Easy Tips to Making a Zero Waste Household
Would you like to contribute to the health of the planet and maybe save some money, too? Here’s how you can move towards zero waste.
Reuse and recycle
Glass and plastic jars come in particularly handy when it comes to recycling, especially due to their versatile nature. The next time you have used up your marmalade jar or anything of the sort, do not throw it away, instead, find some creative ways which you can put it to good use. For instance, glass jars are excellent for holding flowers, which will save you a ton of cash that you would have otherwise spent on vases.
You can also recycle glass jars to store spices for your pantry, cereals, or stationery at your work-from-home desk. If you love gardening but do not have space, you can maximize on the small balcony that you have to plant some herbs or whatever it is you like. All you need to do is cut up some plastic containers, fill them up with soil and you are good to go!
There is plenty of DIY, that is, Do It Yourself hacks on the internet, and rightfully so as some can be quite helpful. DIY helps to save a lot of time, energy, and monetary resources that would otherwise have been spent in hiring consultants for instance. DIY in this case may also help you reduce your household waste at home. How, do you ask? Well, by making your very own amenities for use!
If you think about the number of toothpaste tubes that you utilize in one year, or hair products, you might be alarmed by the amount of waste you are producing, which is even more if you have kids. Making some of these products by yourself may not only help you reduce your waste, but will also ensure that you are using organic, chemical-free products that are completely safe.
For instance, you can make your very own deodorants for use, which will in turn reduce the amount of plastic and glass waste you have. Moreover, these zero waste deodorants will help rid your body of products such as aluminum which are found in our regular deodorants. There have been claims that products such as those and parabens may harm the body. As such, organic, eco-friendly products may be the best choice for you. Not to mention, they can be made through locally available materials, which is quite affordable.
In this fast-paced, frantic world that we live in, it can get easy to get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle of life that we rely wholly on to take out food. More often than not when we order in or buy to go, the food is packed in plastic containers and comes along with plastic cutlery, which in turn greatly increases our household waste.
We completely understand that between juggling a career, family, raising kids, school, and social life it can be difficult to find the time to cook a meal. Delivery options are convenient and good. However, if you can, consider cooking more often or try meal prepping twice a week to cut down on cooking time. This way, you will have meals ready for you at any time. Alternatively, if you have to order in, consider going to restaurants that offer food in biodegradable packaging. Use metal straws, and if possible, utilize your own set of cutlery at home.