Did you know that the first week in September is International Zero Waste Week? We love practicing zero waste routines at home, every little bit counts! We are not a zero-waste household (absolutely NO garbage) yet, but we’ve made lots of small changes over the past couple years to move in that direction!
If you are looking for some easy ways to reduce your waste and help the environment here are some easy tips you could start following this week!
- Carry a reusable cup with you all the time.
- Use cloth napkins at home instead of paper.
- Use rags like old t-shirts or tea towels instead of paper towel!
- Say no to plastic straws! Or use a reusable stainless steel or glass straw!
- Compost! (We are just starting to explore this and it is a fun adventure!)
- Avoid single-use plastic such as plastic utensils, cups, plates, sandwich baggies, etc. I always carry a bamboo fork and spoon in my bag to help with that!
- Wrap your food in bee’s wrap instead of plastic.
- Buy toilet paper that is packaged in paper instead of plastic!
- When shopping online, ask retailers if they can send your package plastic-free. I have had good luck with this.
- Always carry a container for leftovers in your car or bag so that when the time comes you don’t need to ask for a to-go box!
- Always check an item to see if it is recyclable before tossing it in the trash.
- Buy produce that does not come wrapped in plastic, or better yet – grow your own!
These are all easy changes that make a big difference! We have had a lot of luck at home with these practices and it has been fun to challenge ourselves to make more informed choices about our waste. We have a lot of room for improvement so we are doing our best to create NO garbage this week! If you want to make a pledge for Zero Waste Week too, you can do it here! They will send you tips and motivation all week long!
The most important thing when working to reduce your waste is to simply be conscious of your habits. When you are mindful about the choices you are making it becomes very easy to recognize opportunities to make zero waste choices. It all starts with awareness!
Good luck on your Zero Waste journey!
love & light