Making zero waste swaps to achieve a zero waste lifestyle mainly focuses on sending nothing to a landfill. It also means we recycle less because we find ways to avoid having material to recycle in the first place.
The most important part of going zero waste if trying, where possible, to Avoid, Refuse , Switch, Reuse and Reduce.
If you’re not ready to leap into a fully zero waste life, don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of 5 simple zero waste swaps that can help reduce your waste!
One of the easy switches to make is from body wash or hand soap in a plastic bottle to a good, old fashioned, bar of soap! A lot of these soap bars come completely packaging free and leave zero waste. Keeping a bar in the shower, one in the bathroom and one in the kitchen can be a super simple way to reduce a great deal of plastic packaging that would usually need to be thrown away or recycled!
Search the soap section on our site for lots of options!
There are so many reasons to carry a reusable travel cup for your tea or coffee. Firstly, it’s environmentally friendly. Disposable cups are hard to recycle because they have waterproof plastic lining and so they often end up in landfill. On top of this, it’s cheaper! Most cafes will offer a discount if you bring your own travel mug. There’s so many different options to choose from with a reusable cup that you can pick a stylish mug that will also keep your coffee warm for longer!
In this same vein, we should mention water bottles. We all know how important it is to stay hydrated. A reusable water bottle can hugely reduce your plastic waste. The World Health Organization did a study and found that over 90% of bottle water tested from major companies contained plastic fibers. Plastic isn’t just bad for the planet, it’s bad for your bloodstream too!
And we have loads to choose from at littlegreenshop.ie: https://littlegreenshop.ie/product-category/out-about/reusable-bottles/
Switching from a conventional plastic toothbrush to a bamboo toothbrush is one of the easiest things you can do to immediately reduce the plastic waste in your bathroom. Brushing your teeth should be something that promotes good health but normal toothbrushes are made of BPA or PVC based plastic for the handle and bristles, which can leave toxic microparticles of plastic in your mouth.
Plastic straws are set to be banned in Ireland by the year 2021 and most restaurants and coffee shops have already switched to paper straws. Picking up a stainless steel or glass straw can be an easy way to reduce your plastic use. Enjoy all your iced drinks and feel good about it!