We all have to start somewhere, right? There are so many zero waste bloggers out there that are truly inspiring but sometimes I get a little overwhelmed when I see how little waste they are producing yet my efforts aren’t going so well. Especially while living with other people! It seems impossible. I get sick of myself saying ‘who put this in the waste bin?’ And the answer is always my husband!! 🙈
So I set myself a few simple steps to give myself a little boost and pat on the back that I need as some self encouragement.
I consume a lot of coffee. My first step was investing in a reusable coffee cup that I really loved. I have been down this road before of travel mugs, ceramic mugs and they didn’t work for me because I didn’t like them and so it was easy to forget them. If you invest in a reusable mug that you love, you will be less likely to forget it.
Stop buying reusable plastic bags. I went through another phase of buying reusable plastic bags every time I went to the supermarket and soon one of my kitchen presses had more than the supermarket itself! Find a decent reusable bag that’s easy to carry and when shopping is unloaded leave it at the front door to go back in the car. My preference for a big shop are jute bags as they hold their shape and are easy to pack. For smaller trips to town I have a crochet bag that I love. Find what you like and again it will be easier to remember!
Stop buying water bottles. Again, find a bottle you love and carry it everywhere. Stainless steel or glass is best as it doesn’t leach harmful chemicals into your water.
Toothbrush. I had a bamboo toothbrush sitting in my bathroom for probably about a year. I just couldn’t bring myself to using it until I calculated how many toothbrushes that I alone am sending to landfill. Then I tried it and I haven’t looked back. The first time it felt so strange but now I wouldn’t use anything else. When I’m done with it I crack the head off as it has nylon and I send the remainder for compost. Satisfaction 👌
Stop buying plastic. This one may have been the hardest as I found it hard to source some plastic replacements and the main reason I started the Little Green Shop! As soon as something reached the end of its life I replaced with a non plastic alternative. For example my dish brush now is made from wood and has replaceable heads.
Start with one step at a time and don’t beat yourself up for slipping back. Soon these changes that seem like so much effort will become second nature and no effort at all!
Some plastic free alternatives: