3 Ways to Start Going "Zero Waste"
By: Sarah Dailey
Zero waste is a term that is starting to be thrown around social media. What exactly does it mean? Well, exactly what it sounds like: “Zero Waste is the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials...” (zwia.org). While being 100% zero waste is definitely a challenge that can take years to accomplish, there are some easy changes we can make today.
Local grocery stores occasionally have reusable grocery bags for sale by the registers. There are even insulated ones for the cold items. Leaving these bags in your car can prevent the use of those awful plastic bags from any store you go to.
Straws & Cups
Straws have become a big topic lately. Reusable straws have been for sale everywhere, and you have many options to choose from. There are reusable water bottles everywhere as well. If you frequent Starbucks, pick up one of their cups to use instead of their plastic ones. They will gladly put your drink in there - and give you a small discount.
Ziploc bags, paper towels, aluminum foil, produce bags, and sponges are all single use items. These can be easily replaced and alternatives can be found conveniently on Amazon.
These items are just scratching the surface. Reducing your use of single use plastics by any amount matters, and I hope this helped inspire you!
Do you have any zero waste tips? We're interested in hearing your favorite ways to save the planet!