After giving up plastic in 2012, I realised that the only waste I was generating was the small amount of non-avoidable plastic, food waste and recycling. I began to wonder if I really needed a bin at all. Once I’d got my plastic-free habit down pat, I began to work on reducing my waste altogether.
It was only later that I heard of the zero waste movement, and I realised that was a pretty good description of how I was living my life.
Zero Waste – What Does It Mean?
The zero waste lifestyle is about sending nothing to landfill. For me, it is about recycling as little as possible, too. The goal is to produce no landfill and no recycling, but in reality, there will always be things that slip through the net.
It is not about being perfect; it is about making better choices.
I see recycling as a last resort: it is always better to refuse, reduce, re-use and repair before recycling anything. I still recycle – I’m not perfect! – but I’m always thinking about my waste, refining my choices, and aspiring to do better next time.
For me, the zero waste lifestyle looks like this:
- It is about choosing products that are well-made and built to last, that can be repaired, and won’t end up in landfill once life-expired.
- It is about choosing reusables over single-use items.
- It is about favouring second-hand over new, and valuing resources.
- It is about refusing anything unnecessary.
- It is about asking questions.
- It is about embracing creativity: thinking of solutions, problem-solving, and discovering new and better ways of doing things.
- It means thinking about the end-life of a product before I take it and bring it home.
A Day in the Life: What Zero Waste Living Looks Like in My House
Read this article to find out what zero waste living looks like in our household.
Starting Out With Zero Waste Living (and How I Got Rid of My Bin)
Zero waste is a journey. You can read how I got rid of my bin here. Please realise that it didn’t happen overnight!
Useful Blog Posts for Zero Waste Living
- Essentials for a Zero Waste Kitchen
- Zero Waste (+ Plastic Free) Gardening
- Local Zero Waste Living + How to Shop at Bulk Stores
- Zero Waste Living: What About Recycling?
- 8 Lessons Learned from 4 Years of Zero Waste Living
- My Chemical Free Natural (+ Edible) Skincare Regime
- Zero Waste Week: 15 Things I Reuse (And One I Don’t)
- A (Surprisingly Easy) Way to Generate Less Waste
Dealing with Food Waste
Up to 30% of the average household rubbish bin is made up of food waste. That isn’t just good food that’s expired, it’s also things like peels, husks, cores and other scraps. Find a way to deal with your food waste and your waste will drop dramatically!
- How to Compost for Zero Waste Living Without a Compost Bin
- Bokashi Bins: the Whats, Hows and Whys
- Worm Farms…Tips and Tricks
- How to Build a DIY Worm Farm
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