Do it yourself
We throw out a lot of products once we are finished with them, mostly the hair and hygienic products. By looking up ways to make these products yourself, you control what goes in them. DIY deodorants and shampoos can easily be made using essential oils and natural ingredients. You can look up different recipes for homemade shampoos here and choose the ones that suit your taste. These natural solutions also make it possible to create a large quantity so you are not continually throwing out bottles once you are done with them.
Ditch fast food
Fast food restaurants thrived under the guise that disposable wrapping was considered more convenient for consumers. Yet, this led to a lot of waste being created as a result of eating out at fast food places especially. Once you’ve gotten your food, you might notice how much you are throwing out after you have finished eating from wrapping to the bag itself. This can’t really be helped, unfortunately, so the best thing to do is to eat fast food less frequently and bring your own food in reusable lunch bags to classes or work. This helps reduce the amount of waste and also is a healthier option. Noticing a pattern here?
Not only do the items you use in your everyday life have the potential to be reused, but so does your food. Coffee grounds, Food scraps or fruit peels can be reused as compost for your backyard garden! Here is a guide if you want to learn more about composting and its benefits. By starting composting, you are literally giving back to the earth and saving food from being wasted after it is thrown away.
Don’t worry about being perfect
When you are first starting your low-waste lifestyle, don’t expect everything to be perfect right away. It can be a drastic change, especially if it’s the first time you have tried to shift away from disposable items. If you make a mistake like forgetting your reusable water bottle at home or if the grocery store cashier gives you a plastic bag anyway, don’t beat yourself up. Whether you are choosing this lifestyle for environmental reasons or a way to save money, sometimes life gets in the way. You may accidentally throw away a straw or plastic spoon, but won’t be the end of the world. Your efforts have certainly made a difference, and your choice in lifestyle will continue to make a difference.