A waste-free or zero-waste lifestyle is a rewarding path, It’s meant to lessen the use of natural resources.
A zero-waste lifestyle is one way to live more ethically. Let’s say, you have decided to stay away from Fast fashion or buy less. Let’s take it a step further, you decided to go vegan. I’m not saying that you have to be plant-based and buy sweat-shop free clothing to be a better person. But let’s say you decided to reduce your carbon footprint by reducing your use of plastic, Or you just want to give it a try!
Living a waste-free or low impact life means you reuse what you have on hand or recycle items like plasticc that would otherwise end up in the landfill.
Besides being kind to our environment, besides zero-waste being exciting, maybe you are looking for some reason to stick with it or give it a try. I wanted to share with you 5 benefits among so many others you get from reducing your waste!
I just started my journey to become a more mindful consumer and reduce my negative impact on the environment. So far, I can say I love this lifestyle!
You save more money
A zero-waste lifestyle saves you money. That’s simple. If you want to reduce your waste then you need to consume less. I’m not saying that you have to go on an extreme purge if it’s not necessary.
Just evaluate what you already have, think before buying is a huge step toward savings! Investing in quality, long-lasting with multiple uses is high commendable and recommended!
Learn to reuse your old stuff, learn how to re-purpose. For example, I use my old T-shirts that are not good enough for donation as cleaning rags or dishcloth. They make great hand towels and turbans.
A zero-waste lifestyle will spark some creativity in you. How?
Suddenly you find a million way to use something that you would normally get rid of.
Let’s take an example: those leftover vegetables past their prime in the fridge, now have potential! You can use them in vegetable stock, smoothies, compost, etc…
Let’s take that old pair of jeans, maybe they still fit.
How about turning them into some cute cut-off shorts to wear around the house and do yard work?
You can also make something new out of them if you have any sewing skills. Use your imagination!
Or donate them to someone who will use them!
You think before spending
Zero-waste lifestyle means you buy with a purpose.
Just because this shampoo, this new blouse is on sale doesn’t mean you must have it! Can you get by with what you already have? Do you really need it? Is it going to match what you already have? Is it going to work for you? Is it a need or want? By asking those probing questions you determine whether or not it’s going to be a waste or not.
You learn to DYI
Living zero-waste will make dyi project your best friends. They don’t have to be complicated.
Do you know that cosmetics we usually get are so laden in so many harmful chemicals, that sometimes we are doing more damage than good to our body just inhaling them or putting them our skin? The skin is our largest organ, it will absorb what we put on it. Those harmful chemicals will end up in our bloodstream. We go on diets, we exercise to care for ourselves, we try to get enough sleep, and go see professionals when we feel something is wrong. So why do we not pay more attention to the rest? The environment, the origin of the products we are using, and ingredients?
That’s why some of us like to do it ourselves. Do you have the time? If so, you should definitely give DYI projects a try it will save you money on the long run to experiment. Otherwise, buying more consciously, supporting businesses who support using minimal packaging, and less plastic is definitely a good start. It’s also a great idea to buy in bulk!
Improve your health
By reducing the number of plastics that we use, by thinking before buying, We are also taking care of our health.
Think about it for a moment… A cleaner environment is a safer environment which means a better environment for our health, which means less doctor’s visits, which means less spending! Isn’t it what we all want?
I mentioned some of the personal ways living a waste-free life style can be beneficial but, did you know by adopting it you are also saving the environment? Studies show an average person generate 4.9 lbs trash per day . It has also being said that by year 2050 roughly 12 billion metric tons of plastic waste will be in landfills .
Personally, it is what I want for me now, and for my future grandchildren down the road!
What steps are you taking to reduce, reuse, and recycle? What advice would you give to a newbie like me?
Next time, let’s discuss: What are some simple ways to start a zero-waste lifestyle?