The zero waste lifestyle embraces minimalism, rejects the need for disposable, challenges mainstream consumerism, and encourages people to come up with more sustainable solutions in their everyday life.
No one is perfect, but small changes can bring big changes to your life. Hopefully these tips can guide and encourage you to refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever you can.
Here are some ways of making your bedroom a zero waste haven:
1. Reduce the number of clothes you have. Reflect on your current wardrobe, choose the ones you love, and donate/gift ones crammed in the closet that you will never use.
2. For the ones that you wear, use them before you pitch them. Get the holes mended by a seamstress (or do it yourself) before tossing them in the trash. Take shoes in to a cobbler before trashing them. Get the most out of your items.
3. Reduce shopping for new clothes. Try only purchasing new pieces either when needed or only once or twice a year. Shop with a purpose. Have a list of what you really need and stick to that. This will reduce the likelihood of compulsive buys.
4. Give priority to thrift stores and hand-me-downs. Search for sustainable fashion brands. Try to avoid “fast fashion” chains. Buying fewer and better quality pieces is so much better in the long run than the cheap disposable clothes, since they will have a longer lifespan and are easier to repair.
5. When clothes reach their end of lifespan, donate the wearable ones to thrift stores. For those not fit to be donated, find a textile recycler that will turn your old clothes into paving materials, carpets and more.
6. Buy a sustainable mattress. They may seem like an investment but it’s really worth it.
7. Reduce the amount of furniture in the bedroom. Having a minimalist approach in your furniture not only helps in your zero waste journey but also less items means less cleaning needed.
8. Buy antique or second-hand furniture for your bedroom.
9. Use washcloths, cloth cotton round, biodegradable Q-tips and other reusable alternatives to your single use products.
Remember to always use what you have and buying less in general is better.