Ways to Transition to a Zero-Waste Lifestyle

In the beginning, many people believe that it may be difficult to transition to a zero-waste lifestyle. I know I felt that way for a long time!

Since becoming more aware of the plastic pollution problem, I knew I needed to reduce the amount of waste our family was making.

Yet, with three young daughters, it hyundaisemarang.id feels pretty daunting since it’s not just me that would need to transition to a zero-waste lifestyle. I’m sure a lot of parents feel the same, and a lot of us probably give up before we even begin.

When my first daughter was born about 10 years ago, cloth diapers were becoming widely used again, and many parents were making the switch. I considered it back then but felt overwhelmed since I was working fulltime and my daughter was going to go to daycare. I knew our daycare wouldn’t be able to manage cloth diapering. So I succumbed without much resistance to using disposable diapers.

Talk about feeling guilty!

I know we are contributing more than our fair share of plastic waste, but yet, what choice do I have when my daughter’s life literally depends on her use of these medical interventions and supplies?

Obviously, her health and well-being come first. So I just kept going through the motions without allowing myself to think about all the waste we were creating.

1. Refuse Plastic Bags

This first step is one that you may already do! Bring reusable shopping bags when you go grocery shopping. If you don’t have any, most grocery stores have them for purchase and are pretty affordable. You can even make your own, or you can reuse sturdy paper bags as well.

2. Refuse Plastic Straws

This may be one of the easiest switches to make! Just carry a stainless steel straw, or this silicone straw by Go Sili, in your bag or purse and next time you are at a restaurant, you can say “no thank you” when the server reaches for a plastic straw! For more tips and info, check out the Guide to Eliminating Single-Use Plastic Straws.

3. Refuse Plastic Utensils

Make a zero-waste tool kit on a budget that you can keep in your purse, bag, or car. This compact kit allows you to refuse plastic utensils (and more). Read more HERE on how to create your own! At a minimum, you can start by refusing the plastic straws and utensils by carrying them with you when you are on-the-go.

4. Refuse Plastic Water Bottles

Bring your own reusable water bottle when you leave the house and this way you won’t ever need to buy a single-use plastic water bottle from the store or restaurant. Glass and stainless steel water bottles are the best for your health, but use what you have at home to get started at zero cost!

5. Refuse Plastic Storage Bags

Ditch the plastic sandwich bags and use reusable food storage instead! It’s always best to reuse something you already have on hand rather than buy new (part of the zero-waste movement). However, if you are in need of something new, our family is really liking the Stasher bags. You can learn more about why these are a great option in Eco-friendly Tips for Your Family.