EASY WAYS TO GO ZERO WASTE AT HOME
Zero waste. It’s said that the average person produces 1.5 tonnes of waste per year so it can seem daunting to imagine not producing any waste ever.
Going zero waste is definitely not going to happen over night but there are some easy ways to go zero waste at home. We’ve put together a list of some easy and budget friendly ideas below to get you started.
Remember, it’s not about being perfect. Small changes which we make collectively can make big impact so pick a couple that are achievable for you and implement these in your home today.
EASY WAYS TO GO ZERO WASTE AT HOME:
Save food scraps for homemade stock and natural dyes
Food scraps can be used in a whole heap of ways like turning root veg stalks into homemade stock, apple cores and skins into apple cider vinegar, regrowing into new food, old bread into crutons and french toast, banana skins for cleaning…I could go on…but huge trend at the moment is natural tie-dying. Turmeric can be used to create yellow tones; red onion for pink; red cabbage leaves for purple and avocado skins for dusty pinks and browns, plus it’s a great way to bring life back in to that white t-shirt you split red wine on!
Recycle glass jars
Glass jars can be used for so many things around the house and that’s not just making your own jam. Save and wash all of your empties and use next time you head to the bulk food store, regrowing your food scraps, pickling food for long term storage, storing leftovers in the fridge or taking to work, new cocktail glasses and food storage. Plus, the right jars can make your kitchen shelves and pantry look beautifully co-ordinated and organised.
Invest in reusable food and drinks containers
We touched on this in our ‘easy ways to reduce plastic’ post but one the easiest ways to reduce your waste is to invest in reusable food and drink containers. Glass jars can be great for storing your coffee, nuts, smoothies, dried foods and pulses, but it’s a great idea to also invest in some natural, reusable containers which you can use for meal prepping or saving your leftovers.
Compost your food waste
A compost bin is a great addition to your kitchen or garden. There are some really good options out there for cheap and easy to implement composting options for your garden, and there are also clean, table top versions which you can keep in your kitchen available or community bins in your local area.
Use food scraps to make your own cleaning products
Food can be used a really effective cleaning products. Ingredients like distilled white vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and sugar can be used to polish kitchen worktops, clean windows and remove stains whilst killing that pesky bacteria. Combine these with essential oils for a beautiful smelling home.
Swap tea-bags for tea leaves
I don’t know about you but we average upwards of 5 cups of tea each per day, every day. That equates to almost 2,000 tea bags in our landfills per person in a year! To reduce this swap your tea bags for tea leaves in a metal strainer instead. The tea leaves are often better quality too, so it’s a win-win.
Repair holes in clothes
It may sound obvious, but too often clothes are thrown away for having small holes or losing a button and these can be sown up very easily, without the need for any seamstress skills. Make an excuse to visit an older relative and ask them for tips if you’re really stuck, it’ll be a great bonding experience which you’ll find thereputic.
Reuse old clothes for cleaning cloths
If old clothes really can’t be repaired, cut them up in to squares and use for cleaning and dusting your house, instead of buying single-use dusting or washing cloths. Anything which you don’t want to repair or cut in to cloths should be sent to a second-hand shop or re-homed, even dirty or ripped clothes can be sent to charities or material recycling by second-hand shops.
Ditch disposable for natural materials
There are some really great natural fibres on the market which provide brilliant and budget-friendly alternatives to disposable products like bamboo cotton pads, metal razors, natural loofah’s, plastic free q-tips, natural tampons, cloth face wipes.
Go paperless with your bills
Bills bills bills. We hate receiving them anyway so save yourself the waste and request for these to be emailed to you instead of posted. Most companies have an option for this on your online account so it’s another really easy on to implement.
Request for no junk mail to be put through your letterbox
Another easy one, add a small sign to your front door or letter box requesting that companies do not post you junk mail. I’m sure we all know the Domino’s menu by now so who needs to receive those weekly leaflets anyway?
Use cloth napkins and tissues instead of paper
I’m sure we all remember having monogrammed handkerchiefs as kids right? Well save the trees and reduce your waste by switching to cloth napkins at dinner, and cloth handkerchiefs instead of paper tissues. You’ll feel like you’re eating dinner in a restaurant too.
Swap to rechargeable batteries
Never find yourself hunting around in that draw you dump everything from pens, foreign coins, remote controls, keys that you have no idea what they open, letters you’re saving for…what was it again, random cards and pairs of glasses, for batteries again and switch to rechargeable types. Thank us later.
Making meals instead of buying takeout or ready meals is a great way to reduce waste. You’ll use all the food you purchased at the supermarket, cut down on packaging of food items, and save any travel for your food arriving to you. Keep it really easy, and save time, by cooking food in bulk and eating them throughout the week.
Will you be adopting any of these in your home? Or are you ready for more? Read our eco-living tips post HERE for more tips.