Starting the journey to a zero waste lifestyle can be daunting, but with a little planning and some basic ideas, you can save thousands of trash items from landfills, reduce your plastic exposure, improve your homes air quality and reduce your environmental exposure to toxins in the home.
Check out these tips to help you begin your journey to zero waste:
Do you have a collection of plastic bags and storage containers, straws, plastic utensils, napkins and paper towels? Use them up and over time replace these items by:
Start saving your glass food jars and buy in bulk
By saving and cleaning your glass pasta, jam and pickle jars and re-using them to store food, spices and grains you’re not only saving money on buying new storage containers, you’re saying no to plastic.
If your area does not have curb-side recycling you can create a system of your own to do so. With these tips you can make the task of recycling a bit easier
Reduce your food waste
Uneaten leftovers and spoiled produce gets thrown away every day. There are ways to reduce your food waste and save a lot of money in the process and with a little meal planning, you can do just that.
Try this to get started:
Buy/ sell second-hand or wear sustainable apparel
Being conscientious of how/ wear you purchase your apparel can reduce your clothing waste.
Creating your own non-toxic personal care products, or purchasing from a local artisan with re-fillable options is a great way to not only reduce your toxic load that conventional products have in their ingredients, but also reduces your packaging waste! The alternative to making your own, would be finding a local maker who has non-toxic personal care products but also offers refills using your own containers.
Here are some recipes for making your own basic self care products.
With these tips, you can slowly convert your buying habits to zero waste and save a lot of money along the way!