I love the idea of zero-waste. But my family is still working on minimalism - we'd never paid that much attention to actually practicing a zero-waste lifestyle. However, it seems our attempts at minimalism have even affected our garbage.
So when I got back inside I sat down and started thinking about what had caused this huge reduction in our waste. And thinking back, it's pretty simple.
- We started using cloth bags at the grocery store (when we forget them, we use paper bags)
- We bought more fresh food in cloth produce bags, instead of overpackaged junk
- We switched from disposable diapers to cloth diapers (this saves us about $100-$200 a month)
- We stopped using ziplock bags and switched to glass spaghetti jars to put our leftovers in
- We put our used coffee grounds in our indoor plants - it makes great fertilizer!
Today's challenge is simple. Pick one small change you can do in your home to produce less waste. You'd be surprised how big of a difference it can make. If you don't know what to do, try one of these:
- Switch to cloth grocery and produce bags
- By more fresh food instead of packaged foods
- Switch to cloth diapers instead of disposable, underwear instead of pullups (they potty train faster this way, too)
- Keep leftovers and pack lunches in stainless steel or glass containers
- Stop drinking bottled water - reusable water bottles are soooo much better
- Switch to a digital version of your newspapers and magazines
- Buy bulk soaps and toiletries, and get them in reusable or recycled packaging if you can
- Shop at your farmer's/holiday market!!
- Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones
- Towels and washclothes instead of paper towels and clorox wipes
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