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10 March 2021 | 4 min read

An Ultimate Guide To Zero Waste Lifestyle

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Zero waste is a set of principles focussed on waste prevention. Its goal is to have a sustainable natural cycle  where all discarded material that is considered garbage is redesigned to become resources for someone else’s use. Zero waste living promotes the conservation of all resources using responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of all products consumed without polluting the environment.

The benefits of zero waste can be understood through the entire philosophy. The very goal of zero waste living is to achieve conservation of all-natural resources and minimise waste that pollutes the environment. There are many benefits beyond the positive environmental impact that can be achieved with the zero-waste lifestyle. It promotes social equity and builds self-sustaining communities. It also has more considerable economic benefits. Zero waste supports small communities and businesses, which supports a local and sustainable economy and creates jobs. So, if you are just starting your zero waste journey, we understand that it can be a little overwhelming when you’re trying to figure it out. But it is essential to be kind to yourself and remember that it is a gradual process, and that this lifestyle cannot be achieved overnight. Everyone has to start somewhere, and the best place to do that is your home. Here is a starter kit with the basics one needs to keep in mind to achieve a zero-waste lifestyle.

1. The 5 Rs of Zero Waste Living

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In 2013, Bea Johnson launched a book titled ‘Zero Waste Home’, now considered the bible for zero waste living. In the book, she introduced the 5 Rs of zero waste living: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot.  This high consumption culture has made us hoarders of things we don’t need, and we need to refuse all the wasteful junk mail, marketing freebies, single-use plastic items we receive.

It is essential to reduce clutter from our lives, let go of things we have no use for, and pass it along to someone who needs it. We should try and re-use items for as long as possible instead of throwing them after a single use. Recycling should be used as a last resort option for the things that can’t be refused, reduced or reused. The final step in the 5 Rs is to rot or compost. Food scraps and waste be turned into a nutrient-rich fertiliser that can be used for your garden. So, try and implement the 5 Rs slowly in every sphere of your life, and steadily you can achieve a complete zero waste lifestyle.

2. Zero Waste Kitchen

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The foundations of a zero-waste kitchen lie in the way we procure and consume our groceries. So, the first step in achieving a zero-waste kitchen is by saying no to all single-use plastic products, like straws and plastic bags, bottles. It is essential to have reusable shopping bags. One should always stick to their shopping list. It helps if pantry staples are bought in bulk as it drastically reduces single-use plastic packaging considerably.

Glass containers are the best for storage. Compostable dish scrubs are a sustainable alternative for cleaning your dishes. Meal planning can help reduce unnecessary supplies that just sit on the shelves. Cooking more food at home helps with excessive packaging and single plastic use that comes with take-out. Food waste can be turned into compost. So, the journey to making your kitchen zero waste should be slow and steady.

3. Zero Waste Bathroom

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Making your bathroom a more eco-conscious place is a big step towards making your home zero waste. Switch to recycled toilet paper. Shampoo and conditioner bottles generate much waste and can be swapped for zero waste shampoo and conditioner bars. Zero waste soap for sustainable suds is also essential.

Try to buy zero waste alternatives for makeup, tooth products and cleaning products. Switching to zero waste and sustainable products can make a huge difference and positively impact the environment. The bathroom is a magnet for lots of plastic, and after the kitchen, it generates the most amount of waste in our households. So even with a few simple swaps, you can be well on your way to achieving a zero-waste bathroom.

Climate change, depletion of natural resources and over-consumption are significant threats to a sustainable existence. Even if we all start small with a few lifestyle changes and aspire to be more mindful, it can make a lot of difference. A zero-waste lifestyle encourages the reduction of waste into the environment, and with its focus on conservation, it can give the planet a chance for a brighter tomorrow.

So please remember even the tiniest of lifestyle changes count before you achieve a completely zero-waste life. If you would like to earn while doing some zero waste grocery shopping, head to Digibank and check out the Digibank bigbasket debit card and check out the offers available.

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