My Zero Waste Day

Over the last several months I have made great strides in being more zero waste each and every day. I thought it would be fun to write-up how my day went today (skipping some of the boring stuff), so here it goes.

In the morning:

  • IMG_4051I woke up and brushed my teeth with my homemade toothpaste and compostable bamboo toothbrush. Both are awesome I and couldn’t live without at this point.
  • In the shower I used my shampoo/body wash bar and shaved using my old school metal razor which I love.
  • Instead of blow drying I let my hair air dry.

Clothes:

  • I put on a pair of thrifted jeans, thrifted jeans always feel more comfortable to me.
  • All the other worn clothes were bought new at some point in time in the last few years. I did however recently decide to not buy any new clothes for 365 days. All clothes must be repaired, refashioned or replaced by secondhand only items. I am happy to report so far so good 48 days in with no major need/desire to purchase anything.



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Food & Drink:

  • School lunch packed for 8YO; ham sandwich, mini tangerine, bulk bin carrot, homemade peanut butter cookies, dried cranberries from the bulk section, packed in reusable bags.
  • The ham was purchased and sliced at home.
  • I am still looking for a good alternative to store bought bread, making my own is too time consuming.
  • Bulk tea in a travel mug for back and forth in the car.
  • Homemade stuffed peppers and coconut milk mashed potatoes* for both lunch and dinner. All ingredients purchased without plastic at the co-op using mesh bags, cloth bags, and glass jars to transport items home.
  • Homemade Peanut butter cookies for dessert and breakfast too :D.

*I didn’t cook this meal so if people are interested I can ask Steve if he is willing to write a guest blog post with the recipes.

Leisure:

  • Read a book from the library, French Kids Eat Everything.
  • Took the dogs for a walk.
  • Started making homemade yogurt (I will let you know how it turns out).

I am really proud of how many changes me and my family have made to move closer to a zero waste lifestyle. Last year at this time we would have been consuming a ton of plastic, eating more processed food than we would have liked and buying things that we didn’t need. The improvements we have made have opened my eyes up to consumerism, having more with less, making things myself, and saving money in the process.

Top Four Zero Waste Products

The following four products were easy to start using on my Zero Waste journey. When I say easy I mean it, these were simple swap outs of existing products and I either didn’t need to change my behavior or only made slight modifications. All four are now staples for me and my family.

mesh bags, bamboo toothbrush, wool dryer balls, reusable snack bag, reusable sandwich bag

  • Bamboo Toothbrush – Most toothbrushes are made of plastic. Not only is this brush compostable, but the packaging it comes in is too.
  • Wool Dryer Balls – We use this instead of dryer sheets, they cut down on waste and dryer time. You can make your own using wool yarn or purchase ones already made.
  • Reusable snack and sandwich bags for school lunches – why throw away plastic when you don’t have to, plus my son thinks they are super cool.
  • Mesh Bags for buying fruits and veggies – great for the grocery store and farmers market to cut down on plastic.

Hope you find these products of interest and start joining me along this life changing journey.  I am planning a future post around more advanced products that I use and some other products that just haven’t stuck for me yet.