Living the Zero Waste Life

Want to reduce your impact on the ever increasing trash that is filling up our landfills? Have lots of random things cluttering your closet? Or maybe you just want to find a way to live minimally. Well, many people are switching over to a zero waste lifestyle to not only better themselves, but also the environment.

What is zero waste living?

To live with zero waste means reducing the amount of waste you produce that goes to the landfill to, you guessed it, zero. This means cutting down on what you buy, reusing items you already have and recycling/composting what you can.

You may be wondering if it’s actually possible to create absolutely zero trash. Thinking about going zero waste yourself? It’s not as easy as it sounds. Transitioning will take some time, especially if you are unfamiliar with concepts such as minimalism, composting and recycling.

How do I start living with zero waste?

We know it might be hard to start living a completely different lifestyle, but here are some tips to get started:

  • Buy secondhand. Search local thrift stores or online for items that you can buy used. Not only will it be cheaper for you, but you will also be giving that item a second life and saving it from its fate of ending up in the landfill.
  • Start finding reusable alternatives. For items like kitchenware, there are many reusable alternatives that are much better for the environment. Invest in a reusable water bottle or utensils such as a metal/glass straw or a bamboo fork.
  • Go paperless. Instead of using spiral bounded notebooks, use your laptop or tablet to take notes. You’ll save a lot of paper, especially if you aren’t planning to use every page.
  • Use natural cleaners. Try using white vinegar and baking soda in lieu of cleaning supplies. Keep them in a reusable spray bottle. Not only are they cheaper, but you won’t be wasting all of the bottles that store-bought cleaners come in.

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