If you have spent time hanging out with me, you probably know that I have been trying to be more environmentally friendly over the last couple years.
Always bringing a reusable water bottle with me, only use reusable straws, get tea in a mug rather than a togo cup, making foods from scratch, etc..
Some of you on Instagram stated that you wanted some more ideas on going Zero Waste, because you love the planet too, and let’s be honest. Who doesn’t LOVE the lush green trees, blue oceans and wide open skies?
Some of the ideas listed below are simple and easy to start doing tomorrow and some take a little more thought, BUT you can SAVE MONEY with some of these. If you like savings, raise your hand!!
1. Water Bottle – I bring a reusable water bottle everywhere. I know it can be a bit annoying having to lug it around, but the metal insulated ones are great for keeping water cold or glass ones can be really nice too!
2. Reusable Coffee Cup – Another staple for me. I have three actually.. it’s a bit of an addiction.
I have a collapsible Silicon 12oz cup (The BEST if you don’t have much space) You can find it here.
One from Starbucks – ceramic and holds 16oz – good for the car.
Lastly a Metal Insulated one – holds 20oz and keeps hot for a good 6 hrs.
3. Reusable Straws – I have some plastic straws (isn’t ideal, but bought them before I started reducing my plastic and they are reusable) and I also own two glass ones. You can order metal ones on Amazon or find them in some specialty kitchen stores near you.
4. Reusable Cutlery – I usually just take cutlery from my house, but sometimes it’s nice to have a set specially for your “Zero Waste Lunch Bag”, so you can find a metal set at any camping store or some bamboo one’s online.
5. Bamboo Toothbrush – I ordered a pack of 4 from Brush with Bamboo and LOVE them. The Bristle’s are part Nylon, but you can pull them out with pliers when you’re done.
6. Shop Bulk – I try to buy bulk as much as possible. Spices, baking, nuts/seeds etc. It is cheaper and you can buy what you need rather than going home with way more rice than you wanted.. I am still reusing old plastic produce bags, but I’d like to make some fabric ones.
7. Buy loose Produce – This is not always the cheapest option, because sometimes a pack of 3 cucumbers is cheaper, but really I don’t eat enough cucumber to use all 3 before atleast one goes squishy. I do have my own mesh produce bags that I use if I’m buying lots of potatoes, or smaller produce items like beans. you can find them on Amazon, Etsy or you can make some.
8. Shopping Bags – Those flimsy plastic bags that barely hold any groceries.. and people seem to not know how to pack them properly, so they only seem to fill them half full and you pay 5 cents for each?!
Invest in 2 or 3 sturdy reusable bags. I made one from an old plaid shirt and I’ve bought a few.
9. Store items in Jars – I collect all my glass jars from Coconut Oil, Strained Tomatoes, jams, etc. Ask friends if they have any jars they’re getting rid of or go to your local thrift store. You can buy them for a little as 25 cents sometimes. I store all my nuts/seeds, rice, pasta, etc in glass jars. It takes up a little more space, but atleast I know they’re sealed.
10. Reusable Snack Packs – I still haven’t got around to making any, so I just cart around jars and glass tupperware, but they seem great for nuts, chips, cookies, etc.
With this list, I DO have some plastic that I still use until it is no longer usable, like Plastic Tupperware, a plastic water bottle, some reusable plastic straws, etc. I am not going to throw them out and create waste if it’s still perfectly good.
MOST IMPORTANTLY – don’t try to change everything overnight.. It takes time and thought.
Just remember the 5 R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot (Compost)
Feel free to comment below or contact me with any questions you have. We all have to start somewhere, and none of us are perfect.
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