Quarantine might be the perfect time to reflect on our consumer lifestyles and make responsible changes, like finding ways to go zero waste. Going zero waste is a change that you can implement from the safety of home, right now. Here are our 4 top ways to go zero waste, today:
1. Do a Bathroom Audit
One of the best things you can do with extra time is audit toiletry, cosmetic, and wellness products for sustainability. Start by studying the items in your bathroom and their brands to determine how sustainable their packaging is. For any products which cannot be recycled or composted, it’s time to choose alternate options that won’t end up in landfills. It’s important to note, however, that recycling products should be your last resort. Given that 91% of the world’s plastic waste isn’t recycled, a zero-waste lifestyle is based on the premise that sending waste to be recycled is minimized if not avoided completely.
2. Start Cooking Smart
A zero-waste kitchen is a kitchen in which groceries, electricity, water, and gas are used sparingly. Thus, the key is to prepare only the necessary amount of food and freeze leftovers for another meal. It’s also a great time to start composting your unsalvageable food scraps instead of tossing them in the trash.
3. Start a Compost
Avoid wasting any raw materials such as vegetable peels, bread crumbs, and eggshells by composting at home. If you don’t have a garden of your own to which you can add your compost, ask your neighbors if they’d like you to drop off your top-quality, all-natural fertilizer!
4. Reuse Water
The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened our awareness toward the importance of basic hygiene. But over-washing is unhelpful and wastes precious water. In lieu of a hose, reuse water from washing groceries and packaged items in your garden, yard, or for cleaning outdoor surfaces.
Complete Your Zero Waste Journey With rePurpose
Despite our best efforts, we live in a world in which packaging and waste is commonplace, and part of almost every consumer purchase. In addition to taking the above steps, you can ensure you’re being responsible for your waste by offsetting your plastic footprint with rePurpose Global. For every kg of plastic you use, we recover and recycle an equivalent amount, keeping waste out of the outdoors on your behalf. Complete your zero waste journey by going Plastic Neutral with us!