5 Easy Steps To Reduce Waste

Hello, everyone! Today we're going to talk about a topic very dear to my heart, and that`s the zero waste movement. Although I don`t think it`s something I`m able to pull at the moment (future overwhelmed mum), I have the utmost respect for those that can. I'm trying to live a more sustainable life and reduce the impact that I have on Earth. I know it`s baby steps, but I`m a firm believer that every small contribution counts in the long term.
Ways to reduce waste
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        What can we do to reduce waste and live more sustainably?

If you're thinking about living a more sustainable lifestyle, you`re on the right track. Frankly, a lot of people still don`t care about this, so your decision to change is crucial. It means that you`re aware that something is wrong with the way we live as a society, and you`ve acknowledged that every action has consequences. Sceptical people will tell you that one person won`t change much. That`s true. But one person becomes a hundred, then a thousand and so on. You get the picture.

1. Be a smart consumer
I`d give you that famous Fight Club quote, but it might be too cliche. I also don't want to tell you not to shop. What I want you to do is look at what you're buying and think about if you really need that product. There's nothing wrong with a little treat every now and then, but don`t do it to follow some meaningless trends. If it's something that will go in the trash next year, don't purchase it. Maybe borrow it or find an alternative. Also, look at the quality of that item, and how it`s been made.

2. Make small changes to your diet
I`m not vegan or vegetarian myself, so I won`t lecture you on your meat intake. I am however trying to reduce my meat intake drastically, so at the moment we eat meat twice a week. I had a month when I was vegan, but the baby is demanding meat. Like I mentioned above, every small change has benefits. I know that this is controversial, and many people will tell you to cut meat/dairy completely. I, however, believe that to succeed, you must take baby steps. I want to be a vegetarian next year, but I know my body, and a drastic change won`t be successful.

3. Get a filter and buy a reusable water bottle
I`d like to say that we were lied to, and we can all drink tap water. Sadly, that`s not the case in all areas. For example, where I live, the water was full of calcar. So we installed a filter, and I bought a water bottle to keep in my room/take with me when I go out. Not only did it reduce waste, but I`m also not exposing myself and the baby to the chemicals used to make plastic bottles.

4. Say no to plastic bags
By now, a lot of us are using reusable shopping bags anyway. Or so I`d like to think. But what about the plastic bags you find in stores, for produce? Reusable mesh bags are your friend. I bought a set a few weeks ago from Amazon, and I couldn`t be happier. I take them with me every time I go food shopping and store all my produce in them (they'll also be fresh for a longer period). Sometimes it can be hard to find products that are not already pre-packed, but I am lucky enough to live near some local shops that sell mostly fresh, loose products.

5. Make your own cleaning supplies
We`re being sold this idea that a fancy cleaning item will do a better job,  but that`s a lie. Buy some baking soda, some vinegar and lemons, and you have all the cleaning supplies you need. Heck, if you`re feeling fancy, get an essential oil and you`ll be the next cleaning guru. You can get a bottle and nozzle as well, but to be even more waste-free, reuse one of your old cleaning spray bottles.

I`d like to add that there are disabled people that will find it difficult to ditch plastic completely. Some people are on low income, or just have struggles generally. I`m mentioning this because there`s quite the scandal with plastic straws. And it saddens me because we should all do what we can to help the Planet. Some will do more, some will be able to do less. But taking action united is the right way to go forward, so we should stop being pitted against each other.

I am currently working on a post about plastic-free bathrooms, which should go up in a few weeks. Until then, I really hope you`ve enjoyed this post.

14 comments

  1. One, your blog layout is lovely. Two, this post had great information, was easy to read and carried an excellent tone. Well done!

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    1. Aww, thank you. I`m still a newbie when it comes to zero-waste, so I`m glad you found it useful.

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  2. My boyfriend recently bought a water filter in the aim to cut down on waste, and it's been such a good purchase! This is such a great post xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. I must drink over 3l pf water per day, I don`t know what I`d do without my filter. Thanks for commenting.

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  3. Definitely! There are so many easy ways we can reduce our plastic and waste, we just need to not be lazy.

    Shannon x
    www.shanylou.co.uk

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    1. No everyone can go zero waste, but we should all make some small changes to reduce our waste. Some will do more, others less - but taking action is the most important.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this! I'm so happy seeing more people share green and zero waste tips, it gives me hope!

    Ash | thisdreamsalive.wordpress.com

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    1. It`s something that I`m very passionate at the moment. Even though I`m not zero-waste entirely, I try to do my bit.

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  5. I love how encouraging this post is and doesn't guilt people that are just getting started with being less wasteful or are not able to do as much. I have been thinking about getting a water filter or fixing the one our fridge b/c buying 2 cases of water per week is super wasteful!

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    1. That was my aim, to encourage people gently. It can be very off-putting when people scream in your face to do this or that. I`m not entirely zero-waste myself, but I try to do my bit. A water filter is great, not only for the planet, but for the budget as well.

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  6. We have a ban on plastic bags in my state, which is great for the environment :)

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    1. In UK you have to pay 9-10p per bag, but that doesn`t seem to have an effect. At least I`m not seeing one when I go to grocery stores.

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  7. I need to get a filter, this is a brilliant post full of great achievable actions! Thank you for sharing, I used to watch a programme called How Clean Is Your House where these two ladies would go into people's houses and would literally clean everything until it sparkled with baking soda, lemon and vinegar! Thank you for sharing xx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. I need to find that program, I`m sadly obsessed with cleaning shows:))

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