It all started in 2008, when Bea Johnson adapted a Zero Waste lifestyle that reduced her entire household waste to a pint-sized container. She has since published her best-selling book, Zero Waste Home, and advocates minimalism, waste reduction and creating environmentally sustainable products.
By now we all know the importance of doing our part to save the environment. There are plenty of ways to do that in our homes, from adjusting the way we purchase our supplies, to switching up the materials we use to make sure that less waste ends up in the landfills. While it can take some effort to achieve a Zero Waste home, you can get started by following these 7 steps.
1. Go Organic
There are plenty of reasons why you should go organic with your bedding sets. Aside from snuggling in the softest organic cotton sheets, you’ll sleep soundly knowing that your bedding set is made with minimally processed fibers and without toxic substances that could be harmful to you and your family’s health. Coyuchi sells a variety of organic bedding sets that pass the strictest environmental standards so every purchase is a win for the environment. They also offer to recycle your linens when you’re finally up for a change which means less waste at home.
2. Minimize Your Closet
It’s always tempting to keep up with the latest fashion trends that we end up buying more than we can actually fit in our closets. A great step to reducing waste at home is making sure you only buy what you need, especially when last season’s trends are already piling up in the corner of the closet. Challenge yourself by clearing out your closets and leaving only what you’ve worn or used in the past two years and donate the rest to charity. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to decide what to wear each day and how much space you’ve freed up in the room.
3. Brush with Bamboo
It’s hygienic to replace our toothbrushes every three months but that also means we’re throwing out large amounts of plastic. Consider switching up your plastic toothbrushes with bamboo alternatives. Brush with Bamboo offers plant-based biodegradable products that require less energy to produce when compared to plastic brushes. Bamboo can also easily biodegrade within six months with the help of commercial composting bins.
4. Buy in Bulk
Stock up on eco-friendly produce bags and start ditching regular packaging that ends up in waste bins as soon as you get home. It’s the same principle as bringing your own bag when you go grocery shopping, but you can take it a step further by consciously reducing plastic waste down to the smallest candy wrappers. Head over to the bulk section where you can choose how much you’ll be purchasing and use reusable produce bags and mason jars to bring them home.
5. Reuse Towels
Paper waste may be less harmful than plastic waste when it comes to the environment, but it doesn’t change the fact that it still requires so much energy to produce to paper towels we end up tossing in the bin. Instead, opt to use reusable towels you can simply toss into the washing machine and they’ll come out fresh for use as often as you need them to be. We love these geometric reusable towels by Mamzelleparisette made with micro-fiber and they look great in the kitchen too.
6. Practice Composting
If you don’t already keep a compost bin at home for food scraps and organic waste, you can start with Biovessel, an easy-to-use compost system that uses food waste to nurture your indoor garden. Simply, dispose your food waste into the layer of soil within the vessel and let nature do the rest. It also comes in a white and wooden finish, perfect for minimal kitchens.
7. Ditch the Batteries
Ditch the batteries and reduce energy consumption by using a solar-powered lamp like the Ellum Solar Light. Charge it for a full day under the sun and you’ll be able to use it for a full six months. You can either attach it on the wall with a magnetic mount or take it with you on the go. How’s that for maximizing the power of sustainable technology.
Are you planning to go Zero Waste at home? Let us know in the comments below.
We’ve also featured 9 eco-friendly home items to help save the environment, so go check that out. And remember to follow us on Pinterest and Facebook to stay updated with latest trends and style inspiration.