero-waste chicken feeders that you can make yourself. Materials like PVC and wood are good options to upcycle into a wonderful chicken feeder. Use Tupperware bins00, as well as metal and rubber. There are plenty of simple DIY tutorials online to guide your feeder’s building.
9. Dish soaps that keep both your dishes and the planet clean
Dish soaps are notably one of the easiest switches you can make on your zero waste journey. It only involves crossing out previous dish soaps in your shopping list and adding non-toxic ones. The best non-toxic and completely eco-friendly soap brands include Etee and No Tox Life. For soap, also check out Castile soap and Meliora.
10. Switch to natural Sunscreens
It’s not a surprise that beach lovers head to their favorite sunny spot whenever summer comes around. Their sunscreens often end up in the ocean or landfills. This waste of sunscreen bottles alone comes out to a whopping 4000-6000 tons of plastic. When swimmers end up in the ocean, the chemicals in their sunscreen damage our coral reefs. That’s why conscious users are making the switch to natural biodegradable options like ByRobin Creations. It’s a completely vegan and no wastage brand. Empire Squid is another plastic-free range of sunblock and after sun spray. Herbal Chest and Raw Elements are some other no wastage and non-toxic brands you can check out. Finally, check out All Good and Bee You Organics for your solar needs.
11. Gift ideas and wrapping in a sustainable manner
When it comes to the holiday season, new community members might have a harder time paying to give and wrapping gifts. We suggest sustainable gift ideas and wrapping like a scrapbook made out of old photos and materials you have lying around. The wrapping can be done in a potato chip bag and newspaper. Get creative with magazines and maps and the spare string you have lying around. You can also buy and gift any products of the no-waste brands we’ve listed in this article.
12. Mascara that’s bold and biodegradable
Beauty products can be difficult to let go of, especially when you’ve got favorites. But don’t worry. Other brands like Zao Organic Volume mascara and Elate Essential Mascara is cruelty-free and palm-oil-free. BeeYou Organics and Endlessly Beautiful are ethically sourced options with non-plastic packaging. Dirty Hippie Cosmetics may have an unusual name, but they make some great mascara for this list. Get ready in style without harming the environment any longer!
13. Skincare brands that make the earth smile
If you hear people still not switching to green brands in their skincare, it’s not true. So many brands have recently come up with ethically sourced goods and completely eco-conscious packaging. It makes you wonder why you didn’t switch earlier. If you’re worried about the quality, these products are tried and tested by several zero-waste influencers. They’re rated A for awesome. Dew Mighty and Blue Heron Botanicals are some of the best non-wasting brands in skincare. Osea and Marla Rene deserve to be highlighted, as does Activist.
14. Earth-Cleansing Handsoap
Since the pandemic, people have opted for the most effective handsoaps to stay safe and sanitized. But long before the pandemic, the earth has already been suffocating with tons of landfill trash. Blueland and Method are refillable handsoap brands that encourage plastic-free and safe handsoaps. Three Main Dishes and Clean Cult are companies making great handsoap. Plaine Products is another. Feel good about it when you wash your hands.
15. Pamper your pout with sustainable Lip balms
We quickly use empty lip balm containers. It’s tough to imagine these tiny bottles causing disastrous results for the planet. With thousands of years before they decompose, it’s likely your seemingly harmless lip balm will outlive several generations. That’s why you should switch to organic brands like Eco people and Freewhilin’ Market. They have no-plastic packaging and fresh, natural ingredients to keep that pout healthy.
16. Envirosafe Body washes that make you glow
Your bath time includes several plastic products that can be replaced with more conscious options. The body washes Plus comes in dissolvable packaging, or you can opt for refillable alternatives like Plaine and Public Goods. Attitude also makes a great body wash, deserving of making it on here.
17. Natural Makeup to accentuate your looks
Makeup that makes you look great on your night out or just for everyday office touch-ups can now be plastic-free. It’s not just the plastic but the preservatives and chemicals you’ll be letting go of with this switch. Nudi Goods and Axiology are some no waste good makeup brands we can swear by. Otherwise, you will want to look into Neek Skin Organics and Dirty Hippie for your makeup needs.
