I am not an expert in regards to being zero waste, but I have been trying to reduce my carbon footprint and waste less for the past two years. Here are some useful ways to save the environment. Here is my top 10 – In no particular order..
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Go Digital! – As you have found this website, you may be a fan. Meaning you play video games and read comics. If so why not buy the digital versions of the games, comics and books. It’s less waste made, no need for it to be delivered – so its a lower CO2 footprint and it’s cheaper! So why wouldn’t you! Or try the library – my local library has a wide variety of comics and books. Why not head to yours you may be surprised at what your local library may have…
Carrying a reusable coffee cup – it keeps your drink warm even after you forget about it for an hour (guilty!) In most coffee shops and cafes, you get a discount on your drink with using a reusable cup! If you prefer a cold drink, carry a reusable bottle around with you. It will save you money as you won’t have to buy bottles of water and the plastic particles go into the water anyway so it is best to avoid it and it’s more zero waste.
Stop having takeaways or if you don’t want to stop then take your own containers for your takeaway to be put in. As a country girl no takeaways are near my house, and I can’t drive, it isn’t a problem for me, but my boyfriend, on the other hand, is from a town and has about 20 takeaway places to choose from. It was harder for him to want to change, but now that he lives with me, he’s had no choice but to stop having takeaways.
Do without! When I started going zero waste, I thought I needed all the items YouTubers and bloggers have like produce bags, a bamboo toothbrush, etc. But the truth is I don’t need those things – I have an electric toothbrush – it would be worse to throw it away and ungrateful as it was a present! Yes, I’m that boring, I wanted an electric toothbrush for Christmas! 😅 You don’t need a lot to go zero waste, you learn to use what you have which as a collector of all things quirky is a lot of stuff! I am trying to be minimalist though.
Try a no spending week/month or like me try a no spending year! I decided to go for a no spending year as I was constantly buying and looking for stuff to buy, I forgot what I even ordered, and the recycling bin was full to the brim with packaging from my impulse buys. So I tried buying less which made me more excited and became more appreciative of what I did buy! If you would like me to write an article about my no spending year, please let me know!
Make food from scratch rather than buy processed ready meals – it is cheaper, less wasteful, more filling and can be fun! As you experiment and look for new recipes to try! It has also become a bonding activity to cook with your significant other, much better than silently watching rubbish on TV!
If you need something – see if you can borrow it from someone first, if not try looking in secondhand /charity/vintage shops. Someone else’s junk could be your treasure! If you can’t find what you are looking for, as it is hard to specifically look for items in a charity shop. Try buying from ethical shops instead. I have written down all the ethical stores I have down on my notes. If you would like me to write an article or send you a copy, then please let me know!
Start small and make small swaps – like swapping soap in a plastic bottle, buy a bar of soap. Remember to take your own bags when going shopping so that you don’t have to use a plastic bag. Go for items, not in plastic packaging and if you do – go for recyclable plastic packaging. Instead of using cotton pads use a face cloth or cut up an old towel into small squares or circles, zero waste! Use the search engine Ecosia (not sponsored) just a great search engine which benefits the environment as with every 45 searches with them, a tree is planted which will lower CO2 – a free way to help the planet!
Say no to plastic straws and don’t litter or it may end up in an animals stomach. Try not to throw away at all. Reuse glass jars as food containers. Always try to compost, reuse, make something of it or donate to a charity or homeless person. As someone else’s trash is your treasure the same can be said the other way around. Try to make throwing things away, the last resort.
Go Vegan! I have been vegan for 5 years, and it is the best thing I have ever done. If you think it is too extreme, why not try going vegan once a week – even once a week makes a largely positive impact on the environment. Going vegan just once a week for a year can help reduce the risk of heart disease and saves 90 animal lives, 1,800lbs of C02, 3,600lbs of grain, 99,000 gallons of water and 2,700 square feet of forest. See for yourself what a year of being vegan will positively impact on http://thevegancalculator.com/#calculator
Thank you for reading. This is a cause I am passionate about; if you have any questions – please feel free to ask. Let me know if you will try any of these 10 ways! If you’d like to see more articles like this please like, comment, share or subscribe to show it!