Do you want to lead a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle? Living zero waste is one of the best ways to do that! This blog post takes an in-depth look at what it means to live zero waste, as well as how and why you might want to start. You can learn about all sorts of tips for living zero waste, such as reducing your food consumption, shopping secondhand or even using reusable products like cloth diapers rather than disposable ones. If you’re ready to take the next step towards sustainability while saving money, this article will help guide you on your journey!
What does zero waste lifestyle mean?
There are a few different ways to measure the size of your carbon footprint. One way is by calculating how much trash you produce in an average day, week or month. Living zero waste means that as little as possible ends up being thrown away! People who live this lifestyle try their best not to consume anything that can’t be composted or can’t be reused. This may sound very hard at first but in this article, we will explain how to transition towards a zero waste lifestyle step by step!
Why is it important to reduce your waste?
A lot of the trash that we produce gets dumped into rivers, lakes and oceans. Plastic is one of the main pollutants in our water because it breaks down slowly over a long period of time. This means that plastic can be found all around us! Every year about eight million metric tons (that’s 23 pounds per person) end up in the ocean alone. These plastics have been responsible for killing countless marine animals who mistakenly eat them or get entangled with them such as whales, dolphins and seals to name only a few. At least 267 species are known to have suffered from entanglement or ingestion so far – that number is expected to grow rapidly due to ballooning human population levels on this planet and continued wild growth rates in consumption across developing countries.
Zero waste tips
In the following lines, we will cover some easy steps that you can take to transition to a zero waste living as well as turning your home into a zero waste home.
Zero Waste living
Reduce the number of plastic bags, straws, and coffee cups you use
Use reusable bags such as hemp, organic cotton material, or canvas to go grocery shopping instead of plastic bags.
Refuse plastic straws and ask for a reusable straw instead of using plastic straws. There are quite a few options for reusable straws such as straws made from glass, wood or metal. It is possible that plastic straws will be banned in some places as a response to environmental concerns anyway.
Bring your own coffee cup instead of using a disposable one. There are also many reusable glass and ceramic cups to choose from that you can take with you on the go.
Recycle as much as possible – don’t just throw things away.
Recycling is one of the most important things in a Zero Waste lifestyle. The term recycling means we are recycling material to make new products. Recycling is important because it can help lower the amount of waste we produce and it also conserves energy – recycling paper saves around 95% of water, recycling cans saves 65%, recycling glass saves 50%.
1. Start by sorting your recycling into bins – glass, paper, plastic
2. Recycle old clothes and shoes to donate or sell them at a consignment store
3. Sell used electronics such as cell phones and laptops on eBay or Craigslist
4. Buy secondhand furniture for your home instead of new items from big box stores
5. Swap out any light bulbs in your home with LED lights to save energy and money
6. Use natural cleaning products that don’t harm the environment when you clean up around the house
Avoid buying products that come in packaging or have a lot of excess materials
Packaging has a massive contribution to environmental pollution. For example, the average American consumes 16 pounds of packaging per year. Packaging that is not recycled will make its way to a landfill or incinerator where it will cause significant air and water pollution due to toxic chemicals.
To avoid waste from packing you should bring your own container to buy food. For example, instead of buying products in plastic packaging you can bring your reusable cloth bag and go to stores where they sell the products loose or buy items with less packaging – like fresh fruit instead of canned fruits.
Also take your own reusable containers to restaurants for take-out food and drinks so they can fill them up without using any extra plastic containers for you.
Zero Waste Home
A zero waste home is one where any item that comes in and out of the house, whether food or otherwise, doesn’t result in landfill. It requires an elimination of what’s called “waste”. The act of considering all materials as valuable resources–not trash. And it promotes being mindful about everything we use so that we can reduce our waste and carbon footprint.
To make your home zero waste , first you need to assess what products, materials and items are coming in or going out of the house. Here is a list for assessing your home’s waste:
-Do you have any food packaging that isn’t recyclable?
-What about disposable cups, plates and utensils?
-What type of cleaning do use in your home?
-Do you use any air fresheners?
-What type of products do you put in your trash cans or recycling bins, such as paper towels and wet wipes?
If there are items that aren’t recyclable coming into the house–such as a styrofoam cup or plastic straw–try to avoid those items and try to get in the habit of using reusable items instead.
Zero waste living is not a lifestyle for everyone. It can be hard, but it’s totally worth it if you care about our planet and the future generations. You don’t need to make everything perfect; If we all care just a little bit more, that’s already a big step! Let us know about your zero waste journey in the comments below or over on Facebook/Instagram. We are always happy to help with tips and ideas so please feel free to get in touch!