…aka tips for an (almost) waste-free household.
Let me give you an example of what I do, because practical examples are the best, right?
I have 2 cotton bags and a cute cotton backpack that last literally forever, unless you carry 150,000 kg in them. I learnt to put one in my purse every time I leave the house, so that I’m always prepared. They are light, don’t take any space and can carry quite a lot of weight. Another great thing is that you can wash them together with your laundry.
The rest of the stuff I get from a regular supermarket, cheese shop or butcher’s.
THIS WAY I ELIMINATE THE SINGLE-USE PACKAGING, PLASTIC BAGS AND SHOPPING BAGS.
I have a set of containers for basically everything that can be bought packaging-free, which is:
- dried fruits
- nuts and seeds
- pasta, couscous, bulgur, polenta, rice, legumes
- oats and musli
- flour and sugar
If I need to wrap cheese, sandwich or a cut piece of fruit, I use these bee-wax napkins.
THIS WAY I ELIMINATE THE SINGLE-USE PACKAGING (see above) AND WRAPPING FOIL/ALUMINIUM.
Whenever I cook, I try to use everything I can and not throw anything away. And I have to say I’m pretty successful in that!
I never stock up on things like dairy or fresh produce, but rather buy just a few for immediate consumption. It might require me to do groceries more often, but I don’t really mind. I like to cook what I want to cook on that day, rather than having to cook something that needs to be cooked, from the ingredients that I have in the fridge. Anyway, I’m not saying that I’m going to save the planet by eating the kale leaves, but not throwing anything away makes me feel good. Apart from that, I think we should appreciate the food more. Which to me means using the maximum of it.
I cook every day and bring food to work in my lunchbox, I never buy take away or to go food which I would bring to the office. My food tastes great (obviously!), I know exactly what is inside and – most importantly – I spare the single-use to-go food containers, which I consider as a absolutely useless waste.
We don’t order food at home, neither. If I wanna don’t wanna cook, we simply go to a restaurant and eat there.
THIS WAY I ELIMINATE FOOD WASTE AND FOOD CONTAINERS.
As a woman and an owner of way too many body and hair products, I know how much waste is created in one’s bathroom. Therefore, I started using solid products which I buy in Lush or a packaging-free store, without any packaging. And just recently, I made my my first homemade cosmetics, which is the best variant of course.
Yes, my lotion bar requires more skill, I know.
THIS WAY I ELIMINATE COSMETICS PACKAGING AND SINGLE-USE COTTON PADS.
5. On the go
Last but not least, as obvious as it might be, I have my own water bottle and I hardly ever buy packaged water or any plastic bottles, actually. I don’t drink coffee to-go, neither sodas or juices, which makes things easier for me.
THIS WAY I ELIMINATE PET BOTTLES AND COFFEE TO GO CUPS.
These might be small things, but imagine that I put all the packaging, plastic bags, single-use cotton pods, bottles and other stuff that I’d use in one year on a pile. I think it would be quite huge!