As I became passionate about ethical fashion, it was only a matter of time before I started to become more curious about living more sustainably in my day to day life. I found that there are so many amazing leaders in the zero-waste space (like one of my favorites, Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers), but the idea of actually living zero-waste was seriously intimidating. For someone like me, who was interested in living greener, but not totally ready for a radical lifestyle transformation, i wondered: Where do I even begin?
Soon I realized that there are actually a few small changes I can make in my lifestyle that significantly reduces my waste! Every change I’ve made I consider a huge step forward towards living waste-free. I’ve listed a few simple lifestyle changes that I think are super achievable for those of us who are interested in living more sustainably!
Ditch Single-Use Plastic
Switch from iced coffee to go cups to keepcup and metal straws. Try to carry a water bottle in your bag everyday. Yes sometimes it’s inconvenient if I want to carry a cute small bag, but I drink A LOT of water and it saves me from constantly buying water bottles. Also saves you from drinking from bottles with BPA ✨
Buy in Bulk
Buy your grains in bulk from stores like Whole Foods, use reusable shopping bags and produce bags for your produce items! For household items that you use a lot of like hand soap, dish washing detergent, and laundry detergent, try buying a non-toxic brand like Mrs Meyers in bulk.
Bring Your Lunch
Invest in a nice set of reusable containers, and keep a set of silverware at the office. You’ll save money, eat cleaner, and eliminate your daily lunch-time waste! Win-win-win! :)
Skip the Bag!
When you’re shopping, ordering a bagel, or buying groceries- skip the plastic bag if you can! I like to keep a canvas tote in my bag for these occasions. I noticed that most places bag EVERYTHING, even small items like a pack of gum.