18. Hydrate your skin with an organic face moisturizer
These luscious ingredients like aloe vera and jojoba will hit the add-to-cart button fast. Grapeseed extract and pink rose clay are among the ingredients, too. And the fact that they are palm oil-free and cruelty-free is an added plus. Indulge in a creamy soft skin with Meow Meow Tweet or Raw Elements. Other notable brands include Empire Squid’s organic face moisturizers for an eco-conscious skincare routine.
19. Save the earth with dissolvable Shampoo Bars
There’s a reason we’ve got a separate category for these smart products. Not only do they use less water and last twice as long, but they also have a smaller carbon footprint on the planet. So you’ll be saving both the planet and some extra bucks!
Morrisons and KinKind are some shampoo bars you can stock up on without feeling guilty. We also want to highlight Beauty Kitchen and Ethique. Check out Ethique’s product below. We love it!
20. Paper towel swaps
One of the easiest to look over in your kitchen is the paper towel you instinctively reach out for. It’s just natural to do after doing the dishes or washing your hands in the kitchen. But if you’re going zero waste, you can reach out for Not Paper Towels by Well Earth Goods. Look into Three BlueBirds, which sells reusable cotton towels and gives back to the planet through their profits.
21. Avoid fast fashion Clothing
It’s difficult to let go of the unsaid, never-show-up-in-the-same-outfit rule. You can’t ignore that approximately 60% of consumers throw away their clothes within the first year of buying. This amounts to 18.6 million tonnes of clothing trash in the landfill. By 2050, this figure will rise to 150 million if we don’t change our ways now. One of those many ways mean upcycling your clothes into new ones in innovative ways. Turn those jeans into shorts, or let that skirt become a tablecloth or wall hanging after some nifty crafting.
If you can’t afford the time to upcycle yourself, you can check the brand’s Christy Dawn and Green Market Vintage. Anian and Mud Jeans are also great for sustainable shopping. Pantee is a circular fashion brand that reworks old t-shirts into bras and underwear.
22. Curly hair products that won’t make the landfills rollover
Curly-haired women are likely to spend much more on hair products than other women. Going on zero waste products could be even more of a challenge for them. But luckily, brands like Simple Planet and Plaine Products are making strides. Together with Dr. Bronner, they are making a step to change that with their range of plastic-free and naturally curly hair products.
23. Earth-friendly Makeup Remover
Create the makeup remover that saves you on plastic waste with equal water and safflower oil. Add witch hazel to it. You can remove makeup from other popular things with hemp seed oil or coconut oil. Or you skip on the remover entirely and opt for the double cleansing option that’s trending these days.
24. Stock up easily with no-waste online stores
There’s a quick fix if you think all of the DIY is getting to you. Zero waste brands have gone online, and now you can shop right on your couch and get products at your doorstep. Regardless of whether you’re in San Diego or San Francisco, there’s a way. Are you in Brooklyn or New York? We’ve got you covered. Whether you want kitchen products or reusable menstrual cups, online stores help bring these earthy goods home. The Zero Waste Store is a well-known online store. Other alternatives include Well Earth Goods and Etee. Make sure to check out Earth Hero and Zero Market.
25. Trade your Sponge
You’re probably wondering what’s wrong with sponges? Even though disposable sponges last long, they still leave microplastic residues with each use that ends up in the option. Their plastic packaging is also a major issue for landfills. You can use alternatives that last unbelievably longer than disposable sponges. They can even prove to be more effective. Swedish dishcloths from Tare’s Market or Eco sponge are easy options you order online. Otherwise, get yours from Two Acre Farm and Marley’s Monsters.
26. Cat litter
It’s probably much easier to raise zero waste pets than convincing your neighbor to go eco-friendly. Our furry friends don’t understand plastic anyway. One of the ways you can do this is by finishing up the clay litter and never buying it again. Use non-GMO grass seed or recycled newspaper and pine instead. You can bring in this greener option by BecoThings when your current tray gets too scratched up by your cat.
27. Sip soothing and eco-conscious Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea lovers can’t get enough of their favorite cuppa. That’s probably why they might have a tough time letting go of old habits when switching to greener options. But a little change of taste is a small price to pay for the planet’s longevity. These brands of coffee and tea. They will quickly make you forget your old brands with their great taste and even greater initiative for the planet. Pukka and Yogi are great brands for tea lovers. We also love Arbor Teas. For coffee lovers, a French press and a drip coffee machine produce some of the least amounts of waste.
