5 Changes you need to make in your lifestyle in order to practice zero waste

Stepping towards a zero-waste lifestyle may seem like a daunting task and it doesn’t take place overnight. It’s a process of trial and error backed with a lot of research.

Therefore, if you are interested in switching to a zero-waste lifestyle, we are here to provide you with a beginner’s guide on what should be your first few steps to kickstart this sustainable journey:

  • Streamline what you bring in your house: This is essentially a study on what trash you generate and how to manage it. This goes for the food we buy, the clothes we wear and the household products we use. 
  • Start with going through the things you own and the waste you produce in a fixed time period, say a week. Measure the trash you produced and record the items you own which might contain any non-sustainable ingredient. This will help you look for the appropriate alternative instead of purchasing aimlessly.

  • Shop at bulk food stores: Locate a zero-waste store near you or any store that offers a variety of unpackaged products, from food grains to dairy products and hygiene products. That way you can buy in bulk and use your own reusable containers and cloth bags avoiding any and all plastic packing while shopping.  

  • Carry your own reusable containers: In addition to carrying your own containers for shopping, carry a zero-waste kit consisting of things you use on a daily basis while you are out so you don’t end up buying single-use plastics. 
  • Your zero-waste kit should include: A reusable bottle to always fill up instead of buying water every time you get thirsty, a reusable coffee mug for your daily dose of coffee, a metal straw if you fancy drinking from a straw and a reusable cloth bag to avoid carrying plastic bags. 

  • Refuse unnecessary products and promotional items: Analyse the utility of a product before purchasing it. Most of the time we end up buying without thinking clearly and clutter our homes with unnecessary waste. 
  • Become mindful of your purchases and start saying “no” to promotional products. They are poorly constructed and made with cheap plastic and will most probably end up in a landfill since they can’t be recycled.

  • Use what you have: Before you begin replacing items in your house with zero waste alternatives, use up things you have purchased and try to dispose of them responsibly instead of throwing or giving them away instantly. Zero-waste lifestyle is a process, you can’t make all the changes instantly. 

  • These tips should act as an optimum guide for you to kickstart your journey of sustainable living. Keep reading more about zero waste living! The only way to grow and progress in our zero waste lifestyle is if we continue to educate ourselves.

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