Did you know it's Zero Waste Week? Spoiler alert: we aren't zero waste and I have always felt a lot of pressure from the term 'ZERO WASTE.'
In plain English, zero waste means that absolutely no waste is sent to landfills. But this was never intended to be ALL on the consumer; it starts with production, right through to recovery. I prefer LESS WASTE...and while we've been on a ZERO WASTE journey for a while we still have improvements to make. Good news: There's no one way to do it, so whether you're an expert eco-warrior or a beginner here are a few useful reminders of how to be zero-er waste (not a word but I'm claiming it!) 💚Refuse: Just start by saying no say no to single-use plastics and disposables like straws and cutlery or extra paper like napkins, receipts, free magazines, leaflets or unnecessary freebies) 💚Reuse: probably our biggest and easiest way to avoid waste; from straws, bottles and cups to wipes, nappies and period products, choosing to reuse cuts waste and also materials and resources needed for production and transportation. This has cut SO much waste from our house!
💚Refill, re-wear, repurpose and re-imagine: choosing to refill, re-wear, or repurpose rather than replace can give a new lease of life and save lots of waste without causing you too much hardship
💚Rethink: can you switch your shampoo to a bar or your toothbrush to a plastic-free alternative. What about an eco laundry alternative? Could you switch up your meal plan to include less packaged food or go without wrapping paper and use pretty cloths or gift bags instead? There are lots of tiny changes you can make which save waste without being too impactful on your lifestyle.
💚Rot: can you start composting packaging and waste? From traditional compost to bokashi or hot composting there are lots of options depending on your space/diet. 💚Stop buying stuff you don't need! Be more purposeful and intentional in what you buy where you can.
💚Recycle: make sure you know local recycling guidelines on what can and can't be recycled and don't 'wish-cycle' i.e. chuck it in a recycling bag or bin and hope for the best, as you risk contaminating the WHOLE TRUCK (we've all been there!). Which of these do you do? What tips would you add? If you want to find out more about Zero Waste Week check it out here: https://www.zerowasteweek.co.uk/zero-waste-week-facts/