If you’re looking into a zero-waste lifestyle but you don’t know where to start then I have some really easy tips for you! Don’t be overwhelmed by trying to go zero-waste, it’s an amazing thing to do and you’re definitely on the right path by even considering it. I’m not fully zero-waste but I do try my best. So here are 5 ways you can start out with and I hope these are helpful to you!
1. Find a minimal packaging shop near you!
A shop such as wholefoods, bin inn or little independent farm shops often have zero-waste areas where we can fill up our containers with certain kinds of food such as
- Porridge oats
- Raisins/other dried fruit
The list actually goes on! Just give a wee google for shops like this in your surrounding area, then find some old jars or plastic containers in your house and start using these instead of buying new boxes of food all the time! This really reduces your household waste, can be cheaper and is way better for the environment.
2. Use reusable face pads instead of single use face wipes!
We can’t flush facial wipes down the toilet – which I know a lot of people still do – but this is so bad for the planet, since it probably goes straight to the sea. It’s also not great to throw face wipes in the bin since they aren’t even recyclable.
Instead, you can use reusable face-pads or a muslin cloth. You can easily buy these off of Amazon or other zero-waste websites. Just use hot water and soap to take off your make-up, or you can buy a natural cleanser as well to help get your skin really clean.
3. Grow your own herbs!
I’ve started to grow my own herbs in the garden. The plastic packaging on herbs in the supermarket isn’t actually necessary when you can just buy seeds from your local garden centre in a paper package instead. It’s usually cheaper or around the same price anyway, but you’ll get more for your money since you can keep growing them outside. It’s an amazing thing to start doing because you can dry the herbs or keep them fresh depending on what you’d like to do with them. I really recommend growing your favourite herbs, you can even do it inside as long as you put them near a window so they’re getting enough sunlight. Also when you buy herbs in plastic packaging I find you end up not using all of it up before it goes off!
So there you have 3 simple ways you can get started with reducing your food waste! Let me know if you do any of these or if you plan to start!