Living with less waste
These past few months we've been trying to cut down on the amount of plastic we've been using. It's crazy to see just how much stuff has single us plastic wrapped all over it! We've definitely not perfected it yet but I wanted to share with you some of the changes we have made that has been quite successful.
1. Plastic Cover Produce - we've been going to our local farmers market for a while now which has definitely decreased our single plastic waste in the veg department. If you don't have a local market, I definitely recommend avoiding plastic covered fruit and veg by heading to a larger supermarket or Whole Foods is good, where you can get fruit and veg sans plastic.
2. Store Cupboard Goods - instead of buying smaller bags of pasta, beans, rice etc. buy the larger bags, you usually get more for your money too. Our next step to reduce waste in this department is to check out our local zero waste store where you can bring along your own kilner jars and muslin bags and fill them with all the grains and beans you want.
3. In The Kitchen - we've changed from buying washing up sponges wrapped in plastic to loose green cleaners and cloths which can be washed and reused. My mum is also really great at composting and has been doing it for years so any peels etc don't throw in the bin, compost it! My mum has also started making her own stock with the stalks of veg which is soooo good, it gives your food such a fresher taste and is 100% better than buying those stock cubes from the supermarket!
4. Out and About - when heading out somewhere I know there won't be water, I'll bring a reusable water bottle. I'm also looking into getting a reusable coffee cup (although mine would mostly be for tea) and a summery iced coffee version too. Metal straws and some mini cutlery are also on the wishlist too.
5. In The Bathroom - I haven't really made much progress in this department unfortunately, other than the occasional eco beauty products. My next steps are to have a thorough look through all the beauty products I own and decide whether I want to keep and use up or donate (never throw anything away, that will just create more waste)! Then I'm going to start making some sustainable switches like shampoo, a bamboo toothbrush, and getting some organic tampons (these are the ones I'm looking into at the moment). Once, I've done these, I'll definitely give you guys another little update.
We still have a long way to go and I think it will definitely be easier for me once I live on my own. But small steps are better than no steps!
If you're looking a kick start into a zero waste lifestyle too, I've just discovered the wonderful Ethical Box - you can get a starter kit which includes a tote, reusable coffee cup, bamboo toothbrush and metal straws! You can find it here, I'll definitely be ordering one!
If you have any zero waste tips or changes you've made at home, let us know in the comments below!