28. Zero-waste cookbooks and recipes
One of the skills you’ll have to pick up on quickly on your sustainable journey is zero-waste cooking. And that’s where cookbooks and recipes can come in handy with simple instructions and ingredients. The Zero-waste cookbook and the Zero Waste Chef are some guides to help you. You can make delicious green dishes for yourself and your loved ones. They also make for great gift ideas.
29. Choose clean water and clean earth with plastic-free water filters
Clean water is a basic necessity and even a privilege that not everyone worldwide has access to. If you’re one of the lucky ones to have a running tap, the least you can do is switch to a plastic-free water filter. Do your bit towards the earth. Big Berkey and PUR bring you some great options, so you have to hit the buy button and do your bit. ZeroWater also creates a filter you won’t feel bad about!
30. Beautiful and clean eyeliners
Eyeliner counts as essential for most ladies. Not only can you create heart eyes, but also grow wildflowers with eyeliner like Sprout world. Aether Beauty and Kjaer Wais Elate cosmetics are other brands you can swear by. They can help create a great winged or goth look while being eco-conscious. They ship everywhere from Arizona to Los Angeles.
31. Responsibly dispose with these trash bags
Now you’re going to be generating some amount of waste, no matter how hard you try to go zero-waste. But you don’t have to feel guilty with biodegradable trash bags. Use plant-based bags and compost bags to take out the trash. It doesn’t end up decomposing in a thousand years, even when it does land in a landfill. After consulting your local trash collector truck, you can even skip the liner to go plastic-free.
32. Facial cleanser that makes the oceans smile
Microbeads in many regular cleansers can clog up the ocean while microplastic pollutes the land. Plaine Products and WithSimplicity are some of the best ways to refresh your face and avoid letting toxins into the water. Ethique facial cleansers and soap bars are other good products. If you’re enthusiastic about skincare, create your DIY soap for skipping the plastic packaging and delivery waiting time.
33. Get started easily with zero-waste subscription boxes
Now you don’t have to feel like you’re all alone on this journey! Sustainable Home and Kiwi Eco are subscription boxes that deliver goodies incorporated around the house. Earth Love is just another brand that will ease you into a sustainable lifestyle with its subscription box. Each box contains something for different house parts and comes in biodegradable packaging.
34. Set an example for your little ones with zero-waste school supplies
Whether it’s plantable pencils or metal sharpeners, you can teach your kids about sustainability with these school supplies. Michael Roger Inc makes all types of sustainable stationery, from decomposition books to greeting cards. Now that’ll make your little one smile with glee!
35. Educate yourself and others with these Documentaries.
It can be difficult and overwhelming to understand all about sustainability at once. An even tougher challenge is to make your family and friends understand your passion project. A simple way to do this is to make them watch documentaries that quite literally show them the waste humans have created. While this is no rom-com like sleepless in Seattle, it’ll still have you hooked. Some amazing choices are Plastic Paradise and The Clean Bin Project. “Eat it” and “Blue Planet II” are also documentaries to consider.
36. Get a sparkling smile with earth-friendly dental floss.
Switch up your PFC- coated floss for something more natural since your old one is more dangerous than you think. Not only is that Teflon-coated string causing the most greenhouse gas emissions, but it’s also putting toxins in your body. These toxins can cause birth defects and cancer. Dementia is another side effect. You can opt for tooth powder or Water pik-ing your teeth over flossing, which are all just as hygienic alternatives. But if you still love your dental floss routine, opt for Eco Roots and Etee. Dental Lace “Original” is another great floss that’s better for you. Take it up a notch with this Bambaw glass floss dispenser.
37. Store responsibly with plastic-free Food storage boxes
Think again if you think Tupperware is the only way to go when storing your leftover Christmas pie. You can go for glass jars or even stainless steel containers. Stashable Bags from Earthhero are also great plastic-free options that are transparent and let you see what’s inside.
38. Books to wrap your head around the zero waste concept
A good read is more than just entertaining. It can be life-saving and earth-cleansing too! Get to know more with books like “How to Give Up Plastic” and “Live Green.” “Bare Necessities” and “(I’m)Perfectly Zero Waste” are also books to put on your list. You’ll be surprised and extremely informed on how to lead a better lifestyle by the end of these books!
