How to transition to zero waste easily?

More citizens wish to transition to zero waste, often driven by the alarming realization of the consequences of our consumption habits and their environmental impact. Despite this collective awareness, it can be challenging for beginners to know how to embark on a zero-waste journey and adopt a more ecological lifestyle. To help you navigate this path and easily transition to zero waste, here are our tips as a bio label and ecological association.

Reducing waste is saving the planet

Zero waste involves small eco-friendly actions that carry significant importance. According to ADEME, each French citizen generates an average of 573 kg of waste per year, including over 30 kg of edible food. This is not a futile endeavor; small actions have a considerable impact in combating climate change. The Surfrider Foundation has highlighted the consequences of waste production on nature: over 8 million tons of plastic pollute the oceans annually, impacting soil and other natural resources.

First steps towards a zero waste lifestyle. To gently embrace zero waste living, take the time to observe your personal waste production for a few weeks. Examine the quantity and type of waste you generate to identify the category of products contributing the most waste: plastic packaging, single-use items, promotional items, etc. This observation will be your starting point for adopting a more sustainable lifestyle in line with your principles and environmental protection goals.

Subsequently, you can initiate real changes in your purchases quite easily. Swap disposable products for eco-friendly and organic alternatives. Replace disposable plastic bags with a tote bag or shopping cart, use a menstrual cup or period panties, and gradually transform your kitchen and bathroom with daily eco-friendly habits.

How to shop zero waste? 

A trip to the supermarket often results in waste production due to excessive packaging and unnecessary materials. The best way to go zero waste while shopping is to prioritize bulk items, especially for long-lasting foods. Most regular supermarkets allow you to bring your containers for rice, pasta, cereals, and seeds.

Tips for a zero waste kitchen

The kitchen is another major source of waste, but it’s possible to reduce waste production with new habits that are better for your health, the planet, and your wallet.

  • Cook homemade meals instead of buying processed dishes, which often contain harmful additives and are packaged in plastic.
  • Use peelings and food leftovers to create compost.
  • Replace paper towels with cloth towels.
  • Swap coffee capsules for a French press or Italian coffee maker.

Bamboo toothbrush and organic solid soap

Zero waste in the bathroom

In the bathroom, you can also reduce your ecological footprint. For example:

  • Replace your plastic toothbrush with a more pleasant and durable bamboo toothbrush.
  • Use zero waste cosmetics like package-free solid soaps and shampoos that last longer.
  • Replace single-use cotton pads with reusable makeup removal pads.

Composting for zero waste beginners

If you have a small garden or balcony, composting can be highly effective in reducing and transforming waste into something useful. Instead of buying fertilizer, you can create your own naturally and for free. Place your compost bin in a shaded area with good ventilation, and add peelings, leaves, small dead branches, coffee grounds, and grass clippings. Whether it’s a garden or indoor compost bin, avoid putting in meat, oils, cooked foods, and dairy products to speed up the decomposition process. There are compost bins designed for limited indoor spaces, allowing you to compost cardboard, newspaper, and vegetable peels. To accelerate decomposition, you can also add compost worms (lombrics).

Transitioning to zero waste may pose a challenge, especially at the beginning. It requires changing habits and may take time, but don’t be discouraged—every small action contributes to a more sustainable lifestyle. Seek assistance in this journey from zero waste associations, swap workshops, and object repair initiatives.

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