Six Weeks towards Zero Waste

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Becoming a Zero Waster can seem like a daunting task but breaking it down into steps and tackling just a few a week can get you where you want to be relatively painlessly. Here is a short list of steps inspired by my own journey towards Zero Waste. Every Zero Waster’s list will be different so don’t take this as gospel; it’s just meant as a guide. If you really don’t want to do one of the steps that’s cool, everyone’s journey is different, don’t worry and carry on!

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Week One

Week Two

  • Switch to brands that offer refills where possible, e.g. washing up liquid, laundry liquid, olive oil – check out my Map of Eco-businesses to find one close to you
  • Trial vinegar, water and bicarbonate of soda as cleaning products – check out my article on Sustainable Ethical Cleaning for ideas.
  • Buy a wooden dish brush to replace your plastic one when it’s worn out
  • Swap another 2 items on your shopping list to an alternative in compostable / infinitely recyclable packaging, i.e. paper, glass or metal

Week Three

  • Buy cold meats / cheese from a deli that lets you use your own containers
  • Buy meat from a butcher that will allow you to use your own containers
  • Cover food in the fridge with plates instead of cling film / foil
  • Swap another 2 items on your shopping list to an alternative in compostable / infinitely recyclable packaging, i.e. paper, glass or metal

Week Four

  • Replace liquid soap for an unwrapped bar of soap, or try making your own liquid soap
  • Replace shower gel with an unwrapped bar of soap or your home-made liquid soap
  • Swap another 2 items on your shopping list to an alternative in compostable / infinitely recyclable packaging, i.e. paper, glass or metal
  • Find an easy recipe for one item you buy frequently, e.g. pizza bases, tortillas, bread, moisturiser, crackers, yoghurt,

Week Five

Week Six

  • Switch from cotton pads to a cotton face cloth or reusable cotton pads
  • Switch from paper towels to a reusable cotton cloth for cleaning
  • Read my article on Why Recycling isn’t the Answer and sign petitions that support a low-waste way of living.
  • Share this article with a list of the changes you’ve made.
  • Pause, take stock and give yourself a pat on the back for all you’ve achieved!

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Published by Elaine Butler

I am a circular design consultant helping manfacturers prepare for the circular economy

6 thoughts on “Six Weeks towards Zero Waste

  1. Hi, where do you get your olive oil refilled? -and around how much does it cost?
    We are using 5l cans at the moment, but refills would be a better solution!

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  2. wow, this is very helpful. i’ll keep this article safe so i can return to it often. thanks for all the tips! do you have any more articles about the subject?

    Like

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