Looking to go zero waste for Earth Month? Here are some easy steps you can take in your own life!

Easy:

  1. tshirt bagBring your own bags to the grocery store. You can make reusable bags out of old t-shirts. These are perfect for carrying produce!
  2. Refuse single use coffee cups. You can bring your own tumbler or ask for a reusable glass mug if you’re staying there. Did you know only 1 in 400 cups that are thrown in recycling bins are actually recycled? Most paper cups are lined with plastic and cannot be recycled.
  3. Refuse straws and bring your own stainless steel straws. Did you know that 500 MILLION straws are thrown out every day?!reusable straw
  4. Replace paper towels with cloth napkins. Try to find some that are 100% organic cotton so they can be composted at the end of their life.
  5. Use a sustainable bamboo toothbrush. The bristles still need to be thrown out, but the bamboo stick can be repurposed or composted.

Intermediate:

  1. diy toothpasteMake your own toothpaste. Easy, chemical free, and you can choose whatever flavor you like! Recipe: 1.5 tbsp. baking soda, 1 tbsp. coconut oil, 20-30 drops of essential oils. Peppermint, orange, rose, the options are endless!
  2. Make your own laundry detergent. Recipe: 1 bar Fels Naptha (grated), 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup borax. Use 2-3 tbsp. per load. Smells great and is much cheaper than buying it in the store!
  3. dishwashing soap diyMake your own dishwasher detergent. Recipe: 1 ½ cups washing soda, ½ cup baking soda, ½ cup sea salt, 1 packet unsweetened lemon Kool-Aid (for the citric acid!), 1 cup vinegar. Mix all the dry ingredients and then add the vinegar. Push the mix into an ice tray, let dry at room temperature for an hour or two, and then pop out the cubes. One cube per load! You can also use vinegar as a rinse aid. 
  4. Buy food in the bulk aisle. Many grocery stores have a bulk section and they’ll let you bring in your own bags and mason jars, just have an employee get the tare weight.
  5. Use a shampoo bar and bar soap instead of liquid soap. Look up the comparisons between bar soap and liquid soap and you’ll find that bar soap has many health and environmental benefits over liquid soap. 
  6. Replace disposable razors with a double edge safety razor. No plastic waste and much cheaper!

Advanced:compost eggcrate

  1. Have your own worm bin! You can compost your own food scraps at home.
  2. Or you can have your own hot pile. Takes a little more effort to manage but the compost output is incredible.
  3. Grow your own food!fresh vegetables

Last Updated (Friday, 14 April 2017 10:57)