Zero Waste for Beginners
Being zero waste doesn’t need to be complicated and you don’t need to change your life to improve the earth. I’ve made a list of everything I have slowly transitioned to over the past year of starting my zero-waste commitment hoping to inspire someone else to do the same.
Food scraps that go to the landfill only create harmful methane gas which is released into the environment as the items cannot breakdown properly. Chucking your food scraps into a compost bin or even into a redundant area of your garden is the easiest and best way to help the environment and current climate crisis we are facing.
Check your local hardware store for the variety of compost bin options which are available.
Check out this short but informative article about composting and the effects on our environment. https://www.rcbc.ca/resources/faqs/composting5
From Tea Bags to Tea Strainers
Tea bags contain small particles of plastic that don’t break down and can access our water ways and sea life (not handy), this was the first thing I changed when becoming zero waste, it takes no less effort and costs no more than making a cup of tea with your usual tea bag.
Loose tea leaves and tea strainers can be purchased from supermarkets and boutique tea stores like T2.
Change out that e coli infested sponge which resembles Sponge Bob after a bender for a reusable fabric dish cloth. Chuck it in the wash each week and you’ll never run out of bench cleaning tools again.
Lidded Containers and Bowls
Pretty simple really, eject glad wrap from your life and invest in some bowls/containers with lids. Much less fiddly than plastic wrap when you’re trying to have a sneaky munch in the middle of the night.
Slightly more expensive than your traditional plastic toothbrush, bamboo handled brushes are slowly infiltrating the oral hygiene market. Once you’re done with it you can either throw it in the garden to decompose or use it as kindling in winter.
Another reason glad wrap has an unwholly place in our kitchen; used primarily to mummify cheese once the packet has been opened. Cheese needs to breathe and should not be sitting in a plastic sauna of its own sweat, cheese cloth can be purchased from spotlight and cut to whatever length you require. Wrap your cheese and VOILA! Once done just chuck it in the wash and start again.
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