5 Zero-Waste Hacks You Need to Know

Learn how to channel your inner eco warrior 

If you’ve been toying with the idea of going zero-waste, but you’ve become lost in the sea of influencers, don’t worry – we’ve got you. As with any lifestyle transformation, you’ll need to be prepared to make some big changes. But if you’re a waste-free newbie, try focusing on these five simple steps to get your started.

1. Buy in Bulk

Zero-waste stores are popping up all around the country, and they’re a great way to get hold of ethically-sourced products which aren’t covered in plastic. Most stores will ask you to bring your own containers to reduce the need for excess packaging, while also allowing you to walk away with as much, or as little as you need to help reduce waste. Buying large amounts of a product will help to save your pennies and reduce the amount of times you need to visit the store, so it’s a win-win!

© Sylvie Tittel zero waste bag

2. Say ‘no’

Do you need some takeaway cutlery? Would you like a plastic straw? Do you need a carrier bag? The answer to all these questions – and others similar – should always be a flat ‘no’. There’s also something quite liberating about the power of refusing single-use plastics. It has the tendency to be quite addictive – the more you say it, the more you realise you don’t need it.

3. Make it Yourself

Whether it’s a tomato picked from the garden, or a concoction of natural products to make your own shampoo bar, the chances are, if it’s made at home it will feel better. Get creative with the products that you use and eat to know what goes into them, and avoid nasty chemicals. Going au naturel is good for the mind, body and soul – as well as the environment, of course.

4. Repair it

Do you have an old blouse with a hole in the armpit? Or a lamp that’s on its last legs? In stead of chucking it in the bin, do a bit of research and learn how to fix it. Not only is this a great way to learn a new skill, but you may even find yourself a new hobby. If you want to give your wardrobe, home or garden a face lift, upcycle old items to give them a new lease of life at half the price.

5. Do Your Best

It’s true what they say: practice makes perfect, and living a zero-waste lifestyle is certainly no exception. Like with any major change, there will be ups and downs – you’ll have day’s when it seems next to impossible, and other days when it feels so easy, you’ll question why you didn’t start your new life sooner.

It would be nearly impossible to go completely zero-waste overnight; it will take time to find your feet – it will be a lot of trial and error, but that’s okay! Don’t be too hard on yourself, and know that you’re doing your best to make the world a better place.