100 Zero Waste tips guide for all occasions
Living with less waste in your day to day is really possible and we want to help you achieve it. That is why we have created a super list of zero waste tips classified by topic.
Today we can replace most products we normally buy with alternatives that last longer, are reusable, and are made from more sustainable materials.
Below you will find many examples of this. Shall we start?
10 Essential Zero Waste Tips
The most important thing to stop generating waste is changing your mindset.
So before we start with an extensive list of alternative products and swaps, let’s go through the real Zero Waste basics.
Before buying anything new, let’s internalize all the “Rs”:
- Reduce. Ask yourself if you need it
- Reutiliza. Use what you have at home, exchange or buy second-hand
- Reuse.If it is going to be a punctual use, borrow it or rent it
- Replace. Swap things progressively when you run out of it
- Repair. If it is broken, try to repair it
- Refuse. Loose the fear of saying “no”, it’s a powerful act!
- Reaffirm yourself.Don’t blame yourself for being imperfect, it all adds up!
- Recreate. Do it yourself or build it if you can and learn new skills
- Resist to immediately satisfy your material needs
- Reshare your learnings and small gestures to inspire others
2- Zero Waste tips for shopping
- Organize and concentrate your purchase: buy once a week, prepare a shopping list, plan a weekly menu menu …
- Buy bulk products. As much as possible, buy in bulk, seasonal and local.
- Find stores near you by downloading our app! 🙂
- Bring your container when you go shopping for products such as meat, fish, cheese or sausages
- Uses reusable bags for general purchase
- Incorporate the habit of always carrying an extra bag in your bag or backpack. If you can’t avoid taking a plastic bag when shopping, reuse it as many times as possible
- Use reusable mesh bags (or cloth) for fruit, vegetables or nuts
- Avoid buying drinks and other products in plastic.Better glass or cans instead (or make it at home!)
- Avoid monodoses: try to buy in large quantities or family format
- Prioritize concentrated products
- Reject tickets and bills when possible: some contain bisphenol A and are not recyclable. You can also ask your local store to make them available via email or through your loyality card
3- Zero Waste Tips in the Kitchen
- Install a water filter in your kitchen and say goodbye to plastic water bottles at home, You can also use activated carbon filters.
- Change the scouring pad for a natural loofah sponge or coconut fiber scouring pads.
- Use a wooden one, or one with a reusable handle so you only have to change the main part
- Swipe your synthetic for a cleanable one made of cotton and / or cellulose cloths , they do not release microplastics
- Avoid foil or aluminum foil. Use tuppers or beeswax
- Learn a recipes to make better use of food and avoid food waste
- Make your own homemade veggie drinks instead of buying them bottled
- Prepare your own yogurts at home, it’s super easy!
- Go back to the cloth napkin
- Reuse glass jars to store food and other products
- Buy dishwasher soap in bulk or make it at home
- Say goodbye to disposable coffee capsules, take back the Italian coffee maker or use a refillable capsule with coffee bought in bulk
- Store food in transparent containers so you can keep track of how much is left, plan meals and prevent food waste
- Share your leftovers with neighbors, friends and family
- Freeze your spare food before is too ripe
- Use matches instead of lighters if you have to buy a new one. If you already have a lighter, refill it with gas
4- Zero Waste Tips for the Bathroom
- Use a toothbrush that is not single-use plastic (made of mambú for example)
- Switch to body soap and solid shampoo or make your own at home
- Use natural toothpaste without microplastics (or make it at home too!)
- Say goodbye to disposable wipes. Switch to washable and reusable cotton ones
- Switch to solid deodorant
- Change the toilet paper for a recycled paper
- Switch to reusable makeup remover pads or use pure coconut oil.
- Use reusable swabs made of bamboo, wood, cotton or oliculi
- Feminine hygiene: change the pads and tampons for the menstrual cup, cloth pads or special underware
- Try making your own home cosmetics: attend a workshop or watch some tutorials and learn something new!
