7 Steps to Zero Waste
Quite often we don't know where to start. Here are a few simple steps you can take to start you on your Zero Waste journey:
STEP 1. REFUSE single use plastic water bottles.
Using a refillable water bottle rather than buying single use plastic bottles is one of the single most important things you can do. There are enough plastic bottles on the earth to circle it four times! Worst thing is that most plastic is not recycled and ends up polluting our oceans.
STEP 2. DITCH the straw.
If you really need one, there are plenty of reusable stainless steel ones that come with their own little brush. Single use plastic straws are extremely wasteful, have a big carbon footprint, are discarded minutes after being used and are impossible to recycle.
STEP 3. TAKE your own bags.
Plastic bags are big polluters that can be easily avoided. Take your own reusable grocery bags when you go shopping.
You can also make your own produce bags for buying in bulk or buy some from us!
STEP 4. Buy local and organic at the farmer's market.
By following this simple rule you are reducing your carbon footprint effortlessly. Imported fruits and vegetables not only cost more but come with a heavier carbon and water footprint, are often laden with harmful pesticides and don't taste half as good!
STEP 5. Buy secondhand.
Only if you have already examined the option of refusing, reusing and reducing. If you still need it and cannot borrow it from a friend or neighbour, buy it second hand. These days you can buy almost ANYTHING second hand.
STEP 6. Become a Food Waste Rebel!
The sheer magnitude of food that is wasted every year from households alone is striking. The shocking thing is we are not the biggest offenders. Supermarkets in the UK alone throw around 18 million tonnes of food waste to landfills every year. Here are some things we can do: Serve small portions and finish the food on your plate. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers. Compost your own food waste. Buy the ugly fruit. Yes you heard right. The majority of fruit and veg that are discarded are the ones that may have an odd shape or a few small scratches. Consumer demand for perfect food not only puts an unrealistic strain on farmers but ensures that perfectly good food is thrown out.
STEP 7. Plan ahead and take your own stuff.
Whether it's taking a reusable coffee cup to work, packing a wrapper free lunch box for your kids or taking your own utensils, try to think ahead and be ready with your zero waste alternatives!