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Beginner's Journey to Zero Waste

Endeavouring to go zero waste can be overwhelming at best.

I have condensed a few tips to get you on your way to living with less waste.

Remember it's all about the journey and not the destination.

1. Have a strong reason for why you want to go zero waste

The stronger the 'why' the more likely you are to stick with this lifestyle. If it is just a fad or a competition then you won't last long term. So know why you want to live this lifestyle and what it means for you to reduce your waste. For example; do you want to have less stuff in your house? Do you hate seeing the animals injured because of the waste in the oceans and on land? Are you sick of this disposable society? Do you want to help the environment? It may be all of the reasons above for you so just get a clear picture in your mind of your reason and this will help you stay living this lifestyle all your life.

2. Use What You Have First

When going on a zero waste journey one can get inclined to throw out everything and start afresh The bare look of plastic can cause disgust. Go easy. The big picture is all about reducing waste so use what you have at home. When you need to buy more of a certain product, buy something more sustainable. You can re use plastic containers for storage and use up all your products before moving on to new ones that create less waste.

3. Eliminate One Use Items

This is a shift in focus and becoming more aware of what packaging you use and where it goes after you have finished.

The main culprits are take away coffee containers, plastic straws, plastic bags, plastic cutlery and plastic water bottles.

Say no and bring reusable alternatives when you are out and about. You can have your reusable bag with you at all times and even if a shop has paper bags you can just use your own.

If I'm out and about and forget my coffee container I just don't get a take away drink. So it is best to be prepared and get ready for strong arm muscles with all that your bag has to carry!

4. Up cycle your rubbish

Recycling is not the answer. It depends on huge resources to make it all hap