So you have heard a bit about zero-waste, you want to give it a shot, but you have no idea where to begin! Bathroom, bedroom, groceries, simplifying, decluttering, composting?!
It can all be a bit overwhelming…but I am here to help. Here are 5 easy swaps to get your feet wet in the world of zero-wasting:
1. Glass Waterbottles v. plastic- The first switch I ever made was ditching the plastic waterbottles, and buying a cute glass one to take with me everywhere. It is really convenient, because I can fill it up anywhere, and I never have to stop to get something to drink.
2. Reusable bags v. plastic- Reusable bags are something that people tend to forget to take with them, I always keep my sturdy canvas tote on the door handle to my room (making it easy to grab on my way out). You can also keep one in your glove box in your car, or on your coat hook inside the front door. The more you get used to having it with you, the easier it is to remember to bring it every time you go shopping. Once you have a regular reusable bag down, then you can always go one step further and take bags for produce or bulk items as well 🙂
3. Bamboo toothbrush v. plastic- The average person throws away 3-4 toothbrushes a year, switching to bamboo is easy, and it is compostable. For a recipe for home-made toothpaste click here.
4. Cloth rags v. paper towels- swap out those disposable towels for some sturdy cloth rags, easily washable, and readily available (just cut up a few old bath towels, you know, the ones that are over 5 years old and have had better days).
5. Hankies v. tissues- This one grosses people out for some reason, but our grandparents used them all the time….hankies! You can buy a package of cotton ones, borrow some from your grandfather, or cut up an old cotton shirt to make your own. Easy to use, and easy to wash 🙂 For more on hankies click here.
One step at a time, good luck with your journey!