Committing to a zero-waste lifestyle can seem overwhelming, especially in the materialistic world we live in today. If you’ve been considering living a zero-waste lifestyle, going cold-turkey most likely won’t breed success. Instead, focus on small, incremental changes to get closer to a zero-waste lifestyle.
Rethink Your Car
For many of us, our cars are a necessity. Biking or walking to work isn’t an option for everyone, but if it is available, try to do so as often as possible. Or cut down on how often you use your car by driving to work but biking or walking to run errands.
If you aren’t capable of parting ways with your car completely, there are plenty of ways to make your car eco-friendlier to reduce the harmful waste it creates.
Change Your Food Habits
A lot of waste we produce comes from food. Committing to a zero-waste diet can start with avoiding plastic grocery and produce bags. Then, slowly evolve into larger initiatives like growing your own fruits and vegetables, composting food waste, or cutting out red meat, the production of which produces a ton of water waste.
Repair and Recycle What You Can
One of the simplest ways to live a zero-waste lifestyle is to recycle and reuse as many materials and items as you can. Instead of throwing out old gadgets or clothes, try to repair them into something new.
Phase Out Paper and Plastics Products
More and more products are hitting the market to replace non-eco-friendly paper and plastic products. Work on phasing out little things like napkins for reusable fabric napkins or reusable snack and sandwich bags in your kitchen. As you get more accustomed to reusable products, phasing out paper and plastic in other realms of your daily life will become easier.
For those of you wondering how to get closer to living a zero-waste lifestyle, the trick is to start small. Make incremental changes in aspects of your life that are not environmentally conscious, and then expand your efforts as you become more comfortable with alternatives.