We would all enjoy living in a better environment. One that is clean and waste-free. Needless to say, there is no better time to make life changes that will impact the environment in a positive way. If you have been thinking of making the switch to a life of no waste but do not know where to start, you will love these zero waste swaps:
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- Swapping plastic bags for reusable shopping bags
Think of that moment when you walk into the supermarket, do a substantial amount of shopping and realize that you actually have to pay for a plastic bag ($0.15 per bag) so that you can carry your shopping home. With everything that you bought, you would think that they will give you a complimentary plastic bag but to your dismay! According to research, the average American family uses over 14,000 plastic bags annually. But by using your own reusable bag, you will save a substantial amount of money and reduce waste at the same time. The good news is that reusable bags are not easily prone to tear and can be used for years.
- Swap plastic straws for reusable ones
Plastic straw litter is found everywhere… by the sidewalk, at the beach, in the office trash, and in many other places. And let’s face it, with every person using a maximum of one straw per day, it adds to a total of 500 million plastic straws on a daily basis. But it is safe to say that change begins with you. Why don’t you swap your plastic straw for a reusable straw and reduce waste? You can also substitute plastic with paper straws.
- Swap single-use coffee cups for reusable ones
There is nothing better than kick-starting your day with a good cup of coffee. But as you drink from your single-use cup and then toss it away, you are creating unnecessary waste in the environment. Using a reusable coffee cup is a great way to embrace the environment. By carrying your own coffee cup, you will equally enjoy a $0.10 discount in a majority of coffee shops.
- Swap plastic cutlery and utensils for stainless steel
When eating on the go, or at the office, it is best to have reusable cutlery with you. This will eliminate the hassle that comes with looking for a plastic spoon or fork especially if your takeout restaurant forgets to include one. It is also best to avoid eating from disposable plates at home because you will enjoy your reusable plate time and time again without creating waste for the environment.
- Swap your plastic shower curtain for a fabric one
Plastic shower curtains are made using chemicals that are toxic to the environment. Thus, fabric shower curtains are always a better choice because they are more appealing to the eyes and can be used for a long time without attracting mold and mildew, unlike their plastic counterparts.
You will not only love these zero waste swaps but you will also improve your overall health and save money in the long run. Most importantly, you will be saying no to waste and landfills. Remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Start making slow but sure changes and in no time, you will be fully committed to a zero waste lifestyle.
I will have to try some of these out. We do have fabric shower curtains. They’re so much prettier.
I still have a few swaps I need to consistently make.
Plastic bags are the most used for me, so I have to work onto not forgetting to bring my reusable. Hehe
This is one thing that we are exercising since the start of this year. Avoiding using plastic helps the environment to stay clean.
These are nice ideas that will enable each person to do their part to make the world a better place.,
These are some great swaps I have to admit I LOVE reusable shoppers, there are some really fun ones on the market now.
We have made all of those swaps except the shower curtain. I need to find a pretty one that will let the light pass through.
I try to do my best to waste less. Thanks for these suggestions!
I’ve done a few of these swaps already . I need to continue doing the rest now
I actually do most of these already so patting myself on the back. I love using reusable bags that I can bag myself!
A lot of good suggestions, but with straws… I’d just say, stop using them. They really aren’t necessary.
We should be doing these to have a better environment to live in. My family is trying our best to use reusable things at home.
I’ve done some of these things already! And we don’t use plastic curtain at home too.