We all understand that we should recycle to prevent waste from going to landfill, but is it possible to make your house Zero Waste? And what does that mean? Being Zero Waste is more than just consuming in the same way as before, and then recycling or composting everything when you’ve finished with it. Instead, it starts with reducing the quantity of waste that you produce in the first place, and considering the value of the products that you use.
Here are 10 easy tips that will help your household on its journey to becoming Zero Waste.
- Reduce your food wastage
Creating a weekly meal plan before you go shopping helps to make sure that you don’t overbuy perishable items and that you only purchase what you really need.
Then, for the small amount of unavoidable food waste that’s left behind, you can make a home composter to create a high quality fertilizer for your plants.
- Use refillable glass containers and buy loose groceries
- Send your old clothes to charity
- Fight back against junk mail
- Say no (thanks!) to receipts, flyers and freebie giveaways
- Take a reusable coffee cup to work
- Choose experience based gifts
- Recycle everything that’s left
Collect other recyclable items together until you have a decent load and then take them down to your local recycling center, or call a junk removal service to take them away for recycling.
- Tell your friends
Once you’ve started on your Zero Waste journey, you’ll find loads of ways to further reduce the amount of waste you produce. Why not share your ideas here and spread the message further still!
This is a guest post written by Evan Kaden.Easily entertained by the simpler things in life, Evan spends most of his free time enjoying the outdoors with his Golden Retriever, Skeeter. As a freelance writer with a focus on environment-friendly lifestyle, he is thankful for the many opportunities he has had to express his passion for sustainability.