Recycle, reduce, reject and reuse, the foundations of the Zero Waste movement, your new sustainable lifestyle. An alternative that was born with the aim of raising awareness in contemporary societies, generating 1.5 kg of garbage per person per day.
The current model is unsustainable. Therefore, we must learn to suppress, as far as possible, all our bad habits. We want everything fast and, in a hurry,, the same way we consume: without control. A destructive lifestyle that has negative consequences that are felt on a plastic island.
Did you know that only in Spain it is estimated that a family of 4 people generate more than 2 tons of waste per year? Terrible data that calls for joint and organized action to save the environment. He is the main victim of our way of life.
The solution begins with a change not in climate, but in our lifestyle. Thanks to the Zero Waste philosophy, you contribute to improving the environment, but also your quality of life and that of those around you.
You promote fair, local and km0 trade while reducing your ecological footprint. In this article, we give you 10 tips so you can have a Zero Waste lifestyle.
Plan before you act.
The first council serves as a common thread and weaver of each and every one of the following. To be successful in your new Zero Waste lifestyle, it is important to organize and plan before you act.
In this way we will avoid, for example, buying things that we do not need. If the organization is already part of your DNA, it will be remarkably simple. If, on the other hand, you like to improvise take note!
Glass or stainless steel, detach yourself from plastic bottles.
You go to the supermarket and wherever you look, everything is wrapped in plastic. Milk tetrabriks, legumes and even a piece of fruit. Because it is an inexpensive material to produce, the use of plastic has expanded much more than we would like.
Aware of this reality, the Zero Waste movement proposes that we replace plastic bottles with others made of glass or stainless steel. With this, we will not only contribute to the environment, but also to our health.
Plastic is harmful to our bodies! For that reason, you should never reuse a plastic bottle if it is indicated on its label.
Better keep your water or coffee in a safe container and at an ideal temperature!
Green and sustainable personal hygiene products
Personal hygiene products generate a significant amount of waste and waste. The reason? Most cannot be recycled. Therefore, we invite you to look for alternatives that are just as effective but that are also sustainable:
- Solid soap bars
- Bamboo toothbrush
- Reusable makeup remover pads
- Deodorants sticks
- Stainless steel razors
We encourage you to analyse what products you use in your day to day and look for sustainable alternatives, you will be surprised! Thanks to their longer life, they represent significant long-term financial savings and a considerable reduction in disposables.
Travel the world with your cloth bag or tote bag.
The cloth bag or tote bag is one of the items to have a Zero Waste lifestyle that is having the most impact. Although they were used in the past by our parents and grandparents, with the massive arrival of plastic, they disappeared.
Luckily, they are back stronger than ever. And it is that thanks to them, we can considerably reduce our use of plastic bags. Did you know that the “useful life” of a plastic bag is 15 minutes compared to the 400 years it takes to disappear?
One more than enough reason to move on to the tote bag movement. In addition to being durable, they are customizable and customizable. There are hundreds of designs and sizes! At Rewinder we have a great variety, we love them!
Do not forget yours the next time you go shopping or simply leave the house.
Move in a sustainable way.
To be able to apply this advice many factors influence, but, as far as you can, avoid the individual use of the car. If you can walk, you contribute to the environment and your health. Do you prefer the bicycle? Perfect! There are more and more European cities such as Amsterdam or Copenhagen where citizens mainly move by bicycle.
Public transport is also an incredibly good option if you have good connections.
Fruits and vegetables are better if they are from km0 or from your own urban garden.
A new concept has recently been developed that seeks to unite consumers with local producers: kilometres zero or proximity. They are products that have been made or produced in the area. It is a movement that favours the environment since it has almost no carbon footprint. It does not have to travel thousands of miles to get to you! On the other hand, we will be contributing to the primary sector of our town and consuming higher quality food.
Along with the km0 movement, urban gardens are another Zero Waste option. Do you have a balcony or terrace at home? Then you don’t need more! Create some planters with objects that you have at home such as milk cartons and plant your vegetables. Tomatoes, strawberries, zucchini, lentils, lettuce… there are thousands of options! Use baking soda, vinegar and lemon for household cleaning.
In general, the cleaning products that we use at home are harmful to the planet. Many of them are related to climate change. However, there are ecological alternatives that will allow you to contribute to the environment.
You only need baking soda, vinegar, and lemon to keep your house spotless. By mixing these products together with others such as ammonia (biodegradable), alcohol or water, you can create, for example, household detergent or remove lime from the taps.
Give a new life to your things!
We often fall into the temptation to buy objects that we do not need, or we accumulate items that we no longer use but we are sad to throw away. Why not give a new life to what you already have? It is the basis of recycling! Here are some examples:
- Make-up remover pads with cotton shirts that you no longer use.
- Candle holders with glass containers of vegetables.
- Pots with plastic bottles
- Old shirts with a splash of bleach, tie dye trend!
Bulk buying is back.
Like the example of kilometres zero and urban gardens: buying in bulk. In this case, we contribute to the reduction of plastics in food packaging. Buy your legumes, seeds, nuts or even vegetables and fruits without plastic. Bring your own containers and fill them with what you need.
A traditional way of shopping that had been lost in most western city towns. Thanks to the Zero Waste movement, it is back!
Napkins and cloths
We are not aware of the amount of paper we use per day and the deforestation that this entails. Therefore, we recommend a Zero Waste alternative that was already used in the past: napkins and cloths. They are more practical, durable and… recyclable!
After each use, especially in the case of napkins, just let it rest in water with a solution of bicarbonate, lemon, and vinegar … and as new!
So far, our 10 tips to have a Zero Waste lifestyle!
Simple habits that have great positive repercussions on the planet. Do you know any other that you want to share with us?
At Rewinder, we work every day to build a better world for everyone. Join the revolution!