Have you heard of the term ‘zero waste living’? In simple words, it means trying to keep trash that lands up in landfills to the bare minimum. Our trash contains certain products that can be recycled and reused.
Understanding the Purpose of Zero Waste
If you are just starting your zero-waste journey, then you will have a lot of questions about it. You will be trying to figure out where to start and how best you can lead a minimalist lifestyle. First thing you need to understand is the reason why you have opted to go in for zero waste. Secondly, you need to take baby steps to achieve the goal.
Some of the basic things that you can begin with include:
- Plastic wraps
- Aluminum Foil
- Cleaning Products
- Kitchen Sponge
- Plastic Bags
Plastic wraps, aluminum foils and bags contain harmful chemicals that can pollute the environment and affect wildlife. Secondly, plastic is not biodegradable and can end up in landfills, oceans and rivers. A better alternative to this would be to go in for beeswax wraps or storage containers to preserve the food. In the case of cleaning products and kitchen sponge, you can replace these with natural products or cloths.
Plastic bags can be replaced with reusable bags. Reusable bags are quite popular at fundraisers and if you are planning for one for your company, then you can check out reusable bags available at Custom Earth Promos. You can purchase wholesale reusable bags and get these customized with your company name and logo.
Going the Minimalist Way with Toiletries
Some of the products that you can replace with natural products include:
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Cotton Balls/ Cotton Ear Buds
- Tooth Paste/ Plastic Toothbrush
- Single Body Wash
- Hair Spray
Feminine hygiene products such as tampons and pads can be replaced with natural ones that are made from organic cotton. Cotton balls and ear buds are only a one-time use. Misuse of ear buds can cause harm to the ears. Make use of face towels to lean your face and ears. You can wash them and reuse them again.
Many of the toothpaste that you see today are made from chemicals that can be harmful to our health. A better alternative to this would be to switch to vegan or homemade toothpaste. Plastic toothbrushes get replaced after every two to three months. These can easily be replaced with wooden or bamboo toothbrushes. Body washes and hair spray bottles cannot be disposed off easily. You can try using bath soaps and sprays made from natural ingredients.
Other Items That Can Contribute to Zero Waste
In addition to the above, the below items can also be replaced with natural products that will have a positive impact on the environment and our health:
- Newspapers/ Magazines – Can be replaced with online subscriptions
- Paper Plates – You can replace these with glass plates
- Toothpicks – Plastic toothpicks can be replaced with metal or wooden ones
Zero waste living will not happen overnight. There are many support groups out there with whom you can share your concerns and queries about zero waste living.