How do we achieve Zero Waste Living? Is it even possible? The answer is a resounding YES. With Zero Waste Living, you are setting yourself up for a sustainable lifestyle that not only leaves a positive impact on the environment but helps improve the ecosystem of our planet.
Zero Waste at Home
Food. Choose food that comes in less packaging (recycled packaging, etc.). Use reusable utensils, be they plastic or otherwise. If you’re taking your food to work, use a reusable container or a biodegradable bag. If there are leftovers, have them for lunch to minimise food waste. And yes, bring with you a reusable water bottle. The leftovers can be part of your compostable materials, along with other organic waste like fruit peels, etc.
Bath. There are many toiletries that are eco friendly. Buy sustainable products like bamboo toothbrushes, shampoo, and soap. Take fewer showers for shorter periods of time. This will help conserve water. Air dry your hair so you can reduce the power used by your hairdryer.
Shopping. Buy only the things that you need. That way, you buy less. And if you buy an item, it would be great if it is made from recyclable and plastic free materials. It would help if you can identify items you can buy in bulk. That way, you save on gas by not driving to the store often. Use cloth bags when doing your shopping.
Zero Waste at Work
Food. You can start small by using reusable water bottles to cut out the use of plastic and paper cups. You can also have reusable cutlery to replace plastic utensils used for take-away food. Aside from metal cutlery, there are utensils made from bamboo. You can also use old hand towels or pieces of cloth to replace napkins. Again, food waste can be made into compostable materials so you might want to set them aside and recycle them later.
Office Supplies. Go Paperless. Print documents sparingly or on-a-need basis. Instead of using paper notes, why not choose e-notes? There are readily available apps for it. Use eco friendly office supplies. Use coloured pencils instead of a highlighter. There are reusable paper clips or pins which you can buy, and adhesive tapes made with dissolvable materials instead of plastic.
Equipment. Make it a habit to turn off your office lights, computers, and other devices to save on electricity. Unplug office equipment like printers and copiers. If others follow your lead, the office will save a lot on energy consumption.