Zero Waste is a Journey

It all started with the thought that I should be using less plastic. Surely I could cut down on the single use plastic laundry containers and the numerous shampoo and conditioner containers. I spoke with my friends and put an idea out there: If I could get my hands on bulk containers of natural soaps and cleaners, would they want to share? Could we work together toward the common goal of sending less waste to the landfill? Some seemed interested. So, I thought, why not share with more than just my friends?

Like many of you, I am on my zero-waste journey and not 100% zero-waste. In fact, I am nowhere close to being 100% zero-waste. But, each day, I make more of an effort to minimize the amount of waste produced in our household. I am more conscious of what I use and how I use it.

What matters most is the willingness to try. Everyone has to start somewhere, and the easiest way to begin is to make one change this week to reduce the waste you create. What change will you make?

Easy Zero Waste Tips for Beginners

  • Always carry a reusable water bottle 
  • Ask for no straw in your drink when you eat out
  • Swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush
  • Use bar soap or refillable liquid soaps that come with less packaging
  • Check out your farmers market and carry your own produce bag
  • Freeze food that might spoil soon
  • Bring your own reusable coffee cup when getting coffee to go
  • Go paperless for all of your bills
  • Shop secondhand 
  • Ditch sponges for compostable brushes and scrubs