38 Ways to Start Living a Zero-Waste Life Today

by - July 06, 2019







This is a guide to help you live a zero-waste life and reduce your environmental footprint.



1. Analyze your waste to figure out the most important areas that you need to work on more


2. Start Using Ecosia as a search engine, with the search ads that come on your searching page, Ecosia will use 80% of the money to plant trees. On average 45 searches will plant a tree. 

3. Refuse what you don’t need: think before accepting any clutter into your home. 

4. Refuse napkins and plastic bags when you get a takeaway.

5. Instead of accepting a plastic bag, refuse it and use a reusable bag or no bag. 

6. Shop in bulk as much as you can and bring your own jars. 

7. Instead of using a plastic straw, use a reusable one or no straw at all. 


8. Instead of buying a disposable water bottle, use a reusable water bottle made out of glass or stainless steel. 






9. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush instead of using plastic toothbrushes.


10. Stop using plastic coffee cups, use instead of a reusable one.

11. Use bar soap that comes without packaging.

12. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.

13. Use wax food wrapper instead of plastic and foil wrappers





14. Get a library card

15. Open your windows to air your home or to cool it down

16. Get some houseplants to purify the air in your home

17. Give menstrual cup a try

18. Use reusable produce bags when shopping for fruits and veggies

19. Use more home-made skincare (they’re safe and more effective than chemical ones)

20. Plan your meals to avoid food waste

21. Use baking soda as toothpaste

22. Repair it when it breaks

23. Don’t buy it, if you can borrow it

24. Plant herbs and vegetables in your garden or get some pots for that

25. Collect rainwater to use later for watering your plants

26. Pack your lunch instead of eating out

27. Bring your own containers when getting a take-away food or taking your leftovers

28. If it’s less than 30 minutes walk, walk to it.

29. Use a metal safety razor instead of a plastic one

30. Use both sides of the paper


31. Make home cleaning splices and products or buy a concentrated product that will enable you to use fewer bottles. 




32. Reduce what you do need: Only buy what you need NOW instead of buy just because it seems like a good deal or because you might need it some day.

33. Reuse the old clothes and rugs to clean around your house


34. Donate your old books and clothes

35. Try to buy second hand as much as you can

36. Recycle what you can and compost instead of throwing your food in the trash. 
37. Talk more about zero-waste around you and let others be inspired.


38. Collect memories and not things.


In the end, you’ll have to keep in mind that the goal isn’t to go zero-waste over night, it’s really the small actions and habits you build everyday that will reduce waste that you should aim for because added up they’ll make a huge difference.









Do you need encouragement to get started? here are some quotes to inspire you to live on less




























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