Happy Zero Waste week everyone!
I compiled a nice list here for ANYONE interested in starting a less wasteful lifestyle! You don't have to do them all, even one or two this week is a GREAT goal and helps more than you could possibly know.
Not only is practicing zero waste more eco-friendly, but it can save you money and help you live better!
Let's being, shall we? Please check my blog for recipes and easy DIY!
1) Buy your groceries local at a farmers market or at least in season.
2) Skip the plastic bags, be fashion forward and bring your own cute ones!
3) Make your own soda replacement! Kombucha!
4) Make one meal a day meatless. Or! Go the full gusto and make it Vegan week! You would save an average of 7 animals, thousands of gallons of water and grains/veggies used to feed them.
5) Make your own lotion from shea butter and your favorite oil, like grapeseed. You could even add a drop of essential oil!
6) Reuse your glass jars from salsa, sauces and more! I use them for lunches and in place of storage containers.
7) Plan a garden! Even growing herbs inside is a GREAT way to get your favorite herbs fresh and plastic free!
8) Turn down the thermostat this week or just go full open windows!
9) Try reusable facial cloths or a wash cloth to remove the day.
10) Make your own hand sanitizer
11) Buy shampoo and bar soap, without packaging, if you can find it. Many sellers on Etsy are more than happy to work with you!
12) Line dry clothes or simply just hang them around the house to dry! I save hundreds by just avoiding using my dryer!
13) Make your own laundry detergent and fabric softener! Scent it however you like!
14) Buy a bulk item you know you use lots of. I buy bulk or make almost everything but some common items are:
detergent, shampoo, soaps, flour, rice... I could keep going!
15) Replace plastic produce bags with your own spiffy produce bags
16) Stitch to loose leaf tea for the week.
17) Make your own air fresheners for the home, car and office!
18) Avoid prepackaged foods for lunches and opt for your own DIY mini bags! Buy in bulk and put into your own containers!
19) Stitch to a reusable lunch box!
20) Dutch plastic bottles and invest in a reusable, metal water bottle.
21) If you have diapers or are expecting, try cloth diapers! They are all I used with The Smart Kids and I had NO ISSUES.
22) Use wash cloths instead of paper towels. Easy to wash, barely any impact on laundry loads and saves so much!
23) Make your own wash cloths from an old towel or shirt!
24) Make your own diaper wipes with a seperate cloth container and just simply spray each dry towel before using. Cuts down on product waste and prevents early spoilage.
25) Make your own shower gel or face wash from a soap bar for that need! Simply grate the soap, melt in hot water and add a PINCH of salt to prevent your grated soap from becoming slime.
26) Make your own home cleaner! I use my special recipe below!
27) A salt lamp is a great night light and has been known to help cleanse the air! If you are in the market for a new night light, skip the plastic ones and try one of these!
28) Avoid Soap Nuts as cleansers, many native people who use the nuts are facing rising prices for their only way of cleaning due to the high demand of export on these items. Making your own detergents and cleansers from easily assessable items from the store is better.
29) Make your own floor cleaner with a diluted version of the cleanser below!
30) Diffusers are a great way to scent your home with aromatherapy and ditch wax scents.
31) DIY some fun bath products instead of buying them!
32) Shorten shower times as much as possible. I Turn it on to get wet, lather and shave, wash my hair and turn on the water to rinse. That's it.
33) Try your hand at making your own facial mask if you have some strawberries about to expire! Just purée and plop on!
34) Stop buying products with microbeads or anything with harsh exfoliate.
35) Make sure your car is in good shape with a tune up, oil change and tire pressure check. Saves so much in gas usage.
36) Invest in a stainless steel safety razor. Reusable, recyclable and easy to use! I love mine!
37) If you prefer longer hair removal, get an epilator. Keep it in good shape and it will last a long time. There are very few Vegan waxes. They are also so wasteful.
38) Make your own dry shampoo with arrowroot powder, kaolin clay or bentonite clay, mica pigments and essential oils!
39) Make coffee or tea ahead of time, in big batches! It's amazing how nice it is to have quality coffee whenever you want it!
40) Be sure your coffee is rainforest friendly!
41) Switch to non-dairy milk for the week. If growing almonds is wasteful, imagine the dairy industry.
42) Make smoothies in advance by freezing and reblending portion sized amounts. I love this for lunches!
43) Prepack your own lunches in reusable containers like bento boxes or jars!
44) Recycle or compost any paper Waste this week.
45) If you have room for a compost pile, start one!
46) Keep a closed jar in the kitchen for kitchen scraps. I reuse a bulk pickle jar! You could always buy a metal compost for the kitchen!
47) Green your beauty routine by choosing products that are vegan, in reusable containers and locally made!
48) Avoid products wrapped in plastic this week. Just one week!
49) If you use disposable utensils, remember to always pack a reusable fork, spoon or metal set of chop sticks!
50) Invest in a reusable coffee cup! Doesn't have to be expensive, many thrift stores sell them for a steal!
51) Buy used when you can.
52) Now is the time to plan holiday gifts. Plan to make, buy sustainable or simply share the love with those around you.
