Committing to a zero waste lifestyle may sound a little scary. It is understandable since the task seems huge! But fear not dedicated reader, for yet again we have ventured into the depth of the internet to find some tips on how to live a more eco-friendly life. And this time, we want to help you make a zero waste lifestyle work for you.
Be prepared. It is the number one rule to go green and we have already talked about that many times, for example on our blog post on eco-friendly grocery shopping. But other than being physically prepared you also have to be mentally prepared for the road ahead of you: set realistic goals for yourself. Going zero waste overnight is (almost) impossible. And you shouldn’t just throw the stuff you already have out and get new products that fit your new desired lifestyle. That would be a waste. Instead, use the time in between to make a plan. Do some research. Decide what you really want and can realistically achieve, analysing what kind of waste you usually create.
Looking a little closer at your past waste production might help you in another way as well. Is all the trash you throw away at the moment really waste? Maybe there are things that could be recycled? And if you don’t want to leave it to other people, is there maybe stuff you previously threw away that could be repurposed or upcycled? Committing to recycling is also a way to minimize your trash.
The kitchen is a problem for a zero waste lifestyle. That is why we dedicated a few articles and Facebook posts to grocery shopping already. What we want to say here is more of a general idea for your kitchen layout at home. Opt for (repurposed) glass or metal jars and cans instead of buying new containers. They don’t cost you extra, they often don’t take up as much space as other packaging would and they look good on the shelf.
Don’t forget to compost. You can even do it on your kitchen’s countertop. With a good charcoal filter (and maybe not adding meat and dairy waste to the mix indoors) any smell can be eliminated. The compost can then in turn be used as a fertilizer for your garden and potted plants. Or maybe even to plant your own little kitchen garden? Growing your food yourself is a great thing to do, so just go ahead and try! Lots of vegetables and herbs can even be regrown from scraps. You can plant them easily in recycled containers. Metal cans are perfect to upcycle for this since you can modify them to your plant’s needs, like adding little holes for better drainage. (Re)growing your own produce is a great step towards a successful zero waste lifestyle. Since zero waste lifestyles and eco-friendly farming has become a trend, it is now more common to have a communal garden or co-ops. Some farmers even offer to rent parts of their land for people to take care of and reap. Look into it, maybe it is something you want to pick up as a new hobby!