Here are a few points for you to start with! 👇🏽
Every single one of us wastes more than we think we do every single day. We waste food, water, even the air we breathe is wasted sometimes. Let’s dive into how we can stop!
1) Use every part of a vegetable, fruit, or meat. Do not throw away the skins, the peels, the stalks, (unless it’s inedible). Watch cooking shows, or search recipes, all the famous chefs are doing it, so you can do it too!
2) Most of us have no time to be cooking all the time, so we end up cooking a ton of food and keeping it in the fridge. If you do this, make sure your food does not go to waste, and finish the left overs or turn it into something else, DON’T WASTE FOOD.
3) Use a plastic –free dish washing dish washing brush or a silicone sponge. They do the same amount of scrubbing as a normal dish washing sponge and they are can be composted. Added to that, they would save you from a ton of germs as well.
4) Avoid the use of plastic bags, and switch to cloth bags. They can be washed and re-used, they decrease the use of plastic, and they are super durable & Eco-friendly. Keep a few in your bag that you carry every day, and in your car. Could save you money as well.
5) Buy your vegetables, fruits, rice, flour, pasta, sugar, salt etc. in bulk and stash them in your kitchen in re-usable containers, boxes and bottles. This would increase your chance in getting organic, fresh ingredients with no chemicals added, plus would save you a lot of space in the kitchen.
6) Razors. Face it we all need razors for obvious reasons, however again plastic becomes a big part of waste here, so the right alternate for this is to use stainless steel razors. Definitely more expensive than plastic, however since it’s re-usable, definitely worth it, and best part the blades can be taken off, and recycled!
7) Bamboo. From straws to toothbrushes, switch it to the ones that are made from bamboo, they are durable and most importantly really good for your teeth. Saves your side of waste through plastic as well.
8) Hair products. We all know they come in big, fat plastic bottles. Please stop! As there is an alternative way- natural shampoo bars. They save plastic waste, plus anything natural is always better for body and hair compared to chemical-infused trash.
9) Use your old clothes, clothes that don’t fit you or that you don’t wear anymore as rags to clean the messes you can’t clean with just water. They are re-usable, you avoid using tissues, resulting in reduction of waste.
10) Serve your meals directly to your plate, this would avoid using too much water to wash your other dishes, would seriously save yourself from the trouble too, because no one likes washing dishes, at least I don’t!
11) Electricity. Bills are going up, plus it is another waste. You want to prevent that too? Switch lights off when it’s not needed or being used, unplug electronic devices when you don’t need them, switch off the fan, A/C when you don’t feel warm, or the heater for that matter when you don’t feel cold.
12) Water. Use the minimum amount of water you can wash your face, body or even dishes. Always keep the tap open to the lowest possible. Learn to love tap water, many would say it isn’t good for you, but I’m sure it isn’t true. I drink from my tap as well, it would decrease the amount of plastic water bottles you buy.
13) Clothes. Re-use your clothes as much as you can. Don’t make it a habit to buy new clothes always, stitch if torn, repair your shoes, watches, bags etc. Saves you from spending too much money and also waste control.
14) Use the washing machine and dishwasher only when it’s full of clothes or dishes respectively. Saves plenty of water, electricity and frankly time, (drying clothes and putting away dishes takes a lot!)
15) Re-use calendars, newspapers and other alternatives of wrapping paper to wrap your wedding and birthday presents. Even wrapping your books for school can be done by using the pages from your magazines or calendars using their nice photographs.
16) Loose tea powder or coffee powder is always recommended more than tea bags. Tea bags are said to be bad for your health as well, so it’s a win- win. Plus it tastes so much better, trust me!
17) Get a compost or recycling bin, avoid the trash can that you use with a shopping bag or a garbage bag. This way you recycle more, plus you reduce your plastic use.
18) Don’t run to the doctor as soon as you get a head ache, your temperature rises a little, or you suffer from a bad stomach ache. Eat honey, make your natural medicines. Using drugs from the drug store, gives you side effects, plus once you are all better you stop using them and throw them away.
19) Avoid purchasing decorations (which are mainly made from plastic or paper). Use the goods from around the house or even the leaves and flowers from your garden and be creative.
20) Use a rack or line dry outside for your clothes instead of a dryer, saves the risk of ruining your clothes, electricity and its frankly better for your clothes to dry out naturally.
21) Avoid diapers from the store, and use cloth napkins. Better air circulation, cheaper, and cleaner for the baby. Your baby will sleep like a baby for sure. Plus avoids the occasional diaper rash, and makes it more comfortable for your lil baby.
22) Same deal with disposable pads or tampons, they can be used only once, and also bad for the environment the ladies as well. Choose to use a menstrual cup, or cloth pads, saves you money, and it’s re-usable.
23) Think before purchasing anything, whether you absolutely need it, can you use something from home itself, or can you live without it. You do not need excess food, clothes or items you don’t use at home.
24) Avoid throwing out as much as you can. Donate, re-use, or sell it for lower price even, because if not for you, there is always someone who would want what you want to throw out!
25) Finally, build a zero waste kit and keep it in the trunk of your car, your work place along with your home. This would avoid you being lazy and making excuses when you need to actually put the above tricks to use.
Global warming, extinction, poverty, all of these problems are huge today, you can change it.
Let me/us know how you get on with any of the above. Good luck on your quest in becoming zero waste at home! 👏🏽