Updated: Aug 30, 2020
Hmmm. How can I start living a zero-waste lifestyle? I wonder that everyday but it seems almost impossible to imagine. So many toys, food containers, cans, boxes, bags, clothes, bottles and just endless amounts of stuff we don't think twice about tossing it away into the trash. But.. what if we didn't? What if we found a way to create the least amount of waste possible? Well, the stuff you have already can't be helped. The difference can be made by purchasing items with eco-friendly packaging, or something that is biodegradable or reusable. Anything that is one use only is going to pile up in the garbage.
Ways to cut down on your everyday garbage:
Always bring your handy dandy reusable shopping bags with you to stores (Leave a plethora in the trunk of your car).
If at all possible replace diapers, pads, and sanitary needs with reusable/washable options.
Carry reusable straws and cutlery with you instead of using the plastic ones that are provided at most fast food establishments.
Steer away from bottled shampoos and conditioners and try to replace them with eco-friendly soap bars.
Switch out your phone case for a biodegradable or wooden case.
Use kitchenware made from bamboo (plates, cutlery, cooking utensils..) because bamboo grows so fast that it is a very sustainable material.
Find crafts to do with the kids using any boxes, toilet paper cardboard or other packaging.
Donate anything that is in good shape. "One person's garbage is another's treasure. Or, you could even sell toys kids don't play with anymore. Hey, someone is always looking to get a deal.
A big way to stop your garbage from piling is to stop using plastic wrap, zip-locks and tossables. There are great alternatives; beeswax paper, reusable silicone zip-lock bags and biodegradable containers.
There are some products we use everyday that we just don't realize can be replaced easily with something biodegradable; there are bamboo toothbrushes and biodegradable floss, natural deodorants in reusable containers, erasable notebooks for school and work, and many many more.
It comes down to once again, just being an earth conscious shopper and not giving into the impulses and convenience of throw away products.
Thanks for reading, and the Earth thanks you as well!