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5 Easy Ways To Go Zero Waste

Adopting a zero-waste lifestyle is one of the most beneficial things we can do for the planet. Limiting our waste reduces carbon emissions, lessens ocean pollution, and keeps our air and water clean. However, going zero-waste in 2021 isn't easy but it is simple. In this post, we’re sharing five actionable tips that can help you reduce your waste production.

What is zero waste?

Zero-waste refers to an opposing lifestyle to the consumerist culture commonly seen today. Opposed to throwing things away, zero-waste principles focus on reusing and repurposing, limiting the rubbish sent to landfills.

Start a compost at home

Add discarded food and garden waste to a compost to help it break down. After decomposing, you can feed this nutrient-rich organic material to your plants as a fertilizer. Not only is compost an eco-friendly way to dispose of food, it also helps enhance your garden and greenery.

Purchase products with less packaging

Before making a purchase, consider the packaging of the item you’re buying. Is this amount of cardboard or plastic necessary? If it’s not, you can search for a suitable alternative with less, or no waste. For example, you can exchange your bottle of shower gel for a plastic-free bar.

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Once you start noticing how much packaging your everyday products contain, your drive to become zero waste will increase! Did you know even your tea bags have tiny microplastics in them? It’s true. But don’t worry, you can switch to a variety of flavoursome loose teas and strainer to satisfy those early morning cravings.

 

You can even find a zero-waste store nearby and take your own containers to fill. Usually you can get everything from pantry staples to household cleaning products.

Cut out single-use plastics and use reusable alternatives

The number one way to reduce your waste is by cutting out single-use plastics. In our ultra-instantaneous world, businesses rely on plastic to transport things quickly. Plastic has become a quick and efficient solution to our needs to eat, drink and live on the go. However, by slowing down and cutting out single use plastic we can benefit the planet and take care of ourselves better too.

 

Single use plastic remains for centuries polluting our environment and harming the ecosystem

Instead of eating a ready meal out of a plastic container in the staff room, you can prepare a healthy and nutritious meal the night before and transport it using a reusable lunch box. Similarly, keep yourself hydrated throughout the day by always having a reusable water bottle in your bag. By having the foresight to plan these things, we can dramatically reduce the throw-away packaging we use daily and improve our wellbeing at the same time.

While going shopping, whether it's for daily essentials or anything else always carry reusable bags with you. This not only saves on all those shopping bags that get thrown away after one use but also saves money! There are some beautiful bags available nowadays from canvas, hemp to cotton mesh.

Reusable shopping bags are must have while going shopping!

Purchase repurposed products

When you're buying from a retailer, you can look at the materials and manufacturing that go into their products. If possible, prioritise businesses that use recycled and repurposed materials. For example, a fashion brand that uses recycled plastic is better than those that continue to use new.

Our repurposed coconut bowls are made with repurposed coconut shells that are saved from being burned or thrown in the landfill

Mend rather than throw away old items

As modern-day consumers, our first instinct is to throw away something that's broken. However, often these items can be fixed with a few stitches or transformed into something new. Mending rather than throwing away can help you reduce waste, create something one of a kind, and save money.

If you're ready to limit your rubbish and start living a zero-waste lifestyle, these five tips can help you. Next time you go to make a purchase or throw something away, consider the environmental impact your decision is having and what you can do to improve this.

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