If you’re interested in going zero waste, this is a great place to start! Try doing one, two, three or all of the things on this list– everything is completely free and it’s a start toward creating less waste and lowering your carbon footprint!
- Donate all of your gently worn and used clothes and shoes to charity (or a thrift store, or a drop-bin for used clothes).
- Get more wear out of your clothes! Only wash them when they are actually dirty. Heavier items like denim do not need to be washed after every wear. You can also usually get more than one wear out of sweatshirts and sweaters, especially if you wear an undershirt with them.
- If you can, don’t get a receipt after you make a purchase or tell the cashier “no” when they ask if you would like one.
- Walk, use public transportation, or carpool whenever possible.
- Sign-up for digital billing and have all of your monthly bills sent to your email instead of having paper bills mailed to you.
- Unplug non-essential items when not in use (hairdryer, toaster, microwave, blender, nightlamp)
- If it isn’t really saturated or gross (or even if it is, extra brownie points for you!) pick up trash you see in your daily life—old food container on a bench? Toss it in the trash, or even better, a recycling bin if possible!
- Turn off the water when you’re not using it while you’re brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face.
- Avoid plastic bags whenever possible – if you’re just getting one or a few items, toss them in your bag or book bag (in this case, maybe you’ll want to get a receipt so it doesn’t seem as if you stole the items, lol).
- When you go out to eat, bring your own to-go containers with you for any leftovers!
** BONUS: Carry a set of reusable utensils with you! I carry a set that includes a fork, spoon, knife and chopsticks. I plan to upgrade to a stainless steel set in the future, because the one I currently have is plastic and I’m trying to slowly eliminate my use of plastics (baby steps!)
So there you have it. Ten ways you can start going zero waste TODAY.
Remember, Don’t be overwhelmed! It’s a marathon not a sprint. It’s hard to try to go completely zero waste overnight — but small changes over a longer period of time often make the biggest difference and leave the greatest impact!
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