Updated: Aug 9, 2019
Alright, hold on, don’t get too scared about this. Zero waste can sound like a pretty daunting idea. “How is that possible? No waste at all?” I hear you cry. Actually, the zero-waste movement is about waste reduction. And it’s all very easy.
So, like with any lifestyle change, it is best to take it slowly. Start with one simple, manageable switch at a time. It’s a process. It takes practice and time. But once you start going and start making little behaviour changes every day it will become easier and easier.
Here’s a list of the top 5 easy beginner zero-waste switches to get you going.
What else will help you on this journey? The most important thing is attitude. You aren’t going to go from your average waste producer to having a mason jar of trash containing 3 items overnight. It’s just not realistic. But some healthy, achievable goals can help you get to your lower waste destination easier.
What about trying one switch per week? If you’re feeling ambitious maybe you could try one every few days. The important thing is to try. And sometimes we will stumble and fall, that’s okay too. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Don’t beat yourself up if you have to buy something that will cause you to produce unnecessary waste. No one is perfect in this world (if they were, imagine how boring it would be). Just try to learn from it and move on.
It’s a great idea to check out local low-waste hotspots. E.g. Granel/bulk stores, Refill centres, plastic free shops/ supermarkets/ aisles. Check out what information you have available online. There are so many zero-waste groups with local advice for your specific location.
Look for inspiration. Some people are out there with their jars of trash that they’ve collected over the years, amazing! This is a huge community of people spreading the message with tips and encouragement so see what you can find.
You can follow our zero-waste journey tips, starting with the beginners moves up to more advanced zero-wasting. Share your journey with us, let us know how you’re getting on, we’d love to hear from you.
Most importantly, Good Luck and stay positive ☺
By Lydia Gaskell
Photos: Andrea Torres