Low-waste living

A low-waste lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight. Trying to make significant lifestyle changes quickly, there is a chance that they might not stick very well.

The journey to a lower waste lifestyles can seem challenging, so taking it at your own pace is the best way to make it stick. So if you’re any bit interested in living a zero or low waste lifestyle, here are some key things to keep in mind:

Why are you making this shift?

Get specific with “why” you have decided to make a shift to a zero or low waste life, so that you can return to your reasoning on a daily basis as your inner motive.

Pay attention to how much you waste

The easiest place to start is to assess how much waste you are making and where you’re making the waste. Focus on this area first. It can be plastic water bottles, plastic straws, single use garbage bags, Q-tips, or anything else we give little thought to during our daily life.

Even if you can’t solve every aspect of that area right away, you can start to prioritize the steps you want to take.

Prioritize

You might realize that you are throwing away a lot of trash by getting takeout often, to-go coffee and plastic bags for each shopping trip. Prioritize making your coffee at home and bring it with you in a reusable coffee cup. Pack your lunch at home in a reusable lunch box.

If you are a product junkie and realize that you are throwing away lots of shampoo bottles, soap bottles, and makeup packaging. Look into the more sustainable alternatives like soap bars, shampoo bars, bamboo toothbrushes, and reusable cotton rounds.

By looking at the bigger picture of the waste in your life, you will have a better idea of where to make the changes. It may be overwhelming and perhaps make you feel a bit guilty, but this process makes the whole switch so much more doable.

Replace Items (When they run out!)

You don’t need to buy all your zero waste alternatives at once! Purchase zero waste alternatives once your non-zero waste items run out, because buying something then throwing it out unused is pretty wasteful too, right?

It’s a process

It won’t happen overnight, and it may take some time to go fully zero waste if that’s your goal. Everyone’s zero waste journey is different. So don’t compare yourself to other people.

Published by Saphie Renee

I’m Saphie Reneé, an American living in the Netherlands.

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