There are many ways we can be proactive in limiting the amount of waste we produce that ends up in landfills. These steps can also help to limit toxins in our homes and the environment. Not only can these steps benefit you and your household, the impact of living a zero waste lifestyle can reach far beyond your home or neighborhood. Each step can help to make the world a better, less toxic, and safer place for your family and the families of those across the globe.
“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”
Most of us have heard this popular phrase, yet more often I see people focusing on the “recycle” part. Although recycling certainly is great for some materials, we cannot assume all plastics, metals, etc. can be recycled. Instead, try to reduce purchasing products that are wrapped in non-reusable and non-recyclable materials. Unfortunately, we cannot always reduce our consumption of certain products, however we can choose to reuse bags, plastic containers, and jars, for food storage, crafting, etc. before tossing an item in the recycling bin.
Compost & Garden
This is one of the easier options for moving towards zero waste, yet still has a great impact. Compost plant scraps, egg shells, cardboard egg cartons, coffee grounds, etc. to create nutrient rich soil for growing your own garden. Even if you do not feel you have a green thumb, you would be surprised how easy some herbs, and vegetables can grow!
Switch To Zero Waste Products
There are many products we often need on a daily basis which contain materials that are not biodegradable or recyclable. The great thing is there are so many alternatives to many products now a days so you won’t have to compromise to keep your favorite products. Such simple swaps include. switching to a bamboo toothbrush, using toothpaste tablets, using reusable grocery and produce bags, using beeswax wraps instead of plastic wrap, using a zero waste bar of soap with a cotton washcloth. The list goes on and on as there are many ways we can incorporate these simple and impactful switches in our lives.
Green & Clean
When it comes to zero waste living, one way we can have a large impact in our home as well as our environment is to switch to “green” cleaning products. There are many wonderful naturally-based cleaning products available, yet one of my favorites is simply vinegar and water with some tea tree and lemon essential oils. (Read our article on our blog to see how well vinegar cleans.) If you aren’t a fan of the idea, or smell, of vinegar do some research to see which natural cleaner is best for you.