These five super simple tips will make a big difference in helping you towards minimising the amount of waste you throw away.
In America there’s approximately 254 million tonnes of waste per year. That’s enough to stretch to the moon and back 25 times. Following a vegan and plant-based diet already cuts down on the waste drastically, but there’s still a lot more we can do as individuals to live more sustainably – especially in our current environmental climate. The following are some zero-waste tips and tricks that can be easily implemented into your everyday life and help you live more sustainably.
Avoid single use items
Throwaway items such as plastic utensils, straws and coffee cups are so ingrained in our consumerist culture that we don’t think about the amount of waste they create throughout the course of the year. Opt to bring your own travel mug to your local coffee chop, invest in bamboo utensils, bring your own mason jar when dining out (to carry leftovers). By implementing these small practices into your routine, soon they can become eco-friendly habits.
Food and lawn waste make up 25% of all waste in landfills, but that number can easily be reduced by starting your own compost system. There are many different ways to compost, but one of the simplest ways is a binless ‘trenching’ method. Simply save all your veggie scraps in a sealed contained or kitchen compost bin, and then bury the scraps at least 8 inches deep in your garden bed.
Buy second hand
On average, American’s throw away 80 pounds of clothing per person every year! Avoid fast-fashion and cheaply made clothes – instead, let thrift stores become your best friend. You can also donate your clothes, rather than throwing them away.
Buy in bulk
The bulk section of the grocery store is a great place to start when going zero-waste. It doesn’t just eliminate excess packaging, but by bringing your own cloth bulk bags or mason jars, you can eliminate the need for plastic bags, and therefore waste altogether.
Why not whip up everything from homemade almond and nut butters? Use Mason Jars to store them in the fridge and cut down on all those cartons piling up in your recycling bin.