Six Weeks to Zero Waste – Covid 19 Version

Zero Waste Shopping

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. I’ve tailored it to suit the strange times we’re in at the moment as some zero waste steps aren’t currently available.

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!

And of course by Zero Waste, we really mean low-waste. The only way to create zero waste is to eat, wear and use only locally grown, harvested compostable items made with solar or wind energy.

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 post 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

  • Cover food in the fridge with plates instead of clingfilm / foil
  • Swap another 2 items on your shopping list to an alternative in compostable / infinitely recyclable packaging, i.e. paper, glass or metal
  • When eating out aim to only eat in cafes or restaurants that use reusable crockery and cutlery. Don’t worry, reusables are just as safe if not safer than disposables.
  • Pick one item in your wardrobe or home that needs to be mended and google how to do it or find a place that can do it for you. You’ll find some tips on my post ‘how to repair stuff

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 homemade 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 post on Why Recycling isn’t the Answer and sign petitions that support a low-waste way of living.
  • Share this post 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 livinglightlyinireland

I am a reformed interior architect that now campaign for and write about sustainable living in Ireland.

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