It has been about 4 months since I have started my zero waste journey and I wanted to do a bit of a recap and see how far I have come. I realized there was a lot of stuff I was already doing that helped to be Zero waste, like drinking from a reusable water bottles, but I have made quite a few changes and still have quite a ways to go!
I bought Bamboo toothbrushes
Ditched the Q-tips
Found a shampoo bar
Started using ACV for conditioner
Make my own tooth paste, lotion and body wash/shaving cream
Bought a reusable Razor
Started using Recycled toilet paper( unfortunately it still comes wrapped in plastic and I haven’t found anywhere online or in town that sells any unwrapped or in a cardboard box instead.)
Started using coconut oil instead of face cream or face wash.
Got my Diva Cup and started using it! (scary at first but great now that im used to it!)
Improvements still needed:
Makeup (still using up what I have, then I plan to make my own as well)
Continue the search for unwrapped TP.
Made reusable bags for bulk items.
Always use reusable bags for fresh produce and everything else.
Try to make things from scratch if possible or buy the item in glass or unwrapped whenever possible.
Started storing everything in glass.( it’s only a matter of time until my Tupperware breaks)
Shop mainly in the bulk section and produce section.
Became a Vegan! great for getting rid of that nasty meat packaging and makes composting easier!
I bought some Reusable Paper towel to use once I have gone through my supply.
Stopped using Ziploc bags, parchment paper, tinfoil and saran wrap.
Made my own bees wrap.
Stopped buying different drinks, unless needed, then opt for glass.
Improvements still needed:
Cut down on recycling (the husband doesn’t like the taste of the unwrapped spinach and always buys the stuff in a plastic bin, GRRRR!)
Start composting (we will be buying a house in January with a great yard!)
There isn’t whole lot in this area one can become Zero waste but I can become Minimalist, and I was frustrated with all the clutter happening in my house. I donated about 1/2 if not more of my clothes, and shoes.
Starting using handkerchiefs out of scrap fabric I had laying around.
Bought some hand towels at work so I wouldn’t be throwing away paper towel every day.
Switched to a Stainless steel water bottle.
Opted to fix my phone screen as opposed to buying a new one.
Avoiding temptations like Free samples(luckily i don’t come across too many here)
Encouraging others to learn from my example.
Try to save on energy by: keeping my showers short and only when necessary, only opting for baths every now and again, Keeping lights turned off when not at home, Using the time saver and air dry options on the dishwasher,
Others to improve on:
Unplugging (just need to make it a habit)
Finding a way of recycling all the obscure items such as old phones and cords.
Resisting temptations until I can get a Zero waste option (Like craving chocolate, I would go home and get a reusable bulk bag and go to the bulk section instead of buying the first chocolate bar I see.)
Buying E books or using the Library.
Bringing my own containers for Eating out.
Speaking up about no straws or napkins when out.
All right I think that’s it for now! It is really great to see the progress I have made! once I begin composting I think I will try and put all remaining garbage in a jar, so it doesn’t go to the landfill and I can track my progress. If any one has questions or ideas please comment!