An Introduction To Adopting a Zero Waste Lifestyle

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If you were to accuse me of living under a rock, I would not be in the least bit offended. My general knowledge is shocking because I seldom listen to the news or read a newspaper.   

If it weren’t for the contributed posts I’ve received I would not have heard of “Upcycling” or a “Zero Waste Lifestyle”.

Turns out these are hot topics right now. And so they should be. 

As parents, we know we have to start taking care of our world so that our children have a world to live in.

I know I have a lot to learn about preserving the last of our precious resources.  Care to learn with me?  

Let’s not be the last to know.  On with the contributed post…

An Introduction To Adopting a Zero Waste Lifestyle

It is time to get a little serious now; we have a serious problem, and that problem is waste. It has been shown that on average, each person creates around one million pounds (in weight) of waste each year. That is a heck of a lot of waste! And while plenty of it can and will be recycled, there will be some that will just go to landfill. But really, how can it be possible to create so much waste for us all on a daily basis? But even from making one meal, there are going to be things that need to be thrown away.

Living a completely zero waste life can be tricky, especially as places around us like the supermarkets, can make it trickier. But if you’re committed to making some changes in your life, and make a commitment to reduce your waste, then here are some tips to help.

Declutter

It might sound a little counterproductive to declutter your home, but it can strip your home back to basics. You can have things in there that you need, and not have any excess. Plus, you don’t just have to throw it away. You can resell, give to charity or pass on to family members things that are in good quality but that you no longer need. It can be a good idea to look for the cheapest and best rubbish removal service local to you as well. This can be especially good if they sort through it and can recycle some of what you send to them too. Then what goes to landfill will only be the things that can not be reused or recycled.

Down with Disposables

There are so many things that we will use in our everyday life that are going to clutter the planet or take years and years to break down, if at all. Take your kitchen, for example. Paper towels can be replaced by reusable cloths or rags. Sandwiches and leftovers can be placed into a reusable container, rather than a plastic wrap. Other things that you can do are taking your own bags to the store, as well as getting a reusable water bottle and coffee cup. Then the plastic bottles will not be littered everywhere.

Love Your Leftovers

There can be so much food waste from things that we haven’t eaten in time, to food that we made too much of. So love your leftovers and eat them again! Many things can be frozen and eaten again at a later date, if you can’t eat it the next day, for example. If you can’t at them or freeze them in time, or they have gone bad, then think about composting them. The goodness from them can go back into the earth, to help plants and garden insects.

Go Paperless

With the internet, we are blessed with a way of storing things online or logging in and checking things like bank statements online. So where you can, go paperless. Only print out what you need, and opt-in to paperless if there is an option. Many stores will even email over a receipt now, rather than print one out.

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Over to You

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