How To Become A Minimalist And Go Zero-Waste






I’ve always wanted to be a Minimalist, as many of us would want to be, I mean who wouldn’t like to do something good, not only for himself but also for the environment. However, I kept carrying the idea without taking action on it until I watched this inspiring interview with 
Bea Johnson who wrote the book Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste and most importantly who was living a real minimalist life. The interview was so inspiring, she had a beautiful house that was so spacious and looked super tidy, just because she only owned what she does need. Adding to that she’s living in a zero-waste home. She doesn’t take out any garbage.

Now to set minimalism as a goal is too vague. The key for me to get me started was this goal, a zero-waste home!

It even helped me to buy less because I was dreading the garbage I’ll have from throwing the package. I ended up feeling much better with each item I didn’t buy, because I don’t need most of them in the first place and eventually I found better alternatives.


Start using Vaseline:


As an alternative to beauty products, I fell in love with Vaseline, it was just perfect, I use it for everything

- Face: My skin, once dry and sensitive, is now well moisturized and looks a lot younger than ever before. I become more confident to go out with no makeup on. Although I still have to wear a sunscreen when going out.
- Eyelashes: Vaseline made them look thicker and longer, I’m sure no mascara can make them look this beautiful.
- Hands: My dry hands used to be a nightmare, I’m constantly applying creams and lotions. With Vaseline, I don’t have to apply it all day long and the result is so satisfying.
- Body, eyebrows, nails you name it. Here are some 20 
Beauty Hacks using Vaseline


If anything, I discovered that natural substances can be more useful than any chemical product and not to mention cheaper. 



Start using baking soda:


- As a shampoo: with water alone or with your shampoo.
- As a deodorant: to neutralize your body odor.
- As a mouthwash: in a half glass of water.
- As a handwash dishes: with your regular detergent
- As a cleaner: to the oven, microwave, floors, furniture, shower curtains, laundry with your regular detergent.
- As a deodorant: for your refrigerator, trash can, drains, dishwasher, lunch boxes, closets, cars, shoes…


Here are 51 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda




To make zero-waste a lifestyle, you’ll need to do the following:

- Prepare some jars, containers for milk and juice and some cloth for the bread which can be a simple pillow case.

- Buying without package: see what’s available in the supermarket without packaging, go to bulk stores and buy, when possible, second-hand clothes.

- Stop accepting freebies, business cards if you already have the contacts or you know you won’t need it. Stop accepting plastic bags when you have your 
own 
reusable bag.





In the kitchen:

1- Swap paper towels for reusable rags.

2- Shop vegetables and eggs from farmer’s market and take with you the egg’s carton and your basket or a reusable bag.

3- Reuse the single-printed
papers for shopping lists

4- Reuse vegetables and fruits cleaning water to water your plants.

5- Use baking soda and white vinegar to clean
 the kitchen (oven, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher…)

6- For the food that can be 
frozen, cook much of it and save it in the freezer.

7- When buying food, don’t buy more because it’s on promotion, only buy what you really need and the quantity that you really need. Write a list before you go shopping and stick to it.

8- Grow your own herbs. If you have a little garden, make it useful and plant in some vegetables you eat constantly. Even if you haven’t a garden, you still can grow them in pots.


In the bathroom:


1- Use baking soda as a deodorant

2- Refill your bottles with bulk shampoo.

3- Buy package-free solid soap.


Closet:

1- The rule 
is: Anything you didn’t wear for a year and a half you’re not going to wear it ever, so donate what you don’t wear.

2- Keep your closet minimal.

3- Shop as few times as you can per year to avoid compulsive buys.

4- Buy second-hand clothes.

5- Bring a reusable bag for your purchases.

6- Use the worn-out clothes as rags.

7- Learn few sewing tricks. Repair your clothes or make something useful out of it instead of throwing it.



Cleaning:

1- Start using natural cleaning alternatives such ass: baking soda, white vinegar, Castile soap, borax… here are 25 DIY Green Cleaning Recipes For the Whole House!

2- Buy dishwasher and laundry detergent in bulk.

3- Open the 
windows instead of using an air freshener and let houseplants absorb toxins.

4- Do the laundry as few times as you can.


General tips:

1- If you have a habit of coffee, make it at home. If you want to drink it at work, make it at home and take it with you in a flask.

2- Sign up for free customer rewards program, but don’t just buy to collect points. Let it be a long-term investment.

3- Turn off the TV, it not only consumes energy, but your time most importantly. Instead of spending time in front of TV, do something you love.

4- Use the nearby park to jog and do your exercises, instead of going to the gym. It not only saves you money, but also having some fresh air can reduce your stress considerably.

5- Cut down your expenses. Remove luxuries from your budget, buy what you can from thrift, buy exactly what you need when it comes to clothes.

6- Consume less. When it comes to saving electricity and water, it might not seem that consuming less of them will pay off or make any difference at least
on the short term. But it actually makes a difference, it might not be a great deal when it comes to money, but it’s a way to train yourself to live minimalist.

7- Use cheaper transportation. Walk as much as you can and use carpool. When using your car to shop, start with the furthest destination for maximum fuel efficiency.

8- Always have shopping baskets and bags in your car. You can buy them or make them. Here’s
a way to make your own grocery bag.



These were some ideas and tips to inspire you to live a minimalist. The main thing is to keep in mind that your goal is a zero-waste, then you can imagine the alternatives for anything.
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