5 Tips for Zero Waste Beginners
Hey guys, welcome back to A Bonnie Bon!
Two weeks ago, I blogged about my first Zero Waste Shopping Trip. Ever since then, I have been trying to be more mindful of what I throw away and what I buy. Of course, I am just beginning and I am in no way close to being zero waste. Slowly, but surely, I will get there though! Here are a few tips I have found through watching countless YouTube videos and reading other blog posts.
1. Buy in Bulk
One way to be zero waste is to shop in bulk stores where you can use your own containers or buy products without any packaging. Go and read my last zero waste post to get more details on my shopping experience in a bulk store. Another way you can buy without the packaging is by going to the Farmer’s Market. You can typically find produce without any packaging and you can bring your own bags to carry them in.
2. Buy Recyclable/ Reusable Packaging
If there’s something that you can’t buy without packaging, such as jam, then try to find it in a container that is recyclable or reusable. For instance, buy jam in glass jars rather than plastic ones. Once your done with your jam, you can either reuse the glass jar for bulk store trips or other things, or you can recycle it.
3. Buy Secondhand
Another way to help the Earth is buying secondhand. You can find some great clothes that are still in-style at thrift stores or secondhand stores. For example, Plato’s Closest is a great place to buy secondhand clothes and accessories that are still trendy. You can also find countless used and new objects on apps such as Letgo, Craigslist, etc. These items are usually much cheaper even when they’re brand new or barely used!
4. Use Reusable Bags and Water Bottles
One of the easiest ways to help the Earth is to put a few reusable bags in your purse so that you don’t have to use the store’s plastic bags. Using reusable bags will reduce the number of plastic bags that appear in landfills each year. If you forget your reusable bags, which happened to me a lot at first, you can often ask for paper bags instead of plastic. I know a lot of people reuse the store plastic bags as trash bags or poop bags (especially cat owners), but it would be better to leave the plastic bags at the store and use paper bags or biodegradable bags instead.
Another easy way to keep more plastic away from landfills is using a reusable water bottle and recycling bottles if you need to buy water/ soda.
5. Reduce Fast Food
A lot of the materials used in fast food restaurants cannot be recycled. Most of the utensils, containers, cups, etc., are made out of plastic. Reducing fast food will not only help the planet, but it will help you eat more healthy too 😉
Well, that’s it for today! I hope you guys liked these tips and that they help you be more zero waste. I have been trying to use these tips myself, but of course, I still don’t make the best decisions sometimes. I still eat fast food occasionally, I still buy plastic bottles now and then when I’m out, and I don’t always buy secondhand. However, I hope to reduce these kinds of actions as I work for a more zero waste lifestyle.
Plein de bisous,
A Bonnie Bon