8 Zero Waste Hacks You Can Try for Your Home

Living zero waste can be a challenge or even hard to achieve especially in today’s modern society that we are living in.

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02.02.2021

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Living zero waste can be a challenge or even hard to achieve especially in today’s modern society that we are living in. But there are many reasons why you should consider creating a sustainable living for you and your family by doing a zero-waste lifestyle. Living waste-free is not only amazing for our environment and planet, but it can improve our well-being and help us save time and money. Going zero waste is a great step to also reduce your carbon footprint.

If you wish to learn how to start your zero waste movement, here are 8 tips to help you go zero waste. Let’s dive right in!

1. Be mindful of your need

The principle of living zero waste is to buy less and spend less, using what you have means that you are buying less, which also means that you are reducing the waste that we send to the landfill. You do not even need to purchase tons of “zero-waste essentials” to do this. With a lot of zero-waste products entering the market, such as stainless steel straw, beeswax wraps, organic cotton, and so forth—it doesn’t mean we need to buy more. If you have some unused plastic bottles, you can make use of them as a refill bottle instead.

Be mindful of what you are buying, because living zero-waste is supposed to encourage you to eliminate your consumption needs.

2. Zero-waste shopping

Bring your own containers or mason jar (or glass jar)—shop in bulks, such as buying food. The planet will thank you. Zero-waste shopping means that you are buying your groceries without unnecessary single-use plastic packaging.

It’s true that not all supermarkets have things sold in a refill package that allows you to shop in bulk, but what you can do is to look for fruits or vegetables that are not wrapped in plastic and choose alternatives rather than plastic packaging. Other than that, zero-waste shopping is all about buying what you need.

3. Eliminate plastic waste

Plastic waste is the biggest issue, it takes more than one hundred years to decompose and our plastic waste will end up in landfills, ocean, and waterways where it can be harmful to the environment and the ocean wildlife. When you go out to run for groceries, make sure to bring a reusable alternative such as tote bags or cloth bags so that you do not need to carry your groceries in a plastic bag. But plastic waste is more than just plastic packaging, this includes single-use straws, plastic bottles, plastic containers, and even plastic coffee stirrers—switch to other eco-friendly alternatives to reduce plastic waste!

But plastic waste is more than just the plastic packaging, this includes single-use straws, plastic bottles, plastic containers, and even plastic coffee stirrers…

Although there are recycling movements to reduce plastic waste, recycling plastic bags happens to be more complex than recycling other waste. That being said, reducing plastic waste is easier than recycling it. So, ditch the plastic packaging and start using reusable alternatives to start your waste-free living.

4. Reduce food waste

Apples and tomatoes packed with environmentally safe round silicone stretch lids ready for storage. Reusable eco-friendly kitchen products. Zero waste and sustainable plastic free lifestyle

Reducing food waste starts when you are listing your grocery list. The simplest thing to reduce food waste is to avoid buying too much. We might think that food waste is not harmful to our environment, but it’s actually the other way around—our food waste produces methane gas and carbon dioxide as it breaks down which contributes to climate change.

There are other ways to reduce food scraps, including storing your food properly, eat leftovers that you have stored in the fridge, store food in a container, leave the skins on vegetables and fruits, and even composting.

5. Start composting

So, you are done eating your apple, and you are about to throw its core away to the bin… Don’t! Instead, throw them into a compost bin. Even if they are organic and natural, you might think they are able to biodegrade on their own—you’re wrong. Organic waste that gets thrown away will create a negative effect on the production of greenhouse gases because they need oxygen in order to decompose.

You can also compost single-use items. As long as they do not have an unnatural chemical in them, toss them to a compost bin. Composting is cheap and best of all, compost provides food for microorganisms, which improves the quality of soils—it’s great for your garden and your plants!

6. Switch to eco-friendly product

From home to personal products. Ditch all plastic and single-use items in your home. Stop using single-use paper towels, cotton pads, and plastic toothbrushes. Instead, switch to reusable alternatives such as reusable paper towels (your old towels work fine, too!), reusable cotton pads, and bamboo toothbrushes that are more biodegradable.

Empty mason jars lined up.

7. Go paperless for your bills!

Stop junk mail. Go paperless with utility bills, don’t print out ATM receipts, and try to subscribe to online magazines and newspapers instead. Junk mail seems to be something that doesn’t have a big impact on climate change, but it’s actually carbon-heavy.

8. DIY your zero-waste home cleaning products

When you are buying a home cleaning product, they often come with plastic containers and are filled with chemicals. Making your own cleaning products is not as hard as you think it is. Such as vinegar that is awesome for cleaning your home, or a mix of water and baking soda to remove stains and cut through grease.

DIY cleaning products

DIY home cleaning products are amazing and eco-friendly, not only that you are saving money but also saving the environment without buying the plastic packaging and unnatural chemical that comes with the product.