Zero-Waste Living: 10 Practical Steps to a Sustainable Lifestyle

Zero-Waste Living: 10 Practical Steps to a Sustainable Lifestyle

You’re tired of the excessive waste and you want to make a difference. You know that small changes can have a big impact, so you’re ready to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle. Where do you even start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, even if you wonder what to do with old phone cases. Living sustainably may seem challenging, but with a few practical steps, you’ll be well on your way to producing little to no waste.

Sustainable Food and Grocery Shopping on a Budget

  • Say no to single-use plastics whenever you can. Carry reusable bags, bottles, and cutlery with you instead of using disposable options.
  • Buy in bulk and choose products with less packaging. Look for items sold loose or in larger sizes and avoid individually wrapped portions. Shop at stores that offer bulk items and allow you to bring your own containers.
  • Reuse what you already have. Don’t throw away plastic containers, bags or bottles – wash and reuse them. Repurpose them for storage or other uses around the home.
  • Replace plastic food storage bags and wraps with reusable containers, bags, and beeswax or cotton wraps. They work just as well and are better for the environment.
  • Avoid microplastics like plastic glitter, exfoliants in cosmetics and air fresheners. These tiny plastic particles pollute the environment and harm wildlife.
  • Say “No straw, please” when ordering drinks. If you need a straw, carry a reusable one with you.
  • Use a refillable water bottle instead of buying bottled water. This cuts down on plastic bottle waste and saves you money.
  • Bring your own takeout containers to restaurants for leftovers instead of using their plastic ones.
  • Donate, recycle and compost as much as possible. Reduce waste and keep plastics out of landfills and the oceans.
  • Spread awareness about the impacts of plastic pollution and encourage local businesses and government to take action. Together, we can all have an effect!

Making Your Home Zero-Waste: Recycling, Composting and Reusing Household Items

Shopping for groceries sustainably and on a budget can be challenging, but with some planning it’s doable.

Make a meal plan and grocery list before shopping to avoid impulse buys and ensure you only buy what you need for the week. Buy in-season produce which is more affordable and sustainable.  Don’t be afraid to buy imperfect or “ugly” fruits and veggies – they taste the same and are often cheaper.

 Bulk Up And Avoid Packaging

Buy grains, nuts, and legumes from the bulk section and bring your own reusable bags  and containers to fill. Not only does this reduce waste, but bulk items are frequently more affordable.  If bulk isn’t an option, choose the largest size and most sustainable packaging available.

 Shop Sales And Store Brands

Check store ads for the best deals and stock up on non-perishables when they’re on sale. Store brands or generics often cost less with similar quality.  Private labels from stores focused on sustainability like Trader Joe’s, Aldi and Lidl are also budget-friendly.

Meal Prep And Leftovers Are Key

Cook more than you need for one meal so you have leftovers to enjoy throughout the week. Meal prepping staples like rice, beans, soups and stews in large batches saves time and money.

Following these steps and making sustainable choices whenever you can will help the environment and your wallet. Focus on progress, not perfection – every small change makes a difference. Keep at it and zero-waste grocery shopping on a budget will become second nature.