Zero Waste Living: The Next Steps


You’ve obtained the basics of the best way to reside zero waste down pat. Now it’s time for step two of your zero waste journey.

So you’ve learn half one of our zero waste residing sequence. and also you’re satisfied – residing zero waste in the one (sustainable) approach ahead. You’ve dedicated to utilizing reusables as an alternative of single use plastic gadgets, you’re composting your meals scraps, and also you’ve obtained a formidable assortment of glass jars, which you are taking with you if you do your weekly purchasing on the bulk meals retailer.

At this stage many individuals both expertise zero waste “fatigue” – the place the preliminary momentum of adopting a zero waste life-style has worn off and the thrill of zero waste discoveries (olive oil works simply as properly as a retailer purchased cleanser!) start to minimize.

Zero Waste Living- The Next Steps

Or they give the impression of being round and realise that there are nonetheless so many areas to deal with; they’re simply unsure which of them to handle first.


We’re right here to assist! Here are the following steps to absorb your zero waste residing journey.

Limit or cut back new purchases

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Putting a cease to any common purchases you make, particularly clothes and homewares, will clearly cut back the quantity of waste you produce. Not solely can these things themselves create waste, after they usually find yourself in landfill after only some wears, however the packaging they require additionally find yourself as waste.

Start being discerning about who you purchase from in case you should buy one thing model new. Research how a model’s clothes in manufactured. Download the Good On You app, which gives moral scores for 1000’s of well-liked vogue manufacturers.


When making purchases on-line, e-mail the corporate and ask {that a} minimal quantity of packaging be used (though most eco-friendly manufacturers will wrap their wares in biodegradable or compostable packaging already), or in case you purchase gadgets in-store, hand over your individual bag.

Or higher but, purchase second-hand!

Swap out your toilet merchandise with zero waste alternate options

Some folks discover this space of zero waste residing a bit of tough. When you’re used to candy smelling lotions and potions it will possibly take a while to get used to extra pure alternate options.

Swapping out your bottle of liquid physique wash and hand cleaning soap for a easy bar of cleaning soap is among the easiest and impactful methods of decreasing your plastic waste.

You can cut back plastic waste additional by making some (or all!) of your individual magnificence merchandise from scratch, like plastic free deodorant, selfmade toothpaste, physique scrub, shampoo, shaving cleaning soap and gardener’s hand scrub.

Watch this video from our Simple Skills for Self-Sufficiency Series the place we present you the best way to whip up three plastic free magnificence merchandise, together with physique scrub, hair rinse and toothpaste, and take a look at Issue #15 of Pip Magazine for extra plastic free magnificence recipes.

In this text we additionally deliver you 15 extra methods to go zero waste within the toilet.

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When it involves make-up, it might take a bit of trial and error till you discover the very best replacements.

So as to not waste merchandise, begin changing your present make-up because it runs out. If you employ a number of merchandise this will even make the job simpler, as changing all your make-up in a single go together with zero waste gadgets may seem to be an excessive amount of to deal with.

While it might take a while to search out the right make-up merchandise in your wants, a superb place to begin is with a make-up model that specialises in low/zero waste packaging.

Dirty Hippie Cosmetics’ make-up vary contains mascara, eye shadows, eyeliner, primer, free powder, BB cream, concealer, blush, and cheek and lip tints.

They supply refills if you return their full-sized tin and bottle merchandise, and all product labels are printed in-house utilizing vegetable-based ink and recycled paper.

Give you cleansing regime an eco-friendly makeover

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We’ve already talked about why selecting non-toxic merchandise to wash your private home is so vital in your well being and the well being of the planet.

There are so many nasties in frequent on a regular basis family cleaners so eliminating them from your private home (by way of the Detox Your Home program in case you reside in Victoria, or your native council’s equal) will do you a world of fine.

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It’s additionally an enormous step in direction of with the ability to reside zero waste as all of these bottles of glass cleaner, ground cleaner and all-purpose spray add up. Most of which can most definitely by no means be recycled.

You have two choices for zero losing your cleansing regime. You can supply eco-friendly cleansing merchandise from a bulk meals retailer, or you’ll be able to make your individual. Try out our recipes for selfmade cleansing merchandise and selfmade laundry powder.

Stay tuned for half three of our Zero Waste Living sequence.