- Use a loofah sponge to shower
- Use silk dental floss
5- Zero Waste Tips at Work or Office
- Always use your own reusable glass or bottle to drink water (and encourage others to do the same)
- Use your own reusable cup of coffee and spoon for the coffee machine or for the cafeteria/canteen
- Ask your company them to install a water fountain or filter and avoid buying bottled water
- Eliminate general wastebaskets next to each table and create a single garbage point where everything can be easily recycled
- At the toilet, suggest changing the hand dryer for an air hand dryer to save paper
- Propose switching to an energy company that provides electricity from renewables
- Suggest to use ecological non-toxit cleaning products for the office
- Suggest light sensors be installed to save energy
- Bring your own snacks to avoid ending up buying monodose, plastic-wrapped and unhealthy food in the vending machine (try nuts, fruit or homemade cookies)
- Bring your home-made food with a lunchbox
- Digitalize all the brochures and flyers you normally use for customers and suppliers: turn them into ebooks and pdf files
- Avoid long mail chains: they use more energy from the servers. If they are short topics, use internal chats or calls instead when possible
- Organize an awareness-raising activity with your team: as our talks and workshops or outdoor activities like beach cleanups
- Say goodbye to post-its, they are not recyclable! Try taking digital notes instead or productivity online free programs such as Trello, Asana or just Google Keep
- Invest in a second screen and start working on your computer with two screens. Once you get used to it, you will avoid printing a lot of documents
- Empty your trash email folder and delete all the emails you don’t need to keep in order to save energy from servers
- Refuse business cards. Take a picture of them instead and save the contact info later
- Choose pencils over pens, even for markers
6- Zero Waste Tips for: shopping, leisure and travel
- Always carry a reusable water bottle and remember to fill it public places such at airports, stations, libraries or public fountains
- Read books in digital format
- Before buying something such as souvenirs, ask yourself if you can borrow or rent it instead
- Remember to say “no straw please” when ordering a drink or refuse it
- Give your clothes a second life with upcycling ideas
- If you go to a show, don’t print your ticket, show them on your mobile to save paper
- If you go to the movies, bring your homemade popcorn bought in bulk. It is much healthier and cheap!
- Going to a music festival? Find out about the actions organizers do to reduce waste and contribute to them
- In bars and restaurants, reject everything superfluous: sugar envelope, straws, ketchup monodoses… etc
- Avoid using glitter, it is made of microplastics and they harm the environment
- Wherever you go, carry your travel kit with you: bottle, cloth napkin, take away container …
- When traveling by car, carpool with a car-sharing platform and prioritize public transport whenever possible
- Exchange houses when you travel, you will avoid having to buy new things that you will use on time and you will have a much more local experience!
- Do not take the individual soaps from the hotels and ask the owners to replace them for dispensers
- When eating outdoors, bring picnic kit and avoid disposables! It’s a useful thing to have one in your car
- Take a container when you go to a restaurant in case there are leftovers to prevent them from being thrown away
- When traveling, try to buy in local stores instead of big chains
- If you buy online, try to make it in a local business with collecting points in your neighborhood or city
- Buy second-hand whenever possible: you’ll save money and waste
8- Zero Waste Tips at Home
- Use a home-made multipurpose cleaner or use a refillable non-toxic option
- Stick an “advertising not accepted ” sign in your mailbox
- Swap paper tissues for a cloth handckerchief
- Gifts: offers experiences instead of material things
- Offer plants instead of flowers
- Avoid wrapping paper: reuse or use fabrics with the Furoshiki technique
- Digitalize all your bills: ask companies to send you billls, invoices and receipts via email
- Swap plastic clothespins for wooden or metal ones if you have to buy new ones
- Read ebooks and magazines instead of paper ones
9- Family Zero Waste Tips
- If you have a baby, try using reusable nappies
- If you have a baby, use reusable cloth diapers whenever possible
- If you prepare snacks or s, wrap them with beeswax or use reusable containers
- If you organize a party at home, use a reusable party kit and avoid disposables
- Instead of buying new toys, try a toy subscription service
- Make up games with recycled materials for the kids!
- Exchange second-hand clothes with other families
- For Carnival or Halloween, make your own costumes at home with reusable or recycled materials
- Buy pet food in bulk
That’s all for now. Hope you found useful tips for your personal zero waste journey 🙂
What are your tips to reduce waste on a daily basis?
Tell us and we will expand the list!