With more and more waste ending up in landfills every year it’s more important than ever to become waste free.
Several zero waste bloggers have been hitting the headlines recently for their no waste ways and now I’m starting on my journey to becoming waste free and I’ve created a few tips to help anyone else interesting cutting down on what they throw away.
These 5 tips are easy jumping off points that anyone can implement into their daily routine and get you onto the greener side of life.
Swap plastic tupperwear for glass
Ireland is not a cheap place to buy lunch. Great discount stores like Lidl and Aldi provide everything to make yourself a cheap and cheerful snack more and more of us are bringing food into work and college with us.
With this becomes the need for tupperwear, but while most of us go with plastic it very soon becomes stained or the plastic taste rubs off on our food meaning they end up getting the chunk.
Opt for glass as only is it recyclable but you don’t have to worry about food contamination.
Swap disposable bottle for reusable
We’re all very aware that plastic bottles are one of the most prevalent items in landfills. They have an extremely low recycle rate and even when they are they can only be downcycled.
All of this said they’re one of the easiest items to replace in your day to day life.
Get used to your tap water and refill a reusable bottle. There are a lot of attractive glass and stainless options.
Swap plastic bags for canvas bags
We always have the best intentions when it comes to this. I know myself that I have a pile of canvas shopping bags at home but it’s always the way that you’re queuing up for the cashier and it hits you, you forgot the shopping bag and now you’re going to have to buy a plastic one.
There’s an overwhelming amount of plastic bags in landfills and waterways. As well as being harmful to the environment, they put marine wildlife in danger.
Try to keep them in the trunk of your car, in your handbag / back pack or right by the door so you can get the most out of your reusable bags and the planet.
Ditch disposable sponges for reusable brushes
Disposable sponges are not only incredibly wasteful but they are also a magnet for bacteria and sometimes do more harm than good when it comes to cleaning.
Scrubbing brushes are the most sanitary because they can be throughly cleaned with hot soapy water and lets face it you’re more likely to spend the time cleaning a brush, a sponge on the other hand you’ll just bin.
Rags are also good for those hard to reach places that brushes can’t reach and they can be washed with the rest of the laundry and re used.
Swap paper towels with fabric towels
Even though they’re paper a lot of the things that they are required to clean up render them un-recyclable and most end up in the regular waste bin.
Use tea towels are reusable kitchen cloths to deal with any spills or messes and then pop them into the wash. Easy, peasy.