It’s a phrase my brother in law often uses when we are playing board games and he’s losing miserably, but in the zero waste world, it’s a good one to stick by. I had a conversation with someone online recently who was keen to get started on her zero waste journey but found it all so overwhelming. My advice to her was just that – it’s a journey! Any change is a good one and the smaller the change the more likely it’s going to stick. Putting pressure on ourselves just creates feelings of guilt and negativity.
Here’s some quick start ups for zero waste beginners.
1. Wait until you run out of something and then replace it with a zero waste alternative e.g. swapping to a bamboo toothbrush once your plastic one is finished with.
2. Make easy swaps like using soap instead of shower gel – it lasts so much longer and costs next to nothing in comparison.
3. When you’re at the supermarket, pick up unpackaged fruit and veg when ever possible and go for food in jars and tins rather than plastic containers.
4. Swap to washing powder in a box and ditch the fabric softener (all it does is make your clothes smell more pungent).
5. Use newspaper in your kitchen food caddy instead of bags. Even biodegradable bags take months to break down.
Always remember that any change is a small one, so don’t beat yourself up if you have to buy something that’s not zero waste. Just do some research in the mean time and find an alternative to buy next time.