Have you heard of zero-waste living? The idea is to reduce your carbon footprint and live a more sustainable life. As a parent, it’s hard to imagine a world without paper towels, diapers, and wipes, but the good news is that you can still apply zero-waste principles to your life in very realistic and doable ways. The journey to zero waste may be a long one, for us.
Children are often naturally happy to protect our earth when they’re exposed to the right information by a passionate adult. Often it’s children who spearhead the eco-friendliness of a family. If you haven’t started out this way, gently take your family on an inspiring journey of education… something you learn about and make changes together. I particularly recommend watching The Story of Stuff and some of the Zero Waste Story.
Use reusable bags for groceries and snacks
It can be hard to remember to bring those reusable bags to the grocery store when we have so much to keep track of, but here’s a statistic that might motivate you to find a way to make it happen. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, Americans use 100 billion plastic bags per year, and the average American family will take home almost 1,500 plastic bags per year.
BAGGU Standard Reusable Shopping Bag
Lotus Trolley Bags -set of 4
Compost the easy way
As parents, we are tired, and we drink a lot of coffee. Think of all of the coffee grinds and coffee filters you go through. Think of the banana peels and egg shells and half-eaten meals left by your kids that go into the trash. Composting is an easy and productive way to put all of that food waste to good use, and the good news is that many areas now have composting services where you bring your compost out to the curb for pickup in the same way you put the trash out. In the spring, you’ll receive bags of rich soil made from compost for your gardening efforts too! Check out whether there’s a company in your area that offers this wonderful service. If not, composting is not as hard as you think.
Reusable cloths can replace so much
Think of all of the single use items that you use on a daily basis that could easily be replaced with cloth. No, you don’t have to ditch all of those items completely, but with a few centrally located pails specifically for used cloth, you might find yourself using less paper napkins, tissues, makeup removers, wipes, and paper towels. Simply keeping cute-patterned, reusable cloths in sight in key areas of the home can save a lot of trees.
Dot and Army Unpaper Towels
Green & Thirsty Unpaper Towels
Use Resuable straws
There are so many reasons to use straws. They help with drinking smoothies on the go and with increasing our water intake. Yet, if there was ever a time to change our straw habits, it is certainly now. According to For a Strawless Ocean, if things don’t change, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050! Stainless steel straws are so easy to clean and they don’t change the taste of what you are drinking like plastic sometimes can. There’s also the added bonus of keeping your drink especially nice and cool. Once you start using stainless, you won’t go back to plastic!
KLEAN Straw Set with Safe Silicone Flex Tip
Resuable lunch Box & Water Bottles
If you can only commit to one act of cloth, consider placing one in your child’s packed lunch instead of including a paper napkin. Once you get into the habit of including a cloth and real utensils and a reusable snack bag and water bottle, you’ll be amazed at how you’ve lessened your carbon footprint through the singular focus of changing how you pack lunch.
EKOBO Insulated Lunch Bag in rPET
Resuable Snack Bags
Stashers Mojave Snack Bags
Like any new thing that we would like to tackle, simply choosing one new way to help at a time and sticking with it until it becomes a habit is the way to go. Challenge yourself to make your own small effort towards a zero waste lifestyle. It will feel good to know you are doing your part to protect our beautiful planet for your children and family to come for generations, and you may be surprised at how little effort it takes.
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