10 Tips to have a Zero Waste lifestyle
Recycle, reduce, reject and reuse, the foundations of the Zero Waste movement , your new sustainable lifestyle. An alternative that was born with the aim of raising awareness in contemporary societies, which generate 1.5 kg of garbage per person per day. The current model is unsustainable. That is why we must learn to suppress, as far as possible, all our bad habits. We want everything fast and in a hurry, the same way we consume: without control. A destructive lifestyle that has negative consequences that are felt on a plastic island . Did you know that in Spain alone it is estimated that a family of 4 people generate more than 2 tons of waste per year? Terrible data that calls for joint and organized action to save the environment. He is the main victim of our way of living. The solution begins with a change not in the climate, but in our lifestyle. Thanks to the Zero Waste philosophy, you contribute to improving the environment, but also your quality of life and that of those around you. You promote fair, local and km0 trade while reducing your ecological footprint. In this article, we give you 10 tips so you can have a Zero Waste lifestyle .
Plan before you actThe first piece of advice serves as the common thread and weaver of each and every one of the following. To be successful in your new Zero Waste lifestyle , it is important to organize and plan before you act. In this way we will avoid, for example, buying things that we do not need. If the organization is already part of your DNA, it will be very easy for you. If, on the other hand, you like to improvise: take note!
Glass or stainless steel, get rid of plastic bottlesYou go to the supermarket and everywhere you look, everything is wrapped in plastic. Milk cartons, legumes and even a piece of fruit. Because it is an inexpensive material to produce, the use of plastic has expanded much more than we would like. Aware of this reality, the Zero Waste movement proposes that we replace plastic bottles with others made of glass or stainless steel . With this, we will not only contribute to the environment, but also to our health. Plastic is harmful to our body! For this reason, you should never reuse a plastic bottle if it is indicated on its label. Better keep your water or coffee in a safe container and at an ideal temperature!
Ecological and sustainable personal hygiene productsPersonal hygiene products generate a significant amount of waste and waste. The reason? Most cannot be recycled. For this reason, we invite you to look for equally effective alternatives that are also sustainable:
- Solid bars of soap
- bamboo toothbrush
- Reusable makeup remover pads
- stick deodorants
- stainless steel razors
Travel the world with your cloth bag or tote bagThe cloth bag or tote bag is one of the articles to have a Zero Waste lifestyle that is having the most impact. Although they were used in the past by our parents and grandparents, with the massive arrival of plastic, they disappeared. Luckily, they are back stronger than ever. And it is that thanks to them, we can considerably reduce our use of plastic bags. Did you know that the "useful life" of a plastic bag is 15 minutes compared to the 400 years it takes to disappear? More than enough reason to switch to the tote bag movement. In addition to being durable, they are customizable and customizable. There are hundreds of designs and sizes! At Rewinder we have a wide variety, we love them! Don't forget yours the next time you go shopping or simply leave home.
Move sustainablyTo be able to apply this advice many factors influence, but, within what you can, avoid the individual use of the car. If you can walk you contribute to the environment and your health. Do you prefer the bike? Perfect! There are more and more European cities like Amsterdam or Copenhagen where citizens move mainly by bicycle. Public transport is also a very good option if you have good connections.
Fruits and vegetables are better if they are from km0 or from your own urban gardenA new concept has recently been developed that seeks to unite consumers with local producers: kilometer zero or proximity. They are products that have been made or produced in the area. It is a movement that favors the environment, since it has almost no carbon footprint. It does not have to travel thousands of kilometers to reach you! On the other hand, we will be contributing to the primary sector of our town and consuming higher quality food. Along with the km0 movement, urban gardens are another Zero Waste option. Do you have a balcony or terrace at home? Then you don't need more! Create some planters with objects you have at home such as milk cartons and plant your vegetables. Tomatoes, strawberries, courgettes, lentils, lettuce… there are thousands of options!
Use baking soda, vinegar and lemon for household cleaningIn general, the cleaning products that we regularly use at home are harmful to the planet. Many of them are related to climate change. However, there are ecological alternatives that will allow you to contribute to the environment. You only need bicarbonate, vinegar and lemon so that your house is impeccable. By mixing these products together with others such as ammonia (biodegradable), alcohol or water, you can create, for example, homemade detergent or remove limescale from the taps.
Give a new life to your thingsWe often fall into the temptation of buying objects that we do not need or we accumulate items that we no longer use but we are embarrassed to throw away. Why not give a new life to what you already have? It is the basis of recycling! Here are some examples:
- Make-up remover discs with cotton shirts that you no longer use.
- Candle holders with glass containers of legumes.
- Pots with plastic bottles
- Old shirts with a splash of bleach, tie dye trend!
Bulk buying is backSimilar to the example of kilometer zero and urban gardens: buying in bulk. In this case, we contribute to the reduction of plastics in food packaging. Get your legumes, seeds, nuts or even vegetables and fruits without plastics. Bring your own containers and fill them with whatever you need. A traditional way of shopping that had been lost in most western cities. Thanks to the Zero Waste movement, it 's back!
Napkins and clothsWe are not aware of the amount of paper we use every day and the deforestation that this entails. For this reason, we recommend a Zero Waste alternative that was already used in the past: napkins and cloths . They are more practical, durable and… recyclable! After each use, especially in the case of napkins, all you have to do is let them rest in water with a solution of bicarbonate of soda, lemon and vinegar... and as good as new! So far our 10 tips to have a Zero Waste lifestyle! Simple habits that have great positive repercussions on the planet. Do you know any others you want to share with us? At Rewinder , every day we work to build a better world for everyone. Join the revolution!