Step by step guide on your zero waste journey

Today, I would like to encourage you to get your zero waste journey started with a plastic audit and here’s why and how.

Nowadays, there is a lot of awareness when it comes to plastic and its negative consequences on our Earth. However, when I walked home by the river the other day, I realised how much single use plastic there still is. It’s been a sunny day in early February and people spent their lunch break outside. Unfortunately, what I could see was disposable plastic water bottles, crisp packs, sandwiches and so on. Sadly, not a single bench with people using reusable products. My conclusion is, maybe I am aware as I am running my eco business for nearly 10 years now, but it doesn’t mean that everyone is aware.

Ultimately, there is still a long way to go. I am continuing with educating people and offer reusable eco zero waste products.

Today, I am looking back at a blog post I created 2 years ago. It’s about how to get your zero waste journey started…

…do a plastic audit in your own home.

First step on your zero waste journey:

Put all the plastic waste in one extra bucket for one week. Make sure you include everything from plastic cups to plastic water bottle to empty plastic packaged shampoo and so on.

Second step:

Put your plastic waste into categories so you can analyse e.g. bathroom or kitchen waste

Third step:

Now don’t try to find alternatives for each single item. Most importantly, start with ONLY ONE and do some research. There is an alternative for nearly everything you just need to put the time and effort in to find it. Some tasks are easier, some are a bit more challenging. There are lots of useful resources on the internet eg David Attenborough’s article “just don’t waste”.

Fourth step:

Maybe you want to make a little plan and aim to substitute one item per week or per month.

Last but not least, don’t be encouraged by the amount of plastic you see laying around. You might not have been aware of the amount of plastic you were producing. You made a big step by getting started now!

Furthermore, remember, every little helps!

For some inspiration:

You could substitute plastic bottled shampoo with our solid shampoo by Beauty Kubes. Additionally, you could substitute disposable water bottles by our Cheeki stainless steel water bottle range. Furthermore, you could use Toockies scrubbers instead of disposable ones. Last but not least, you could wrap you presents with our FabRap reusable cotton gift wrap option.

All of these eco zero waste products are available through your local zero waste or health food shop. If you can’t find it anywhere near you please do let us know and we will try to arrange it for you.