I’ve recently encountered a new phenomenon called zero waste living. It’s a popular movement with groups of individuals already living alternative lifestyles like those going green, tiny house living, or, of course, Minimalists. 😉 I never would have considered absolute zero waste as an attainable possibility, but there are several families out there doing exactly that in their zero waste homes.
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ZERO WASTE HOME
Before our second child we composted all of our kitchen veggie scraps to use in our garden, never bought paper towels (we couldn’t afford them! lol) and we exclusively cloth diapered The Girl. Looking back, we weren’t that far off from zero waste living! That’s impressive when I think about it.
A Professional Opinion…or Five
I reached out to a large group of zero wasters before writing this collection of resources to get their opinions. Many of them are much more involved in this practice than myself and I didn’t want to leave out any zero waste home tips that might be helpful to prospects of zero waste living. That is why I must say before going any further that you should use up whatever you already have FIRST before investing in these new things that will be helpful long-term.
15 Things You Need To Get Started Living A Zero Waste Minimalist Lifestyle TODAY
For Grocery Shopping
Reusable Grocery Shopping Box Bags (You can DIY a regular bag from an old T-shirt, but these are super useful because they stand up like a box then collapse for easy storage when you’re finished!)
Insulated Reusable Grocery Bag The insulated bags are a must have for me. I’d go as far as to say to make all of your bags insulated. You never know when you may want to stock up on frozen items.
Reusable Mesh Produce Bags
In The Kitchen
Invest in durable, refillable water bottles for every member of the family and you won’t need disposable water bottles. These have lasted our kids over 3 years. I love that I can buy replacements parts instead of a whole new bottle when the nozzle wears out from them chewing it.
Countertop Compost Bin
Reusable Storage Bags
Leftover Food/Meal Prep Storage Containers Prepping your food for the week ahead is a great idea because it can significantly reduce your amount of take-out food container waste.
Natural Beeswax Food Wrap
Machine Washable, Reusable Bamboo Towels
In The Bathroom
I created a complete guide to a zero waste bathroom. Read it by clicking here.
Natural Bamboo Toothbrushes These come in a pack of 4 making it simple to replace everyone’s at once. Bonus: One shipment = less waste on packaging.
Diva Cup (Between you and me, Mama, feel free to shoot me an email if you’re interested in trying one of these. They aren’t as difficult as you may think and you’ll save so much $ on top of reducing waste.)
Women’s Reusable Cloth Sanitary Pads & wet bag for storage when you’re away from home
Cloth Diapers You can read more about which cloth diapers we thought were best for under $11 in this post.
Washable Cloth Wipes Washable wipes are a must. I’ve found them to be much more user-friendly with my two littles. Plus- you’ll never stick your finger through a cloth wipe on accident. UGH! These also work just as well on adult bums, if you’re open to that kind of thing. 😉
For more info on zero waste shopping, I found this blog post from Kathryn at Going Zero Waste to be very informative about how to shop without bulk bins.
Do you practice a zero waste home? Tell me more in the comments!
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