Has anyone actually achieved zero waste living?
That’s a good question, and one that I have done a bit of research on.
Firstly, there are some good blogs and resources to take a look at:
Another young lady who has made some quite good inroads into creating a zero waste lifestyle for herself is Kathryn Kellogg, who is pictured here holding the amount of her waste that went to landfill in one year.
Yes, it’s pretty remarkable how little she wastes..!
So, what are some of the most popular / important pieces to achieve zero waste living? Here is a list of the most important areas to focus on:
Ask yourself why you want to achieve a zero waste lifestyle. This is going to be important when times get tough, and you can’t cope with the difficulties of planning the consumption of zero waste products.
The easiest place to start moving towards zero waste living is to replace ‘single use items’. These come in the form of plastic utensils, cleaning products and food packaging - so start searching for sustainable alternatives for these products.
Reuse often. There are usually many items around the house that you can already use to contribute to achieving a zero waste lifestyle. A good example is a glass jar - which can be reused to store dry food, leftovers, or even flowers. If you start to have too many glass jars within the home, that’s a sign you are buying too much - and not reusing enough.
Start composting. Food waste is one of the worst offenders in terms of recycling. Why? Because as soon as you stop recycling your food waste - it contaminates your general waste, which often means ALL of your waste ends up in landfill. It’s critical you keep your food waste separate, and the best way to do this is to compost. So, when you have leftovers from a meal - place your leftovers into a jar, and if you don’t have a yard, put it into your freezer until you have enough to take to your local scrap drop off location. If you do have a yard, invest in a tumbler - super easy to use and turns your food into nice dense compost.
Last, but certainly not least, we have becoming a part of community.
Achieving zero waste living is difficult, because it’s just so much more convenient to go and buy single use products. That’s where having an engaged community of ‘zero wasters’ helps a lot.
If you are ever out of ideas for a sustainable product substitute, or you aren’t quite sure whether a certain product is environmentally friendly or not - you can ask a question to the community and get answers any time.
I think this forum is a good place to communicate with other people on this matter, but there are also other Facebook groups and blogs that can help. Google is your friend here, that’s for sure!
Here are a few further examples of great communities and sites to check out:
Best of luck on the journey, and I hope you found this to be useful! 🙂