How to Start Zero Waste at Home?

The goal of the zero waste movement and ideology is to lessen the amount of waste that people produce. This can be accomplished in several ways, including lowering consumption, recycling, composting, and completely eliminating waste.

Composting food scraps, using reusable bags and containers, not discarding food packaging or containers, and repurposing furniture, clothing, and electronics are a few common Zero Waste techniques.

There are numerous advantages to zero waste. It can aid in lowering environmental pollution, preserving resources, enhancing sustainability, safeguarding wildlife populations, and generating employment. Additionally, lowering our dependency on throwaway products can increase equity on our planet.

Why should we follow the zero-waste movement?

Each year, the average person generates roughly 2,000 pounds of garbage. That is a tonne of garbage! That is an elephant’s weight, to put it in context. African elephants, not just any old elephant.

Why should we follow the zero-waste movement

Consider the effects of all that garbage on the environment: the mountains of plastic bags and containers, the poisonous substances that seep into the soil, the heat-trapping gases released by the landfills, and so on.

How to start zero waste at home?

Buy in bulk

An excellent strategy to lessen waste at home is to purchase in bulk. You not only help the environment but also your bank account! Small items add up to more packaging being used, which increases waste. Nowadays, there are many markets and grocery stores that sell food in bulk, particularly dried fruits, nuts, grain, wheat, bean, herbs, etc. Even refilling stations for shampoo, soap, and other hygiene supplies are available at some supermarkets. Most stores won’t mind if you bring your boxes or containers. Bring your reusable shopping bags and containers with you the next time you go shopping to reduce your waste.

Plan your meals

Plan your meals

By doing this, you shop wisely and produce less waste. Knowing exactly what you’ll be creating helps you avoid buying surplus food that might go rotten before you consume it. A meal plan can also motivate you to prepare more meals at home rather than ordering in.

Choose natural items

Help us reduce our overall trash production by purchasing waste-free, all-natural items. Use natural alternatives instead of plastic. Use natural potpourri, for instance, rather than aerosol cans or air freshener products. Switch to hardwood kitchen utensils from plastic ones. Natural items can easily be composted instead of putting them in landfills.

Shop local

Less plastic wrap is used at local stores. You can reduce plastic pollution and support your local economy by doing your shopping locally. Therefore, turn around and go to the nearest farmer’s market or green grocer instead of the supermarket.

Bring your coffee cup

 how to start zero waste at home - Bring your coffee cup

Instead of purchasing coffee every morning, purchase an insulated coffee mug and fill it at home with your daily brew. By doing it this way, you may avoid using a paper or plastic cup each time you need coffee while also saving money. By the end of the year, £1.30 per cup of coffee each day can add up quickly. Put this money to other use.

Start composting

Composting is a fantastic technique to start reducing trash and is great for the environment. Try it out by putting all of your food waste in a jar and freezing them. Simply dispose of the remnants at a nearby food waste disposal site.

Invest in a tumbler if you have a backyard; all you must do is add your food scraps and turn the handle. You will have new, nutrient-rich compost in no time.


Replace disposables with reusable ones.  You might find that you like the savings more than you miss your paper towels.  Reduce waste when grocery shopping by bringing reusable sacks, reusable bags (for bulk aisles), and containers (for products like cheese and deli foods) with you.

Donate unused items

Donate unused items

Do you have anything laying around your house that you don’t need or desire anymore? Donate them rather than throw unwanted household items away. There are those who will find a use for these things. So go ahead and give them.

Follow zero-waste bathroom

Stock up on eco-friendly soap, zero waste shampoo, and zero-waste toilet paper for your bathroom. Use zero-waste deodorant and cosmetics to go even further. All these items will immediately assist you in switching to a zero-waste lifestyle. As you can see, adopting a zero-waste lifestyle doesn’t have to be as frightening as it might sound. We merely need to be more aware of our behaviours if we want to succeed as a group. Simply proceed one step at a time. Living a waste-free lifestyle will encourage us to practise environmental awareness. Additionally, it will assist us in avoiding consuming more and wasting resources.


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Sam Anderson
Sam Anderson
Certified Junk Clearance Professional at Express Waste Removals.