Going completely zero-waste is a commitment that a lot of families simply aren’t dedicated to making in their daily lives. Trying to reduce waste without a clear gameplan can be difficult, so we’re going to help you get started on the right path. This week we’re showing you ways that you can integrate sustainability into your life without going overboard with a complete life change. Zero-waste doesn’t have to be difficult, and we’re here to walk you through transitioning into a more sustainable lifestyle.
PACKAGE FREE SHAMPOO
It might not even cross your mind that your shampoo bottles are some of the easiest things in your home to replace with a more sustainable option. These shampoo bars by Lush are blowing up everywhere, and offer a hip, efficient, and easy way to replace those plastic bottles. The vegan bars are a 2-1 deal, not only shampooing but also conditioning your hair and skin. The amount of washes you get all depends on the amount of product you use, and most users claim that the bars last up to one or two months. For anywhere from $10-13, people are excited to not only save money on hair care products, but save the planet, too. Also be sure to check if your other shampoo bottles are recyclable products that don’t need to be put into a landfill.
While you’re in your bathroom using your shampoo bar, be sure to upgrade to a bamboo toothbrush too. Bamboo toothbrushes are examples of products that produce zero waste. For only $20 for a 4-pack of natural bamboo toothbrushes, there’s no excuse to not make the switch. The package along with every part of the toothbrush are biodegradable, and each brush lasts just as long as a plastic one. The only difference is that most bamboo toothbrushes can’t be bought at your local convenience store, meaning you’ll have to plan ahead. However, with them being shipped directly to your front door, this might be the easiest switch ever for you to shift your lifestyle towards a zero-waste home.
STAINLESS STEEL STRAW…OR, NO STRAW
Another way to reduce waste is by switching to reusable straws. The no straw movement has taken America by storm, and many companies and cities are jumping on board. Why are so many people getting behind this movement? It’s so easy that we’re not quite sure why we didn’t start this a decade… or five… ago. Even though these are great examples of reusable products, people with disabilities who require straws to drink are now not being provided with straws. Luckily, there are plenty of biodegradable options. For individuals who require a stiffer more durable straw than paper ones, stainless steel straws are a great option. If you don’t need a straw to be able to consume your beverage, you can begin this change by asking your waitress to not bring you a straw with your water or soda. Stop buying straws at the grocery store. If you require a straw, consider investing in a zero-waste option, like paper straws or a metal straw so you’ll never find yourself opting for a plastic alternative.
REPLACING YOUR PLASTIC GROCERY BAG
While we’ve heard about reusable grocery bags time and time again, many families still haven’t switched to these sustainable products. Cutting plastic bags out of your shopping routine is a huge help, as they are single handedly killing our wildlife and environment. If you find yourself taking multiple small grocery trips through the week or month, consider opting for an organic cotton tote. If you’ll use the tote for your non-frequent high-volume grocery trips, consider opting for a sturdier fabric or material. These totes are eco-friendly products that will last you years, save countless wild animals, and will save you from having to keep that random plastic bag cabinet or drawer in your home. Simply fold the totes up in your cart until you check out, and hand them off to your clerk as you check out. This truly won’t inconvenience you in any way, other than the initial investment of totes to match your needs.Sound off below if you’ve made a change in your life to produce less waste, and what inspired you to do so. If you’d like your next eco-friendly life change to be implementing solar energy in an effort to create a zero waste home, we’re here to help. Call us here at J-Tech Solar today to get started with a free estimation!