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Zero Waste For Beginners

A simple and easy start to your zero waste journey. These steps are only the tip of the iceberg, but it should be a relatively good starting point for you if you are just beginning to make the switch. Remember you can't do this all at once, and thats perfectly alright. The zero waste journey is a step by step process and it will take a little bit of time in order to perfect. 

Lets dive into the steps: 

1. Eat Less/No Meat

The planet cannot sustain millions of meat eaters, the amount we eat meat will eventually lead to shortage of meat for essential meat eaters. Not to mention, the production of meat releases CO2 emissions into the air, specifically Beef and Lamb. If more of us were vegetarian we would be able to feed more people and cause less environmental damage. For a long time I was under the impression that if there are so many chicken and cows in the world, and if we don't eat them then there will be a surplus. However, I was very wrong and a great book 'Freakonomics' taught me this exactly. Mass meat production causes airborne diseases and contributes to green house gases. There is no excuse as to why we HAVE to eat meat. 

2. Say no to fast fashion

Personally, I did not make this change till about a year ago. Last summer I was still shopping at H&M kidding myself that they're "going green." But the truth of the matter is that it is not in fast fashions best interest to become more eco conscious. They make their money through the seasons of clothing, and all the "New Arrivals" that they hang up in the window shop. But just cause you aren't shopping at the stores that are trendy doesn't mean you don't have to look good. You can thrift shop at places like Crossroads, Buffalo Exchange and Goodwill. You will be surprised with the items of clothing you find! To learn more check out my blog post on 'Why You Need To Switch To Thrift Shopping."

3. Buy local 

When grocery shopping, furniture shipping or even flower shopping try and buy as local as you can! Chances are that the quality would be better plus you would not be adding as much to the travel emissions. Large corporations like Amazon and Google create a Monopoly environment that disallow more local and eco-friendly alternatives to thrive. 

4. Swap out your bathroom products 

There are several items that you change swap out for more eco - friendly products in your bathroom: 

. Plastic razor -> Metal razor

. Plastic toothbrush ->  Bamboo toothbrush 

. *Plastic loofah -> Natural Loofah 

. Shampoo/Conditioner bottles -> Shampoo/conditioner bars

. *Face/ body wash -> Soap bars

. Plastic soap dish -> Metal box 

5. Swap out your kitchen utensils 

There are several items that you change swap out for more eco - friendly products in your bathroom: 

. *Dish soap -> Natural soap bars 

. *Dish sponge -> Natural loofah sponge

. Plastic Tupperware -> Soy wax/beeswax paper, metal boxes, jars

. Paper towels -> Reusable napkins 

6. SAY NO TO PLASTIC!

Get into the habit of refusing all the plastic that you can! Say no to all single use plastic. When going out to eat carry your own metal utensils and straws. Refuse to use plastic bags, instead carry your own cloth bags. When getting food to go ask them to refrain from giving you the plastic spoon and fork. Carry your own reusable cup/mug wherever you go incase you want to purchase a drink. 

7. Switch up your laundry room 

You can read about this in more detail in my blog 'The Truth Behind Your Detergent.' The main gist of it is that big brand laundry detergents consist of many chemicals that lead to negative health impacts like skin and throat irritations, carcinogenic and hormone disrupters. Many of these chemicals tend to seep into your bloodstream as well causing permanent damaged to your health. As an alternative you should switch out to *natural laundry detergent. You can even find cotton dryer balls that are more eco-friendly. 

8. Recycle 

Start recycling like you mean it! Study up on your local recycling center, what can you REALLY recycle? Did you know that jars that still have their labels on them cannot be recycled? Any dirty tissue or napkin is not recyclable either. And by making a simple mistake you might be disrupting the recycling process. Any packages with writing on them cannot be recycled, so many sure to not mix these items up in your recycling bin!

9. Grow what you can 

The Earths soil is so much more important for this planet than you realize. Did you know that we are only dependent on the top 10 inches of soil for producing food? The unfortunate truth is that we have already ruined 1/3rd of the planets usable soil. Which means we have to be extremely careful with what we have left. Focus on what you can grow at home, and practice regeneration farming. Even if you can just grow Tomatoes in your garden, or in a pot on your balcony you will be making a difference to the overall farm lifestyle 

10. Compost

This is somewhat in ties with what I mentioned above, but try and compost when you can! Even if that means keeping a small compost bin on your kitchen counter, do it! If you don't have a garden then look for a local community garden that will collect your compost for you. The Earth will benefit from your food scraps a lot more than the trash will! 

Remember that the zero waste journey is a learning curve! No one, including myself, gets it all in one go. We are all still learning from each other on how to live the best eco life we possibly can. Start small and then build up big, but be easy on yourself because you are essentially changing your entire lifestyle. Which is not a small thing. I hope you found this guide helpful and that it will make your process a little smoother. I am working on a Zero Waste Kit with link to lead you to all the above mentioned items so that you know exactly where to purchase your items. 

Until then, keep fighting for a cleaner and greener future!

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