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beginner’s guide to zero waste

beginner's guide to zero waste

One question I get asked quite often, is how do I get started with a zero waste lifestyle? I’ve whipped up a beginner’s guide to zero waste to help those feeling a little overwhelmed by it all. From mason jars to bamboo toothbrushes, I’ve got the basics of zero waste covered for you right here. I’ve included links to zero waste articles and products you might need in your journey throughout the steps! 🙂

5 Things You Can Do Right Now Towards Zero Waste

  1. Say No to Plastic Water Bottles
  2. Bring Your Own Coffee Mug
  3. Say No to Plastic Single Use Drinking Straws
  4. Bring Your Own Shopping Bags
  5. Eliminate Paper Towels, Choose to Reuse Dish Towels Instead.

beginner's guide to zero waste

Ok, you’ve got the basics. If you’re ready to dive further into zero waste, here are some more simple steps towards zero waste.

  1. Switch to using a Bamboo Toothbrush instead of plastic disposable toothbrushes
  2. Start carrying your own Produce Bags at the grocery store, to eliminate single use plastic produce bags
  3. Use Soap Bars & Shampoo Bars instead of plastic bottled liquid soap
  4. Use a Handkerchief rather than disposable tissues
  5. Use Compostable Loofahs instead of sponges in the kitchen.

beginner's guide to zero waste

Are you ready to be a hardcore Zero Waster?! Let’s do this!

  1. Start shopping the bulk bins at your grocery store using Reusable Bulk Bags and mason jars
  2. Use a Safety Razor & Shave Soap Bar instead of disposable plastic razors and shaving foam
  3. For the ladies, switch to Reusable Menstrual Products
  4. Shop Secondhand, instead of purchasing new
  5. Begin Composting at your house (My all time fave zero waste switch!)

Have you started eliminating household waste!? What have been your challenges and struggles? What’s your favorite ZW switch?



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7 thoughts on “beginner’s guide to zero waste

  1. Love these lists! So simplified for me. I just got a Joco to-go mug for Christmas and love bringing it with me on coffee runs. And we’re still renting, so I’m very thankful that our city has a compost program. The benefits of living in the PNW. 🙂 Thank you for the continual inspiration, Jessie!

    1. Ooo how do you like your Joco!? I’ve been eyeing them for a while, and although I don’t really need one, they’re just so pretty. I’d love to carry my coffee in one of those 🙂 And hey thanks so much for checking out my blog, I appreciate your interest!

  2. I’m trying to live a zero waste and I do all the above but I just can’t bring my self to try the menstrual cup. I am use natural pad so lol that’s me feel a bit better haha

    1. Nadia, many women are not comfortable using a menstrual cup and that is totally fine! It definitely took some getting used to for me, but I have loved mine. Some women prefer using cloth pads and that’s a wonderful zero waste option as well. Good luck in your zero waste journey! 🙂

  3. I absolutely love your lists! I had been searching for something like this for a while and am so happy I did! I am currently working on minimizing as well as making the switch to zero waste, I’m finding that doing this simultaneously is really good for me because I’m looking at each item I’m ready to get rid of and determine if there is an easy way to reuse it. (ie: old receiving blankets will be extra family cloth wipes or face wipes). I really don’t know if I’ve had many struggles thanks to finding plenty of YouTube videos and blogs (although I am nervous for my first bulk lunch meat purchase).

    My favorite switch has probably been to cloth pads. I have endometriosis so don’t feel comfortable using the cup but these pads have been great! Highly recommend them to anyone who doesn’t want to use any of the other options. When I bought them on Etsy I tried a few from different stores to see which I preferred. I also bought a small wet bag that fits into my purse as well as a large wet bag that I use for our family cloth wipes as well as my used pads after rinsing them out. They came in such fun patterns it makes a horrible five days a little better. :o)

    1. Yes Hannah, I think minimalism and zero waste living complement each other very well! Both ideas are about living consciously and deliberately. I love that as you’re minimizing, you’re finding zero waste uses for your things. That’s wonderful! And I’ve also heard great things about cloth pads. I’m glad you’ve found something that works well for you. I’m actually hoping to start carrying cloth pads and menstrual cups in the Tiny Yellow Bungalow online shop in the near future! 🙂

  4. These are great lists! I already do some of these, such as using a menstrual cup, but there are a few more I need to get onto!

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