53) Green your tooth brushing routine with an eco-friendly wooden tooth brush.
54) Make your own bath oil from your favorite oil and essential oils! Treat your self!
55) Try a shampoo bar! One bar can far outlast a bottle of shampoo. Skipping the plastic bottle!
56) An easy fabric softener is a cup of Kombucha and a few drops of the best smelling essential oil! My favorite fabric scent? Jasmine, lavender and Rosemary.
57) Repair any clothing you can! Be a semstress or cobbler for the week!
58) Donate instead of tossing clothing you no longer want. By ridding yourself of excess clothing, you decrease your laundry loads and give those clothing to someone who will adore them.
59) Skip dying your hair at home this week. Either just skip it completely or have a professional, make sure they buy in bulk, do it!
60) Reuse old nail polish bottles by making them into mini oil containers!
61) Reuse plastic bags by making plarn and going to town making all kinds of things!
62) Say no to one time use items, such as samples at stores. Or say yes if you can reuse the containers!
63) Don't just toss all your plastics, keep what is usable and donate anything you are done using.
64) If you buy eggs, save the cartons and find a local that has eggs! They always appreciate the cartons! You can get your eggs from them while you are at it!
65) Buy milk in glass or cardboard, if you can't go without.
66) Invest in refillable pens instead of one time use pens.
67) Make your own fun time things such as playing dough or play sand!
68) Skip one time use paper plates! Just go with those good ole washable ones!
69) Contrary to belief, many dish washers are more eco-friendly than doing dishes by hand. Check your model and always run COLD water.
70) Check our solar programs! Or DIY solar options to reduce your carbon footprint!
71) Ask your dentist about homemade tooth paste recipes. Many say skip on the baking soda but my dentist loves my recipe!
72) Also ask about homemade mouth washes! Bring in many recipes!
73) Reuse, recycle or donate prescription bottles (REMOVE YOUR LABELS)!
74) Kill the appliances with stand by just sucking your electricity by installing a surge protector with an easy odd switch
75) Switch to more eco-friendly light bulbs! We love LED lights and many can be set on timers or voice activated by smart devices!
76) Plan to use LED lights instead of standard holiday lighting and save money while knowing you are helping the planet.
77) Use recycled paper as gift wrap OR use fabric wraps!
78) Reduce your footprint when ordering online by selecting the option for less packages instead of what's fastest.
79) If you are interested in journaling, by only Vegan and recycled paper journals. Mine is large enough for THREE YEARS OF ARTISTIC JOURNALING.
80) Opt out of junk mail and ask anyone who sends paper your way to consider a paper-free option.
81) Skip the one time use coffee pods and go with making your own from ground coffee. Distilling coffee at home is by far the most superior taste I have ever found! Can't get that from a plastic cup.
82) Avoid opening the oven when baking! This puts more strain on the oven to maintain temperature, makes cooking time longer and wastes electricity!
83) Try converting some of your favorite recipes to vegan! I have many and my favorite on here are the Vegan mirror glaze and Vegan macarons.
84) Look into Family Paper.
85) Save and freeze fresh produce now while it is harvest time! My feel freezes are my best friends!
86) Don't idle your car. If you are parked, turn your car off. No one else wants to smell your exhaust and it saves you gas.
87) Buy multivitamins and supplements in bulk to avoid excessive waste. Reuse or donate bottles.
88) Try your hand at making your own pet treats! Our Smart Pups LOVE homemade treats!
89) If you buy soda, by cans and recycle them. Skip bottles and syrofoam cups.
90) Bring your own take home containers for take out!
91) Buy reusable straws if you love straws! I love metal straws but The Smart Guy likes his bamboo ones best.
92) Detail your own car with DIY recipes that are safe to use on interiors of cars. Skip the Vinegar for cleaner in the dash.
93) Have your home winterized before the cold comes! This not only helps your bill but keeps you warmer!
94) Keep home filters clean which helps your system as well as keeps pollution and natural allergies down.
95) Have your home appliances cleaned and tested to be sure they are working at their peak!
96) When you get a stuffy nose, keep squares of super soft fabric around instead of one time use tissues. This is not only a treat for your nose but your wallet!
97) Avoid prepacked food and make a nice homemade meal! Nothing smells the home up better than homemade bread and cider this time of year! Not to mention the smell of cookies baking!
98) Freezer meals are EASY with zero waste, simply use the glass container you wish to use for baking and reusable Vegan wax wraps! Be sure to be safe when baking!
99) Try your hand at making your own dairy free milk! Buy in bulk and go to town! I make a batch twice a week and it costs less than one container of store bought!
100) Finally, just do you! Take a look at the things around you and find what you can do better for the planet. For me? My biggest flaw in zero waste is scented wax. I even use diffusers! I'm making my own reusable, compostable scents for my warmers as we speak and will keep you updated!
Do what you can! Zero waste isn't some crazy idea. Or it doesn't have to be. We are humans, we make Waste and mistakes. We can learn from it and help each other grow!
Thank you for reading and I wish you a wonderful week. May your week of zero Waste lead to a life long journey!
The Smart Girl in Pants
The Smart Girl in Pants