How to Reduce Waste and Create Zero Waste Home.

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Too many humans have gotten lost in today's throwaway culture. We are conditioned to believe that 'just another gadget, just one more thing', will make our lives easier and happier, but we never seem to reach a state of satisfaction. In fact, we've become a society of excessive consumption. You may be surprised to learn that you can stop the cycle of consumption―it is indeed possible. And you can do it with a zero-waste home.

Zero waste is a lifestyle that aims to reduce your individual waste output as much as possible. This can mean reducing the amount of garbage you send to the landfill, creating compost from food and drinks you usually throw out, or even attempting to reduce or eliminate the need for single-use items.

You may have recently heard about the zero-waste lifestyle or the zero-waste home, and you'd like to learn more. No worries! I've got your back. Welcome to a place where I discuss zero-waste techniques, and how you can start making changes in your own life as well.

Zero Waste Lifestyle

Why is it important to live a zero-waste lifestyle?

Once we've gotten through our garbage and single-use items It's sort of an out-of-sight-out-of-mind thing, and once our trash is collected by our local waste management service, we usually don't think about it again.

But what if we consider our garbage? Think about how many people, like us, are throwing trash, and you'll see that there's a big problem.

if we could understand how waste affects us on a daily basis, we would realize how critical it is for all of us to strive for a zero-waste lifestyle.

The Perks of a Zero-Waste Lifestyle

The most obvious advantage of a zero-waste lifestyle is the reduction of waste. This means fewer items end up in landfills, less pollution, and fewer resources are used. But, aside from helping the environment, there are numerous other advantages!

It saves money

When you commit to living a zero-waste lifestyle, you become more conscious of what enters your life and home. You might think twice about purchasing some items that will inevitably be thrown away or come in a lot of packaging.

Using resources wisely also means you're not wasting them and having to buy new ones to replace them.

You can lower your trash bill by diverting food or recycling from the trash.

10 Baby Steps Towards a (Near) Zero-Waste Home

The idea of a zero waste home can seem appealing to some, but overwhelming to others. And that's kind of the point: we want to reduce our waste, but it's so easy to say "I'll get to that later" and then, suddenly, you've waited until later for years and later never comes.

Are you ready to take a first step towards a zero-waste home?Here's an easy 10-step guide to get you started.

1. Take a Slow and Steady Approach

The path to a zero-waste home begins with small steps. Just as an infant cannot run right away, we should not expect to reduce our waste to zero in an instant. Having said that, baby steps can eventually lead us to becoming a zero-waste household.

2. Home Cooking

Home cooking is all about reducing the the food you waste, and saving money of course! Home cooking has to be the most economical and healthy way of eating. It saves you money, and cuts your carbon footprint too. Reducing waste is a natural consequence of home cooking .Prepared and packaged foods, as well as take-out, will always be packaged in excessively wasteful packaging.

home cooking

3. Switching to Bamboo Products (ZeroWaste)

Bamboo is a zerowaste , renewable, and sustainable resource that can be used for an almost limitless number of daily purposes. Bamboo grows at an incredible rate, and I'm sure you've heard of it; it's been used to make long-lasting utensils and furniture. Overall, there are numerous advantages to using bamboo products, particularly when it comes to things like having eco-friendly manners while using bamboo dishes. Bamboo is a very useful and zerowaste material derived from the forests of Borneo, which are well-known for their high-quality product supplies.

To read more about Bamboo the super plant click here

Bamboo Products

4. Unrequired Buying

Do you really need it? That's the question you should be asking yourself before you take the plunge and buy a product. Complusive shopping, you hate it right? You know that feeling that you're getting whipsawed into buying something. It may be something you have no real use for or just don't need at all! So, if you want to live a zero-waste lifestyle, stop doing unnecessary shopping.

Complusive shopping sketch

 

5.Perform a Trash Audit

Examine your household trash and make a mental note of what appears most frequently in the trash. This can help you determine where to begin reducing waste. Perhaps there is a lot of spoiled food, zippered plastic bags, or plastic packaging.

Trash auditing

6. Purchase High-Quality Products

We live in a throw-away culture that includes everything from clothing to kitchen appliances and everything in between. We can reduce the amount of garbage and landfill waste by purchasing the highest quality items we can afford. Higher quality items last significantly longer than lower quality options and are frequently less expensive in the long run!

GoingZero provides you with the ZERO WASTE products

 

Quality matters

7.Buy Secondhand

Buying secondhand whenever possible is one way to reduce waste. Instead of buying new, look for high-quality items at thrift stores. You reduce the amount of packaging you have to throw away while also giving something old a new lease on life.

Second hand clothing

8.Use Zero-Waste Feminine Care Products

Cloth pads and menstrual cups are preferable to conventional pads and tampons. Conventional tampons and pads are laden with harmful chemicals and pesticides, which can quickly accumulate with repeated use. A menstrual cup is not only low-waste, but it can also save you money and protect your health once you get the hang of it (there is a slight learning curve).

9. Substitute the Worst offenders

Making a few simple changes can help you save a lot of waste and move you closer to a zero-waste lifestyle. I know this seems like another thing to add to your to-do list, so here are some quick and painless swaps (that may even save you money!).

Water bottles –  Instead of using disposable water bottles, use reusable ones.

Coffee cups – Plastic can be used to line paper coffee cups. Bring your own cup instead. Glass and silicone hot or cold beverage cups are favourites of mine (this one is my favorite). Bringing your own coffee from home can save you money and is healthier than most coffee shop coffee.

Straws – These are a major environmental issue, but they are also one of the simplest to address. Simply refuse plastic straws whenever possible. Consider bringing your own straw if you require one. Stainless steel straws, glass straws (be careful with them), and silicone straws are all favourites of mine.

Purchasing bags – It's really easy to reduce the number of plastic bags you bring home once you get used to remembering your reusable cloth bags when you go grocery shopping (that's the difficult part!). For starters, a quality reusable grocery bag (such as these super strong reusable grocery bags) can carry 2 to 4 times the amount of weight that a plastic bag can. These are especially useful at farmer's markets, where not every vendor provides bags.

10.Start Composting

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food accounts for 22% of solid waste that enters landfills (EPA). Diverting this food to a compost pile instead of the trash can help you save money on your garbage bill and reduce food waste. To begin a compost pile, all you need is a countertop compost container (which can be as simple as a bowl) and a location in your yard.

 

So, hopefully, these tips will help you take a step toward a zero-waste home and a better future. Your small step, combined with the thousands of others, can contribute to a greener and cleaner environment.

Articulated by:- Palak Vijay

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