Zero-Waste Lifestyle: How to Start
The zero-waste lifestyle is not yet very common. However, more and more people are learning about it and becoming followers. We joined the popularization of conscious consumption and waste reduction, so today, we will talk about this concept and how everyone can join.
Step 1: Drop the Plastic and Take a Canvas Bag to the Store
Polyethylene bags take 100–500 years to decompose. The plastic bag was first created in 1957 in the United States. That means that no polyethylene bag in the history of their existence has decomposed yet.
It is important to pay attention to how much garbage you personally produce. People often take plastic bags unconsciously because stores offer them for free. If you replace plastic bags with reusable ones, you’ll reduce the amount of garbage in your trash can.
The store should not put fruit in separate plastic bags. Instead, you can stick the price tag on the fruit itself or buy it from the market.
Reusable bags come in many different materials. Cotton bags are convenient because they are compact. Bags made of jute or canvas are denser and often have a flat bottom, which is convenient for heavy products.
Step 2 Carry a Water Bottle
Choose a nice bottle and drown your thirst without damaging the environment!
About 60 million tons of garbage are thrown away every year worldwide. On average, one person throws out 25 kilograms of plastic a year, or about a thousand plastic bottles. Of all total garbage, only 4% is sent to proper disposal.
You don’t want to sit on a personal mountain of garbage. Luckily, there is a simple and almost painless way to reduce your waste: stop buying water in single-use plastic bottles.
Step 3: Give Up Disposable Cups
Many consider disposable cups convenient, beautiful, and safe, but to ecologists, they’re a real disaster.
Every day 1.6 billion cups of coffee are sold worldwide. Drinks are poured into disposable cups, which become garbage immediately after the contents are gone. You can easily avoid this amount of waste: bring your own reusable cup to the café when you buy a drink. Pulling out your clean mug for the barista is legal!
Step 4: Buy Cosmetics in Paper Packaging or Without Packaging
Shampoos, shower gels, and body washes from plastic bottles can be replaced with bar versions. It is not only useful for nature but also for you: such products are usually the most natural and safest.
Step 5: Begin to Sort Waste
You can start collecting one or more types of waste separately.
By throwing everything into the dumpster, we throw away not just the things but also all the resources spent on production (energy, water, minerals, etc.). Each of us is a small waste factory with an annual volume of more than 400 kg. As society progresses, our natural resources are being depleted, and garbage volumes are only increasing.
If you want to help the environment or simply want to clean your karma, start small. Sort your garbage at home. Find the nearest reception point on the recycle map, and select a place in the apartment for paper, plastic, glass, aluminum. Take a small batch, and you’ll realize it’s very simple to do.
As you can see, zero waste is not such a difficult set of measures, but the results can be impressive! Besides the fact that you will not produce garbage (which, by the way, can be up to a few tons per year per family), you will also be saving money by buying only what you need. According to some data, by adhering to the concept of zero waste, you can save up to 40% of your budget.
Join the modern movement. It will benefit not only nature but also your wallet and mood!