We only have a set amount of land mass, and when we throw away our trash we are using up this space. So why do we have so many landfills? The convenience of single-use products!
Our actions are creating heat waves, drought, fishless oceans, and mass extinction. The very things that make today convenient are also pushing us towards inconceivable inconveniences tomorrow. Zero-waste living helps keeps you mindful of these impacts.
There are initial costs. You have to buy the jars, reusable cups, and produce bags (to name a few). Although, once you have these items there isn't a need to keep getting them. So, even though there are initial up-front costs, in the long run, you will be saving money!
Not only are plastic water bottles wasteful they contain harmful chemicals that can leach into the water. Instead, use a reusable water bottle made from natural materials like bamboo.
Fun Fact: the process of producing plastic-bottled water requires around 6 times as much water, per bottle, as there is in the container.
No need to give up straws, just the plastic ones!
We have all seen that picture of the turtle with a straw stuck in its nose, and honestly, straws haven’t seemed necessary since. Especially, when there are metal and paper alternatives.
These straws also come with a cleaner, so you don’t have to worry about a colony of bacteria chilling-out in your straw.
Can reusable produce bags actually make a difference? Well, every minute 1-million plastic bags are used, with an average working-life of 15 minutes. So yes, the small task of using reusable bags can make all the difference.
If you are just starting, you can use the plastic bags in the produce section. Then, just keep cleaning and reusing them until they fall apart.
This utensil set fits perfectly in your purse or bag, so you won't ever need to use plastic cutlery again. This is also perfect for people living nomadic lifestyles or people that just like to travel. You never know when you’ll need a quick spoon or fork.
Since this utensil kit come with little carrier pouch, you can also add a bottle opener or can opener. This will help maximize your preparedness, while also low-key saving the environment.
Mason jars are great for storing your pantry goods and, of course, jarring seasonal veggies and fruits. Just bring them to your local bulk store and load up on your grains, beans, nuts, and sauces-plastic free.
To ensure the weight of the jar is deducted from the total price, weigh your jars at the front of the store before filling them up.
If you are just starting, use the jars you already have, like an empty pickle jar. I use the glass jar from the [vegan mayo I buy to load up on bulk foods. I do find that using a little jar to top off the large ones is much easier than bringing all your jars to the Bulk Barn. This is especially true if you plan to do your errands on foot.
When going zero-waste a compost bin is a must!
Tip: Put your compost in the freezer to prevent it from smelling.
You can also alleviate the compost bin by freezing any of the ends or trimmings from veggies. Then, at the end of the month make a big pot of vegetable broth.
Finally, reusable food wraps WITHOUT beeswax.
The beeswax wraps have been around for a while now, but they aren't technically vegan. For this reason, I never bought any, just patiently waited for the vegan alternative. Well, that time has arrived, the vegan alternative is here! Woop, Woop!
These bamboo toothbrushes are so cool!
Who would have thought something as simple as a toothbrush could have such a devastating impact on the environment. How big of an impact? Well, over a billion toothbrushes, about 50 million pounds of waste, end up in landfills per year.
Not to worry, these bamboo toothbrushes got your back. Plus, they are made with charcoal to help get those teeth sparkling white.
You have your zero-waste items, but what now? Check out Top 4 Ways to Transition to Zero-Waste Living.