Updated: Aug 9, 2019
So, you’ve already begun your journey to a lower waste lifestyle. It’s easy isn’t it? And surprising how just a few small changes can greatly reduce your waste. Once you’ve mastered the top 5, why not try to swap to some other alternatives? Here are our recommendations to help you on your way to zero-waste.
1. Food containers
If you’re a food on the go kind of person, then you may have noticed that take-away or pre-made food usually comes in some sort of plastic container. One way to easily avoid this is to carry your own container with you. You can go to your local take-away place and ask them to put your food in your own container rather than using one of theirs. You can use anything really from a tupper-wear to a metal dish.
Considering that this is something that we do at least twice a day, brushing our teeth is a pretty important part of our daily routine. Toothbrushes are usually made out of plastic and as we frequently change our brush, that’s a lot of plastic waste. Why not switch to an alternative toothbrush such as a bamboo or wooden one? They are made from wood which can be recycled and in some cases even composted. Just be careful when recycling your brush as the bristles may still be plastic.
3. Food wraps
What do you usually do when you half finish a lemon or an avocado? If you typically wrap it in plastic (such as cling-film) then this can end up amounting to a fair amount of plastic waste. A great alternative is a bees-wax wrap. They can be washed and re-used time after time.
4. Cloth food bags
We have already tackled the issue of the plastic bag at the checkout desk. But what about individual plastic bags that are typically used when purchasing lose items (such as fruit and veg). Instead, you can use cloth bags to gather up your items and keep them together for weighing and buying. These are especially useful when going bulk shopping and buying large quantities of unpackaged food.
Did you know that sponges are made of microfibres of plastic? Yikes, what isn’t made of plastic? Luckily there are other options available to ensure that washing our dishes doesn’t mean letting tiny plastic particles into the water system. You can use a brush, which are typically compostable and recyclable or even just a cloth that you may already in home.
By Lydia Gaskell
Photos: Andrea Torres