If you come across something that does not fall into one of these categories then write to the manufacturer. The solution starts with them.
Where to Start
Change your shopping habits and start to think small. Look for local produce that is available at farm markets and other similar outlets. Consider buying products in bulk and always take your own containers so that you can buy with no packaging. Cereals, pasta, oil, honey and soap are amongst the many things that you can conveniently purchase to take home in your own jars and containers, using up every remnant to leave zero waste!
Always travel with your own reusable bags, avoiding plastic wherever you can. Plastic is never completely recyclable as components are always left over, not to mention the process of recycling it, which releases poisonous gases.
Opt for glass and stainless steel wherever possible for hygienic, environmentally friendly, long lasting container options.
Make Your Own
If you cannot find products with zero packaging why not consider making your own! The internet is full of tutorials to make your own toiletries, including toothpaste, deodorant and hair products. We will be sharing some on here in the coming weeks too. You will find that you save money, plus your skin will be very grateful for the break from chemically packed store bought cosmetics.
It has been estimated that around one third of household waste is compostable, so this is a great way to make a difference and keep your bin empty! Food scraps, cardboard and paper towels can all be composted and create wonderful nutrient rich mulch for your garden. If you do not have space to compost your own food waste look around for a communal one that you can use.
On your bike
Try to use an alternative to your car whenever possible. Using a bike or walking are great choices that also boost your fitness. If that is not convenient then opt for public transport or join a car co-op to reduce your family’s waste even while you are out and about.
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