It might sound impossible but with a few changes to your lifestyle you could reduce your amount of waste, being a zero waste family isn’t impossible, but would need serious time and conviction, almost impossible for people to achieve so here are some ways you can reduce your waste.
Some forward thinking shops like Lidl have just started to introduce food hoppers, where you can fill up paper bags, to reduce packaging. If you shop for a month each time you need to buy food items such as nuts, raisins and so fourth, it will reduce the amount of paper bags you will need. You could also take your own plastic sandwich bags, which are washed out and dried each use, to reduce even this waste.
Take your own shopping bags to the shops, this has become the norm in the UK, but make sure you use the same one for any meat and wash regularly, fabric bags are best for this as they last much longer than plastic bags.
Buy vegetables from the market where you don’t need to put them into plastic bags, avoid pre-prepared veggies and meals, as these create lots of unnecessary waste. If you have space try and create your own vegetable garden, even if it’s just growing some tomatoes or potatoes in pots, because then you know how they’ve been grown and will save you money. Work out ways to preserve your crops, as they always tends to be a glut, or come to an arrangement with a neighbour about swapping some with their harvest.
Buy your meat from the butcher to avoid over packaging.
Consider making your own beauty products such as toothpastes to reduce waste, you’ll need:
About 1/2 cup coconut oil.
2-3 Tablespoons of baking soda.
2 small packets of stevia powder.
15-20 drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil.
10 drops myrrh extract (optional)
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