Zero waste replacements in and around your home

Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean. Only 9% of plastic is actually recycled. The process recommended is one similar to the way that resources are reused in nature.

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You’ve done the research on zero waste and you’re ready to jump into the non polluted sea. Feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the options out there? Here is a quick guide on what you can start to replace in and around your home. As the time goes by I’ll add more details about products and options that I tried and my opinion on it. I’ll put a little DIY next to the items you can make yourself and will share the recipes at a later stage.

Bathroom/Beauty

  • Toothbrush – replace with Bamboo / Cornstarch toothbrush
  • Natural organic toothpaste (DIY)
  • Shampoo Bars
  • Soaps (DIY)
  • Deodorant (DIY)
  • Organic Perfume (DIY)
  • Cream moisturizer (DIY)
  • Air Freshener (DIY)
  • Hand scrub (DIY)

Kitchen

  • Buy products in glass or metal
  • Recycle
  • Eco brick items you can’t recycle
  • Collect bread tags and bottle caps for charities
  • Compost food scraps
  • Bamboo scrubs
  • Loose tea leaves
  • Whiskey stones
  • Cloth wipes instead of paper towels
  • Compostable bin bags
  • Beeswax or Soy wraps instead of cling film
  • Silicone baking mat

Cleaning

  • Dishwasher tabs/powder (DIY)
  • Vinegar / Bicarb and Citric acid for all purpose cleaning (DIY)
  • Organic Bleach
  • Essential oils
  • Steam mop

Home

  • Firelighters
  • Garden (DIY)
  • Beeswax candles

Going out

  • Bamboo straws
  • Reusable cutlery
  • Water bottle
  • Reusable coffee cup

Shopping

  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Fruit/Veggie bags
  • Meat containers

Below is some nice YouTube videos on how to reduce your waste which helped me in the beginning.

Going zero waste should not be hard and you should not change your whole lifestyle in a day to accommodate it. Make one or two swaps a month to make it part of your routine. Don’t feel bad if you can’t do all the swaps, nobody is that perfect. Just do the ones that works for you.

Photo Credits
Evie Calder on Unsplash

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