39. Clean your home and the planet with zero-wastage cleaning products
This step may seem difficult to incorporate into your zero-waste journey. Still, it becomes easy when you find the right brands. The problem with your conventional cleaning products isn’t just the plastic waste. It’s also the harsh toxic chemicals, including volatile organic compounds. They can end up choking our waterways and atmosphere with smog.
US companies are not legally bound to disclose their ingredients. Shopping for truly green and eco-friendly products is tough. But here are the words that should stand out for zero-waste community members. Biodegradable and eco-friendly.
Dropps is one such brand with minimal plastic packaging and plant-derived ingredients. They don’t make our aquatic buddies feel nauseous. PurHome is also a cruelty-free, completely natural option. It’s even biodegradable. Grove Collaborative and Earthhero are other options you can try out. However, ECOS makes our absolute favorite all-purpose cleaner.
You can use some tips to ease into this difficult but rewarding lifestyle initially.
40. Ditch your plastic bags for a jute bag.
41. Let go of disposable products for cloth versions like cloth napkins or hand towels instead of tissue paper.
42. Put paper waste into the recycle bin.
43. RReuseoutgrown and out-of-fashion clothes for other things around the house. They can be used for things like a dusting cloth or a mop. Upcycle products into another fashionable piece of clothing!
44. Avoid food waste by only cooking the portion you need and leaving leftovers for compost.
Other Simple Zero waste swaps
You can try out these simple swaps to create a more earth-friendly home.
- Ask for no straw when you go for a drink outside with your friends.
- Stock up on handkerchiefs and carry them instead of tissues.
- These silicone cupcake liners will easily replace your paper and plastic ones for a guilt-free baking session.
- Keep a cup at the office. 500 billion disposable cups are produced annually, and most can’t be recycled since they’re lined with plastic.
- Baby waste is a whole new ball game that you can avoid with these smart cloth diapers.
- Step away from the Tupperware and paper bags with these metal tiffins to take your lunch to the office.
- Make your own trendy face mask with old clothes.
- Buy these natural and organic loofahs instead of plastic ones.
- Ask for a ceramic cup at the coffee shop instead of a paper one if you plan to sit and sip.
- Place a sticker on your mailbox to avoid junk mail and save paper!
- Don’t throw out clothes when they’re torn or a little loose. Instead, find a tailor who’ll do the repair work for a minimum fee.
- Ditch Q-tips for this reusable tool to clean your ears.
- Join a carpool or use public transport to save up on gas and money.
- For the ladies, opt for a zero-waste period with period panties!
- Start your own little herb garden to avoid runs to the market and never run out!
- Begin composting in your very own backyard.
- A cobbler can do up old shoes that are a little frayed but look good to look as good as new.
- Start walking or cycling to work for a good exercise session and no wastage of gas or money.
- Do a clothing swap with your friends for a sustainable style makeover.
- Use menstrual cups and cloth pads to avoid the plastic waste of a regular pad. Each pad uses the plastic of four plastic bags.
- Try to recycle less and not more. That’s the true spirit of zero-waste.
- Use a reusable strainer with loose leaf tea to save on the waste of teabags.
- Change up notebooks for scrap paper when you’re brainstorming.
- Pay and receive bills online instead of receiving paper mail.
- Keep a metal bucket in the shower to stock extra water to water the plants.
- Never run the dishwasher or washing machine at half capacity when you can wait and do a full load.
- Use this amazing invention of dryer balls that save dryer time and money and support minorities in Nepal.
- Make your makeup with flowers and fruits!
- Make your bleach and cleaning products at home and reuse your plastic spray bottles!
- Use this bamboo hairbrush when your old one wears out.
- Opt for natural bug repellants when traveling and trekking in mosquito-prone areas.
- Long-haired peeps can now order organic hair ties online.
- Use recycled toilet paper or install a bid attachment.
- Opt for a wooden or metal toilet brush.
- Use silicone baking mats instead of aluminum foil.
- Coffee-lovers! Use reusable K-cups for coffee instead of regular ones.
- Get a charcoal water stick instead of a plastic filter.
- Carry a reusable water bottle instead of buying one when you’re out.
- Opt for a latex-free eraser when choosing office supplies.
- Order judiciously to avoid returns and exchanges when shopping online.
- If you’re worried about staining your teeth, opt for a reusable straw.
- Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones.
- Use cold water when you can.
- Save up on the water with a bucket bath instead of a shower.
- Avoid receipts when out until you need one.
