During this year one of my goals is to start a low waste household. For a while I haven’t been happy about how much waste a family of five can create. Doing some research I found there are plenty of ways to completely go zero waste. To be realistic that is not what I am working on right now or if it is a thing that I can accomplish. But what if you want to start slowly and keep learning and getting better? I made these simple swaps and I am pretty sure they can help you make an easy transition converting a goal into a life long change.
6 Easy Swaps to Start a Low Waste Household
Reusable Bags Vs Plastic Bags
Plastic is so harmful to the environment! Is my reason to decide for this swap. It sounds pretty easy but why do we fail at it? In my case I truly hadn’t committed to getting myself to remember to have reusable bags in my car and actually taking them with me when I am shopping! I’ve had my share of slaps in my forehead after I arrive to cashier and do not have my bags. Who has this happened to?!!! You Know it has been YOU!
What I do now is I have in my purse at least one reusable. Having a couple around is the best way to forgetting less. I even have cute ones for when going to the farmers market and the smaller one for produce, this helps eliminate the small bags that you grab.
I will probably keep forgetting for a while. But great to start today than to never start, right!!
Reusable Snack Bags Vs. Plastic Snack Bags
I can’t even keep up with all the plastic snack baggies that my kids used to take to school and they never made their way back!! For sure they threw them in the trash. Now I have to remind them not to throw them, so far so good!! And have to say that you can see the difference in the garbage and your pocket with less boxes of reusable snack bags to buy.
You can find different styles and fabric, even customized. Also the bees waxed paper is good and reusable.
Reusable Water Bottles Vs. Single Use Water Bottles
Single use water bottles is one of the major changes I’ve done. It was crazy!!! Even though I don’t drink a lot of liquids the amount of waste generated was major, even when recycling. My preferred option to start are the stainless steel bottles, cups and glass. If you are into drinking coffee all day have a special cup, one that can be washed and reused.
Plastic Containers Vs. Glass/Stainless Steel Containers
In my kitchen I used to store all the leftovers in plastic containers. After all the buzz that have come up that heating plastic or compositions are dangerous… my swap began. It was not a quick swap, things can get pricey if you want to do them at once. Start getting rid of a couple and then a couple more. You can start by donating to places that use them or recycling them. With time you will have what you need.
Fabric Napkins Vs. Paper Towel
I don’t know about you but I am a paper towel lover!! between paper towel and disposable napkins I was a monster. A new one every time I washed my hands or like five every time I ate.
This swap even if it seems difficult it was pretty easy. I got reusable napkins for daily use and have cleaning cloths. And you might say “oh but the germs” or “you will spend more water in the wash” trust me I got both comments thrown at me, Ha!! Of course but I have other laundry too and I use a detergent add on for the germs, did that answer your doubts?
Washable Cotton Pads Vs Single Use Cotton pads
Incorporating washable cotton pads is another good way of creating less waste. You can either make them yourself or also buy them! There are different patterns, colors and fabrics for everyone!
There are more things you can try to become a low waste or even a zero waste household. Cutlery, straws,tooth brushes, bamboo cleaning tools, menstrual cups and a lot, lot MORE!!!
As I venture the low waste household possibilities I learn of more ways to get better at it. Saying that I also know that for me is going to be a slower journey but one that I want to keep for life and pass on to my kids.
For the person out there that is thinking about a change but haven’t truly embrace it, JUST DO IT! You have nothing to loose but we all have something to gain
If you have already started your journey let me know in the comments what was your first swap? Have you done any other Swaps and do you think you will go back?