If you're a beginner:⟡Save jars from pantry items to use for bulk items like rice, popcorn, dried fruits, nuts legumes, and other grains. Anato's Baume Réparateur jar makes an empty spice jar once empty.⟡Switch to purchasing from the bulk bins at the grocery store with your saved jars.⟡DIY a plastic bag drying tree like this one.If you've already began you zero-waste journey:⟡Learn how to make beeswax food wraps that will replace your use of seran wrap or tin foil. Check out Anato's DIY Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap workshop. ⟡Stop using paper towels. Make rags out of old clothes and towels.If you want to dive deeper:⟡Rather than relying on condiments to add extra flavor, incorporate as many fresh perennial herbs in your cooking. Start your own perennial herb garden with these tips.⟡Repurpose an old container to collect food scraps in. Compost these food scraps in your yard, to make rich fertilizer for your garden, or sign up for a residential food scrap collection service that can compost for you.⟡Take these food scraps and start a vermicompost system with worms - a great solution for indoor composting as it does not release a foul order, and composts very quickly.
If you're a beginner:⟡Refill all of your cosmetic products in the bulk section of a local health shop. If planned appropriately, you will never need to buy a new plastic packaged shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, body wash, etc....⟡Did you know Anato sells refill options for both of our serums? This allows you to reuse your serum dispenser.If you've already began your zero waste journey :⟡Cut down on your shampoo and conditioner use by doing a weekly hair rinse of 1 part apple cider vinegar blended with 5 parts water. The diluted vinegar is clarifying, strengthening, and balancing to your scalp’s PH.If you want to dive deeper:⟡Regularly do an armpit detox! Read this article to learn what that means and how to do it. This will help your body transition to a natural deodorant packaged without plastic. ⟡Partake in Anato’s Workshop “Herbal Remedies 101 & DIY First Aid Balm”
A zero-waste gardener will focus their plantings on perennial plants because they are low maintenance, last forever, require less water, and contribute to healthier soils that sequester carbon. Read more about why perennials rock.If you're a beginner:⟡ Say no to plastic encased starts ↠ DIY your own starts. Save seeds from your fruits and veggies and plant them in cardboard egg cartons. Then transplant to the garden.⟡ Research plant propagation techniques like stem cuttings and crown division to limit what you need to buy from the nursery.⟡ Got lots of weeds? Try using cardboard to mulch the surface and naturally kill the weeds.If you've already began your zero waste journey:⟡ DIY a rainwater collection system⟡ Use the “chop and drop” method from permaculture principles. Find a plant in your yard, chop it into small bits, and drop it around the base of a plant that needs mulching. You will add nutrients and prevent water loss with this method. If you want to dive deeper:⟡DIY a compost bin! Check out Kiss The Ground’s video “How To Compost At Home: Simple & Clean” for tips. Vermicompost is a great system for small spaces and indoor set-ups.
If you're a beginner:⟡ Say no to individually packaged food products ↠ Say yes to jars and reusable cloth bags for bulk bin items⟡ Say no to zip lock bags ↠ Say yes to washable silicon bags⟡ Say no to buying fruits and vegetables wrapped in plastic ↠ Say yes to local produce and use your own produce bagsIf you've already began your zero waste journey:⟡ Say no to brown paper bags and disposable lunch bags ↠ Say yes to an eco lunchbox⟡ Say no to single use plastic dish soap ↠ Say yes to refilling your dish soap bottle in the bulk section of a local shop.⟡ Say no to disposable sponges ↠ Say yes to a dishwashing brush (our absolute fave!)If you want to dive deeper:⟡ Collect food scraps and sign up for a composting service that will come to your house⟡ Say no to paper towels ↠ Say yes to Unpaper Towels
If you're a beginner:⟡Say NO to single use plastic containers of body wash ↠ Say YES to the plastic free packaging of bars of soap⟡Say NO to plastic packaging in dental hygiene ↠ Say YES to a bamboo handle toothbrush, tablet toothpaste, and refillable, plastic free dental floss.⟡Say NO to plastic loofahs ↠ Say YES to a natural bath spongeIf you've already began your zero-waste journey:⟡Say NO to cotton balls and tissues ↠ Say YES to reusable cotton rounds⟡Say no to single use tampons and pads ↠ Say YES to a menstrual cup, period proof underwear, or cloth pads⟡Say NO to single use plastic containers of shampoo & conditioner ↠ Switch to shampoo & conditioner barsIf you want to dive deeper:⟡Say no to toilet paper ↠ Install a Tushy Bidet Attachment.⟡Say no to plastic razors ↠ Say yes to metal handle razors with replaceable blades
If you are a beginner:⟡Say no to plastic encased starts ↠ Save your own seeds and start them in old cardboard egg cartons. Or buy seeds from Strictly Medicinals.⟡Label your plants with reusable copper name tags, often found at the local nursery or garden supply shop.If you've already began your zero waste journey:⟡Say no to annuals ↠ Say yes to perennials and plant more trees and shrubs. Here is a list of 5 low maintenance perennials for your garden.⟡Purchase repurposed barrels to use as planters for large perennialsIf you want to dive deeper:⟡Say no to buying fertilizer & plastic bags of soil ↠ Say yes to a composting set up that will produce your own nutrient rich soil while cutting down on green waste. Check out Kiss The Ground’s video “How To Compost At Home: Simple & Clean” for tips.
Many of us want to live a life with a smaller carbon footprint. Unfortunately, it can seem that convenience comes with an environmental price, that we will collectively pay in the future. These simple swaps, however, prove that you do not need extra time or extra money to start reducing your carbon footprint:⟡ Educate yourself with a comprehensive book, like Bea Johnson's "Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life By Reducing Your Waste"⟡Consider the packaging of every purchase. Opt for plastic free and minimal packaging when possible. ⟡Eliminate single use plastic! Carry around a refillable water bottle, bamboo travel set, and a reusable mug.⟡Support local businesses. Purchasing locally will minimize packaging materials and the fuel that goes into shipping and transport.⟡Focus on eating perennial foods ↠ Farmers that focus on regenerative agriculture and growing perennial foods (rather than the more typical annual crops), are reversing climate change by sequestering carbon. Read more about why perennials rock. For recipe inspiration, download our free seasonal cookbook..⟡Find a local store with a bulk section of pantry items, cosmetics, and cleaning products⟡Swap all of your light bulbs to LED bulbs. LED bulbs use 75% less energy! Meaning they will last 75% longer.⟡Only buy unbleached toilet paper, or consider a Tushy Bidet Attachment.⟡Purchase multifunctional products when possible. Like Anato's Baume Reparateur.⟡Going shopping? Focus on second hand items that still have some life in them.
You have likely been on your zero waste journey for some time now, and you feel committed now that you know how rewarding and easy this path can be. Your next step?⟡Learn about and support regenerative agriculture ↠ The basis of climate change is excess carbon dioxide due to improper land management and devastating human activity. Regenerative Agriculture is an all encompassing solution that stewards the land by focusing on soil health and perennial plants⟡ Watch “The Soil Story” and other interesting videos on soil science from Kiss The Ground.⟡ Listen to: We Can Do this Podcast, A Regenerative Future with Matt Powers, or The Permaculture Podcast.⟡ If you haven’t done so yet, set up a vermiculture compost system to create healthy soil and minimize food scraps - which take up 20% of landfills!⟡Plant trees! Plant perennials! Read about why perennials are so awesome?!⟡Get Involved with Plastic Tide's Global Youth Mentor Program to create lasting systemic change in your community