If you don’t know how to start Zero Waste, read on!
I just thought I would do a quick post AHEM mainly to procrastinate from college work, but also to share easy baby steps that anyone can do to cut down on their waste. These are some of the first steps I took when I decided to be more eco!
- Buy a reusable water bottle. It should preferably not be made of plastic but if you already have a plastic one, use that instead of buying a new one. Or if you want to take even smaller baby steps, you can reuse a plastic water bottle and refill that every day with tap water until it starts to go smelly. (What’s up with that?) You don’t have that problem with stainless steel bottles, so win-win! You can buy stainless steel ones in Evergreen. I have a purple 500ml Punc one, and my boyfriend has a green 750ml one and we use them all the time! You’ll save a lot of money because you won’t have to buy bottled water all the time. It’s also really fun to smuggle them into the cinema. 🙂
- Invest in a Mooncup. You can get them in Evergreen too and also in Boots.They are reusable menstrual cups for that time of the month. They are about 30 euro but last about 8 years, so you will save a lot in the long run. They replace sanitary pads and tampons so you can have a Zero Waste period! Every girl’s dream, right?
- Replace kitchen roll with tea towels. These are something people already have for drying the dishes so you can just repurpose some for spills and other kitchen roll duties, instead of having to waste money on disposable kitchen roll, which saves paper and saves you having to get rid of the plastic wrapping it comes in .
- Use reusable bags instead of constantly buying new bags for life. Keep some in your handbag or pocket for grocery shopping, and impromptu trips to the shops so you don’t have to shell out 22c for a bag, or in Dunnes you pay 70c for a ‘bag for life’. Zero Wasters talk about getting cloth totes, but of course you can use what you already have, as everyone probably has a shameful cupboard stuffed to the brim with plastic bags.
- Buy fruit and veg package free. This is the easiest place to start food-wise as most supermarkets have fruit and veg packaged and unpackaged so you can opt for the latter the next time you go grocery shopping. You can put them straight into your basket and onto the conveyer belt at the till and wash them when you get home or I prefer to buy from small markets (Take that, corporations!) and there you can use your own cloth bags if you have them. You can buy just one apple if you want, instead of a whole bag of them. This is great if you are shopping for just yourself and you know you won’t finish a whole bag of fruit/veg before it goes bad or if you want to try out a new smoothie combo and you don’t want to commit to it for the whole week 🙂
Hope this is helpful, these were the easiest things I could think of! You can’t go Zero Waste overnight but you can make small changes and build new habits and take it from there 🙂