Zero waste baby steps
Starting zero waste is not something that you can do from one day to the other. But, it’s important to start taking small steps to minimize the waste we produce. With a little effort, it would be easy to eventually achieve our goals. We buy things just without thinking whether we need them or not, and consequently, we’re consuming way too many resources. The more we consume, the more waste needs to be sent to landfills. Landfills are toxic and are a big contribution to pollution.
There are many ideas that can help you get started in this process. The easiest thing is to change small habits in your home, in the products you already have, to start in waste 0.
In the bathroom, it’s a good idea to switch to soaps and shampoos in tablets, as not only do they last much longer than bottled ones, but they also don’t generate more waste. It is also a good idea to switch to reusable cleaning cottons, which you can use countless times and wash them from time to time without losing their usefulness. Bamboo brushes, another bathroom classic, which prevents us from using normal plastic brushes and can be composted once discarded.
In the kitchen, reuse glass jars to store food or store bulk products. Just like in the bathroom, in the kitchen, you can also use bar soap and make your own disinfectants. If you store white vinegar with some lemon and orange peels for 3 or 4 weeks you can create your own kitchen and floor disinfectant. It can also be used to clean vegetables before cooking, as it removes pesticide residues. As an alternative use and against mosquito bites you can also use it and take advantage of its antibacterial properties.
It is a good idea to make purchases in local stores and buy bulk products, to avoid the use of plastic consumption and thus avoid storing it at home. When it comes to shopping, it is much better to bring our own bags, the cotton tote bags are an essential accessory today! You never know when you’ll need them and you will be doing the environment a favor. Garbage separation is also important. If you still cannot reach the total 0 residues in your kitchen, it is a good idea to organize the garbage in different bags according to the container: Plastic, paper, glass, and organic. It would be amazing if we could have our own compost bin at home! But if you don’t have it, you can also use some food scraps as plant fertilizer.
In your day to day, try to have the monthly bills come to your email instead of by post. You will save a lot of unnecessary paper!
Plan your meals. This is a good way to avoid food waste. In Spain: we throw away 7.7 million tons of food every year. Of the entire food chain, it is in the houses where the majority of waste is produced: 1,325.9 million tons of food a year end up in the garbage of Spanish households.
Be clear about how much your time is worth Just as we are addicted to spending money, we are also addicted to spending time. An essential part of minimalism is reconnecting with yourself and your needs, which also applies to your time.
Nobody said it was easy, but in the end, if you make these small changes in your life, you will find that it is very rewarding. Not only will you be helping yourself to live better if not, but you will also be helping the environment.