Disclaimer: this is not a how-to on how to live a zero-waste lifestyle and I apologize for the click bait. This is more of a diary or list of the ways I plan to make adjustments to my lifestyle so that I can work toward living; little to zero-waste.
The term “zero-waste” is new to me. It’s also seems quite unrealistic. Mainly because I have no idea of where to start. Someone suggested that I make a list of things I use that are not good for our environment and once I run out, figure out a more eco-friendly alternative. I love this idea, so here are a few things I’m planning to swap out and what I’ll be using in lieu of them.
Paper Towels- I would like to start using tea towels, old rags, sheets, etc. in lieu of paper towels. Oh my goodness, you would not believe how much I waste paper towels. I caught myself pulling off like 4 of the select-a-size paper towels one day just to dry my wet hands. And then all of those went right in the trash. It is literally mindless waste.
Coffee Grounds- We are avid coffee drinkers in my house, which means we use a good amount of coffee grounds. I’ve been working on getting in the habit of saving the grounds to reuse in other ways. They are great for scrubs and they are beneficial to your plants and gardens. I am looking for other ways they can be used and will be doing a blog post with a few recipes and ideas very soon.
Laundry Detergent- Unintentionally, I have been finding some very interesting ways to save reduce waste and save money at the same time. One of them is making your own laundry soap. I have found a few recipes and once I run out of my current store bought detergent I plan to start making my own. I will say, many of the recipes still seem to include chemicals and have their own element of waste, but this gives me a project to work on. Also, I am sure there are tons of combinations for the perfect DIY laundry detergent.
Plastic Cutlery/Straws- I am not sure where I am going to start with this. I guess it would be a good idea to keep a spoon and fork at work to reuse instead of using the plastic silverware that they provide. I did buy some metal straws to use, so that is another way to go.
Overall Trash- I am trying hard to separate my trash so that I can recycle the things that can be recycled. I have noticed that since I have started to pay more attention; I have had less trash on trash day. There have been a few weeks where I didn’t even put my trash out to be picked up because it wasn’t full. I have also noticed that I have more recycling than trash. However, I don’t see this as a good thing because I need to work on reducing them both. The more recycling I have, the more resources that are being used to break these items down.
Another thing I want to work on is cutting down on how much I buy overall. This will be great for me because I need to save money. Why not do both at the same time?
So there it is! This is where I will start and I feel that it is important to start where I am with what I can do realistically. Oh how I would love to become the zero-waste queen and never waste a thing for the rest of my days, but I don’t want to make a commitment to something that is just not feasible for me and my lifestyle.
I hope that I have maybe inspired you or gave you some ideas in order to cut down on your own waste and consumption.
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