Are you looking for the most effective ways to begin a zero waste lifestyle?
Deciding to pursue a zero waste lifestyle is a noble endeavor. One which more people should seriously consider. The first step isn’t always easy because you might not be aware of the areas of your life in which you can make changes. Don’t worry, that’s why we’ve written this article!
Avoid plastic like the plague
Plastic is all around us in more ways than people are aware of. Your toothbrush, your comb, your plates, shopping bags, waste paper bags, and even your water bottle. These are just a handful of everyday household products made of plastic. Just take a look around your home and see what else is made of plastic. We guarantee that you’ll be surprised. No need to worry however, now that you are aware of the everyday items made of plastic you can make special effort to avoid using or purchasing these items.
Recycle as much as you can
We live in a consumerist society whereby we are so fond of shopping and buying new things. Recycling has really been a trend that’s been pursued only within the last two decades. And for many, it’s still a way of life that feels inconvenient. What can you recycle you might be asking? Clothes. Take them to goodwill. Paper. Plastic. Metal. Almost anything really. Head on over to your local council office and ask about the recycling programs in your suburb and see how best you can take recycling to a whole new level.
Purchase goods that have minimal packaging
Following hot on the heels of avoiding plastic at all costs, should be the elimination of paper packaging. While it’s not possible to completely get rid of paper (where would our Starbucks coffee come?) it’s possible to buy products that have less packaging. One of the best ways to avoid all the unnecessary packaging is to go straight to the source. Go to the local farmers for example and source your eggs, dairy products – cheese and milk, fruits and vegetables straight from them. Bring your own paper bags to put everything. It can seem cumbersome at first until it becomes habit.
Buy soap, shampoo, and detergents made from natural products
Commercial soaps, detergents, and shampoos have for many years now being touted as some of the most harmful agents that are polluting our natural water bodies. Many people believe that the harmful chemicals in these soaps are removed when water is purified at water plants. However, this isn’t altogether true, and these chemicals such as stabilizers (ethylene oxide), bleach, 1,4-dioxane and phosphates end up in lakes and rivers causing eutrophication and death of eco-systems. Opt for soaps and detergents made from natural products that won’t harm our environment and produce virtually no waste at all.
Turn off any electrical gadgets when not in use
According to Alan Meir from Berkeley Lab, the average American household has at least 50 devices and appliances always connected even they are OFF.
What a lot of people are not aware of is that gadgets and appliances still consume electricity even if they are OFF. For example a fully-charged laptop that’s left plugged in will use 4.5kW-hours of electricity per week. Cable boxes continue to draw 26W even when they are OFF. The resulting wasted energy is enormous when added up.
So what should you do? Unplug the appliances and devices you aren’t using. It’s simple really.
Where to shop for natural products?
If you’re new to this lifestyle you might be wondering where to shop for green and natural products. LokaBee is an online retailer that prides itself on sourcing and selling environmentally-friendly products to families and businesses looking to make a transition to zero waste living.