Are you struggling to stay organized and clutter-free? The best thing about starting a zero waste journey is making a habit of swapping disposable products with reusable ones. Doing so not only helps free up space in your home, but also saves money in the process. Read on to learn the perks of living waste-free as well as simple swaps you can make in different areas of the home.
The kitchen is where many families hoard items they don’t need (especially in the pantry). By embracing a zero-waste mentality, you’ll discover more products and items that last longer, freeing up valuable kitchen space and saving you money in the long run. Here are a few examples of easy swaps:
Washable dish towels: Instead of going through rolls of paper towels, washable towels are an eco-friendly alternative that also cuts down trips to the grocery store.
Reusable coffee filters: If you drink coffee, switch your disposable filters with reusable ones. Not only does this reduce waste, but also the amount of money spent on these (especially if you’re a coffee-addict!).
Refillable spray bottles: Instead of tossing bottles after use, opt for refilling them. Many eco-friendly cleaning products offer large concentrates you can use to refill your purchased bottles, making them last longer!
Zero-waste is not only about product swaps, but also ways to be more eco-conscious at home. For example, the following tips will help you consume less energy and save money on your utility bills.
LED light bulbs: if you haven’t switched to LED light bulbs, do it the next time your light goes out. These bulbs save a lot of energy and last much longer than traditional light bulbs.
Central Heating Alternatives: Many people expect higher utility bills during the winter season, most of which is due to cranking up the heat once temperatures drop. But did you know that there are energy-efficient ways to stay warm? Check out our list of 10 ways to keep the bills low this winter.
Mason jars: The best thing about mason jars is that you can repurpose them for almost anything. Use them as storage containers for small desktop items or jewelry. You could also use the jars for DIY candles, to place flowers as nice room decor, or for homemade gift ideas!
Some of these swaps may be ideas you haven’t tried before, but they’re definitely worth a shot—especially since they save you money. Check out the infographic below for more information on waste-saving bathroom tips.
Menstrual cups: Ladies, we know how costly tampons and pads can be (and how often we have to buy them). Menstrual cups are a newer alternative for tampons and pads, where you can wash and reuse them. While the typical menstrual cup costs between $20–$40, it lasts for almost 10 years.
Compostable toothbrushes: Did you know that an estimated 1 billion toothbrushes are thrown away every year? Since most of them are plastic, they contribute to harmful landfills. An easy (an eco-friendly) swap is a compostable toothbrush. These are generally made of bamboo or wood, which are biodegradable and safe to toss after use.
Bar soap: Yes, bar soap! Most households purchase liquid soap, which generally comes in plastic containers that, unfortunately, are also frequently tossed after use. Not only is bar soap an eco-friendly alternative, but they’re also generally much cheaper to buy in bulk!
Already started your zero-waste journey? Let us know in the comments of any easy swaps you’ve made at home. For additional tips on zero-waste bathroom ideas, check out this helpful infographic below, courtesy of Tushy, the bidet company.
This is a guest post by Ashley Cottrell.