- Use a vegan wax wrap instead of cling foil to keep food fresh.
- Take your bag or trolley bag to grocery stores and the farmers’ market and stock up on fresh produce for the whole week.
- Use a cutting board made of bamboo or wood instead of plastic.
- When hosting a party, use recycled paper cups or bring trendy glass cups for drinks that you can reuse.
- Make your mouthwash with a little DIY tutorial online.
- Feed your food scraps to stray animals.
- Learn to freeze your food so it can last longer in the fridge.
- Use a meal plan to avoid overshopping of produce and reduce food wastage.
- Plan a fun crafts day a month where the kids turn some waste into usable goods with their friends.
- Use heat only when you have to. Wear sweaters indoors instead!
- Invest in solar power panels.
- Join a library to reduce the wastage of paper. Share and donate books instead!
- Donate unused items and clothes to stores.
- Make your face mask with ingredients in the kitchen.
- Use these reusable makeup remover pads.
- Invest in a kindle to avoid paper books.
- Buy something only when you need it.
With growing environmental concerns, a zero-waste lifestyle is precisely the way of living you need to take up. So, here are a few steps to get you started on the zero waste journey:
How do I start a zero-waste lifestyle?
- Before diving into the lifestyle, write down what you wish to achieve through this lifestyle.
You may want to bring about long-term changes in your wasteful habits. Reduce the consumption of products that lead to environmental damage.
- List down the areas of your life with more significant waste.
If you prefer ease over effort, you may order takeout every day. In this case, your food habits lead to piles of plastic and cardboard containers. Therefore, it’s best to highlight the problem areas to find a more directed solution.
- Look for zero waste alternatives to your wasteful habits.
Instead of ordering takeout every day, you may want to start preparing meals at home. At the very least, you can limit the takeout to once a week.
- Keep a record of how much waste you produce.
The best way to get started is journaling every time you purchase a product that comes in the traditional single-use plastic wrapping.
- Pay closer attention to reducing waste.
Instead of shopping for pre-packaged vegetables and meats, visit your local farmer’s market and butcher shop.
- Change your route.
Give up your regular shopping spots for more local and eco-friendly businesses that cater to your exact needs. Additionally, it helps to give up single-use plastic bottles and bags for multipurpose thermos bottles and tote bags.
- Take up gardening and foraging.
Most of the waste produced in a domestic setting comes from the kitchen. So if you switch to growing your vegetables and herbs, you can save a large portion of plastic packaging.
- Remember the three Rs – Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.
Here are the 5 principles of zero waste:
1) Refuse – This principle discusses the importance of only incorporating the necessary elements into your life. It focuses on refusing your irrational desires and prioritizing your needs.
2) Reduce – The principle aims at limiting your wasteful spending. It also teaches to prioritize quality over quantity.
3) Reuse – This principle aims at reducing the use of single-use products. Investing in a multipurpose product that can be reused over the years is crucial to the cause of zero waste.
4) Rot – The principle promotes composting, where you simply return organic matter back into the soil. It dramatically reduces the need for plastic bags for disposal and even helps lower landfill waste.
5) Recycle – The last principle focuses on correcting your wrongs. Where you’ve already purchased plastic packaging, it’s best to recycle it after use. Recycling might not be the best tool for a zero-waste lifestyle, but it helps eliminate waste.
Any practice that focuses on reducing the use of single-use products that aren’t decomposable is good. Help improve the environment’s overall health aligns with the zero waste ideals. However, a few practices could help you understand zero waste a little better.
Carry tote bags instead of using single-use plastic bags.
Use a reusable water bottle.
Support local, eco-friendly businesses.
Take up composting.
Use a reusable metal straw.
Replace paper napkins with cloth rags.
Zero waste is a way of life that focuses on conserving resources through reasonable consumption to produce little to no waste.
How does zero-waste help the environment?
Zero waste helps conserve resources by reducing the demand. It limits the use of resources to a need-basis instead of wasteful spending. It also reduces pollution by dramatically lowering the waste returned to the soil and water. On a broader scale, zero waste improves social understanding and closes the gap between the privileged and the needy.
That’s it, folks!
With our full list of 106 tips and tricks, you can change your whole lifestyle into a sustainable one. Always remember to do a patch test when trying out new products. If you’ve got any more tricks up your sleeve, let us know!