zero waste for beginners

Zero-waste lifestyle for beginners

Choosing to implement a more sustainable lifestyle means not only loving nature but also being aware of the entire life cycle of each object and their impact. Since it might be scary to change our habits from one moment to the next, I decided to list the main items that will help us change our lifestyle without drastically compromising our habits. Here, I’m sharing a list of few items to have for a Zero-waste lifestyle for beginners.

With small actions, it’s possible to make big changes

Before listing the zero waste products that can not miss in the house, let’s take a step back and try to understand why it is preferable to reduce the purchase of plastic. We all know, alas, that plastic is everywhere, even where it shouldn’t be. If you’d like to learn more, check out my post. I know that plastic can be recycled, but seeing it everywhere I prefer to avoid it to contribute as little as possible to this problem.

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Gabi

Zero-waste lifestyle for beginners

Zero-waste lifestyle for beginners

1. Beeswax’s wraps

The Beeswax wraps are made mainly of organic cotton and beeswax. They are compostable and are used to replace the common plastic wraps that we normally use to cover leftovers.  The beeswax wraps are reusable and pliable. Honestly, I was skeptical about washing them but it was easier than I thought. It was enough to wash them with water and they were ready to be used again. If you are interested in similar items, you can find them here.

2. Bamboo Dish Brush

I don’t know why I didn’t buy it before! The bamboo dish brush is a great alternative to replace ordinary sponges! It doesn’t produce micro-plastic like the common sponges and removes the dirt easily and quickly. I changed sponges roughly every 2-3 weeks, buying a new set every 2 months, and spending per year about 30€ on sponges >.< The bamboo brush indeed lasts for months. Mine is still the first day after 2 months. If you are interested in similar items, you can find them here.

3. Re-Usable Bamboo Towels

The reusable bamboo towels are a great eco alternative to replace paper towels avoiding useless plastic packaging. They are made of organic bamboo, can be easily washed, dried, and reused up to 85 times. By using them we don’t just save money but also help the environment. It’s a win to win situation and I would give this product a chance. If you are interested in a similar item, you can find it here.

4. Stainless Steel Water Bottle

A stainless steel water bottle is a great way to stop buying plastic bottles. I find it really useful and not exaggeratedly heavy when it’s completely full. I bring it with me also when I go to the gym and I noticed that I’m not the only one that is using it! If you want to help the planet as well and buy a stainless steel water bottle click here πŸ™‚

5. Menstrual cup

For women, last but not least the menstrual cup. I don’t consider menstruations taboo. In my opinion, definitely one of the best inventions of this century. I have to admit that switching to a menstrual cup could be not the easiest thing. In the beginning, it could be tricky to be comfortable with it but it’s just a matter of time and practice. My suggestion would be just to try it, giving the cup a chance and understand if it could be right for you. The menstrual cup lasts for 10 years, doesn’t contribute to generating garbage, and saves definitely your money! In the market there are lots of different cups, you can have a look and choose your favorite here.

6. Digital Card

Another way to be more eco-sustainable is to prefer digital products to paper ones. Recently I had the chance to try e-cards of the brand Paperless Post that gave me 200coins to try out their products. After trying it out, I highly recommend it!

I think it’s a great idea to send digital greetings or congratulations, and avoid those on paper.
Let’s be honest. How many of us still keep cards or invitations received in these years? Maybe, we saved a couple of them because we got from very close people, but most of them were thrown away. Such a waste of paper!

In digital form, we can easily store and review all greetings whenever we feel the need. Paperless Post offers a huge collection of cards, greetings, invitations, and many e-cards are created by famous designers. I found the e-cards much more fun and I like the feature that they can be customized as wanted.

Why not take a look at them?

Zero-waste lifestyle for beginners: considerations

These are only a few items that can help you to move towards a lifestyle with fewer wastes and more awareness. They can be considered as a starting point to make our lives but also the life of a new generation more sustainable. Let me know, if this article was useful, leave me a comment below.

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30 thoughts on “Zero-waste lifestyle for beginners”

  1. Great overview. I think it’s important though not to fall into a eco conscious consumer trap – many eco items offered for purchased can be replaced by simple items we already have – e.g. instead of buying beeswax wraps one can simply use a container or cover a bowl with a small dish…

  2. What a great post and couldn’t agree more. Since I became vegan in 2013 I’ve been progressively changing my lifestyle, I am more mindful and aware of the impact of my choices. Every little change helps to make the world a better place. Thank you for sharing this very useful tips.

  3. Great post girl! I never thought of the bamboo dish brush either. We buy sponges all the time. This might be the first replacement I make in my house. I have seeing menstrual cups but I I’m hesitant simply because I don’t know if I will do it right or end up wasting it! As an alternative though I do try to look for napkins that are completely biodegradable. Thanks for sharing! ❀️

  4. There are some great ideas here ☺︎ Switching to a menstrual cup was a real game-changer for me; it definitely took some getting used to, but was simple after that. As well as being low-waste, it also paid for itself extremely quickly and I’m grateful that I no longer have to spend £££ on tampons πŸ™ƒ They aren’t for everyone of course, but there are plenty of reusable period products out there. Thanks!

  5. thank you! I think that even with small gestures, such as starting to use these products, we can make our lives more eco-sustainable πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks! Be more sustainable is important for us but first of all for our planet! Thanks for reading it πŸ™‚

  7. These are such great suggestions! I could be doing so much more to help the environment but try not to use plastic unless absolutely necessary.

  8. These are great suggestions! When I switched to a menstrual cup it really changed my life! I honestly feel like I’m less wasteful each month.

  9. I love articles that share ways on how we should conserve our resources. I use the stainless steel cups and have always wanted to shop for beeswax wraps. Adding the bamboo dish washing brush now to my list. So glad you suggested that. Had no idea!

  10. These are some great ways to reduce plastic. We’ve been making a conscious effort since the start of the year, and use shampoo bars and soap bars, and have a safety razor to stop using disposables too x

  11. These are Great tips! I definitely want to try the beeswax wraps. We cut paper towels last year and just use plain white cloths for cleanups and napkins and it wasn’t so bad!

  12. Great post! I’m slowly starting to add more sustainable products into my everyday life (burlap bags for the grocery store, metals straws, etc.) and there are some great products here to consider. Thanks!

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