Zero-waste is a buzz term we often hear when discussing sustainable living and greener lifestyles, but is it actually possible?
Simply put, yes. It is, but it does take work, much like any major lifestyle shift. We’re major believers in starting somewhere at Ettitude, so without further ado, here are 5 Easy Steps To Building a Zero-Waste Home that anyone can do!
Step 1: Re-valuate Your Kitchen Waste
Swap paper towels for reusable rags, trade sandwich bags for stainless steel containers, and compost your kitchen scraps. If you’re really getting into it you’ll be creating much less waste, so you might be able to do away with trash bags altogether.
Step 2: Waste-Free at the Grocery
Buy your food in bulk or at the counter. Bring reusable bags for dry goods, jars or containers for wet items such as deli items, cheese, and butter, and bottles for liquids and sauces. You can also bring your Ettitude fabric bag to the bakery for your bread or your Ettitude resealable bag for snacks, like nuts!
Step 3: Do Away With Mr. Clean
Try making your own natural cleaning products like white vinegar as an all-purpose cleaner, baking soda for scrubbing, and lemons for…anything. Lemon, like vinegar, is also an effective cleaner. The acid in lemons is antibacterial and antiseptic, and it acts as a natural bleach. Plus, it smells amazing.
Step 4: The Throne Room
You may be a bit confused by this one, but hear us out on this. Have you ever thought of how much waste comes from daily use of toilet paper? Spoiler alert, it’s a lot! There’s good news though. You can reduce your use of toilet paper by switching to a TUSHY bidet. When you use a bidet, you can reduce your toilet paper use by 80%. If you want to go for gold and altogether remove toilet paper from your bathroom routine, you can use TUSHY bamboo bum towels, which are made from 100% bamboo fibers, to dry off after cleaning with TUSHY. If you still want to use some paper to pat dry, go tree-free. TUSHY’s bamboo toilet paper is a super soft alternative to traditional bleached rolls we’ve been told to wipe with. Plus, we have a special offer of 10% off your order at HelloTUSHY.com for US-based customers and Free Shipping to Australia and New Zealand for orders over $100.
Step 5: Wardrobe Makeover Time
Buy exclusively second-hand clothing. Vintage, second-hand and thrift stores have become more and more popular, so there’s no excuse! Plus, it can be like a fun scavenger hunt. There’s nothing better than finding a gem at a fraction of the price, with the added bonus of giving that item a new life. If you do want to buy new, buy a brand with an unconditional warranty so you can return any time.
These easy simple fixes are significant first steps that can expand beyond these areas of your life and before you know it, your home will be the zero-waste talk of the town. Remember to reduce, re-use, recycle …and compost, if you’re feeling extra green.