Starting to live a zero waste lifestyle? Do you know that 45% of wastes collected daily comes from household scraps? It usually comes from the kitchen rubbish and food packaging that our family consumes. Most of the consumer products we have at home are either packed in plastic or tin cans. While some other wastes are those decomposing materials in the family kitchen. These include vegetable cuttings and unfresh vegetables. Improper and over-the-top waste production pollutes not only our homes but the earth in general.
Changing our family’s lifestyle will inevitably reduce the waste produced by every household. Grab your pen and paper and take note as we share tips on how to start a zero waste lifestyle inside your home. Following these little steps will not only make your homes a better place to live in. It also helps the environment to be preserved and well maintained.
1. Cut down your plastic consumption.
Most things we buy in groceries for home use are packed in plastics. To start this initiative, you have to take note that every time you go to the supermarket, you should carry along with you your canisters, and reusable containers. Instead of using plastic bags, you can pick your favorite fruits, vegetable, meat, etc and put them into your reusable containers. By doing this plastic, you can help yourself and the environment by reducing up to 5% of your total waste production. If you don’t have these containers, a paper bag is also a good alternative. Note that paper is a more natural material to be decomposed and even considered a zero-waste material.
2. Say no to single-use dining products.
Our daily lives are full of single-use products. If you love to host parties and gatherings at home, this tip is perfect for you. These include paper cups, plastic bags, plastic straws, stirrers and many more. If we stock these materials at home, it undoubtedly contributes a significant portion of our daily wastes. So instead of buying such things, you can buy more sustainable products instead. Ceramic ware is the best alternatives to single-use dining products. They might cost a bit much, at least they can serve your needs for more ages. In the case of plastic straws and stirrers, there are available metal and glass straws in the market. This makes the straw and stirrers reusable many times. So the next time you hold a party, say no to single-use materials. Use things which are reusable.
3. Follow the Do-it-Yourself Principle.
D-I-Y is a bit challenging. However, take note that it is good to eliminate wastes. As discussed earlier, things we buy commercially are packed in plastics. Soaps, shampoos, conditioners, snacks and all things! So the next time you go to the supermarket, think of the things you can make at home. The internet is home to many D-I-Y projects. These will teach you how to make your washing and cleaning materials at home. Imagine yourself producing your own needs right? It lets you cut not only the waste inside your house. However, it also gives you more savings on your monthly budget. Producing and making your cleaning materials is 60% cheaper than those of the commercial products. This tip also gives you a life-long skill that you could even use to use personal usage, and even for business.
4. Recycle, Recycle and Recycle.
If we really can’t just go away with wastes, then recycle. Some things we use in everyday living will produce wastes. So to get rid of them, we can.
Take note on the following things that you could do for a zero waste living:
- For plastics bottles: We can use them as plant holders by cutting the lid, and boring some holes at the bottom.
- For Plastic bags: We can reuse them for as long as it lasts. Just make sure to bring them with you inside your pockets. Reuse them every time you shop to carry your packages.
- For boxes: big and small boxes are good storage items. You can put in your children’s’ toys inside a box instead of a high stacking cabinet.
There are actually a million recycling ideas over the books and over the internet. So once you produce waste, just check the internet on how to recycle them. There is always a way to recover every waste item we see around us.
You can even sell these materials to junk shops. Where they are bought by grams. There are also some centers that collect plastic to turn it into a plastic brick for industrial constructions. Donate or sell, if you think you don’t have time to recycle. Waste selling is also a good way to live zero waste.
5. Making your own compost pit.
Making a compost pit is one of the best ways to maximize the wastes we have at home. Not all homes can have large open spaces such as terraces or verandas. This is perfect for those homes who cook a lot and loves gardening. Compost pit is a specialized box of soil where we trash our kitchen rubbish. It produces fertilized soil perfect for gardening. If you live in a flat or condominium, it is not a problem. All you need is a specialized box, which you could put into your terraces as a compost pit. Though most of the HBD flats don’t have terraces, you can still do this practice. All you need is a secure box with a cover to be placed in your storage area which you can bring out every once in a while. To start living zero waste, you should learn how to maximise the wastes you generate at home.
To start this method, you should start by choosing an appropriate box that could fit your available space inside or outside the house. Fill it half full with soil, and use this as your trash bin for kitchen wastes. This includes fruits and vegetables peeling, and others. To make sure about the sanitization, secure your compost pit with cover. To properly compose and maintain the soil nutrients, make sure to mix the compost pit once a week with a shovel.
Creating a zero waste home is not accomplished overnight. All you need is the heart and mind to follow the zero-waste living rule. Total dedication and the will to change your lifestyle are the keys to making this possible. All of the tips are easy to follow, but without your total commitment to this cause, your project will inevitably fail.
This principle is not just for your tidier home, but also for the conservation of nature. You might think that this is just a tiny step. However, it’s at least you are doing your little way to make a sustainable home while saving the environment.