Zero Waste Resolutions For 2018

A Happy New Year from all of us at Ecodek Towers.

The days after Christmas can certainly leave many of us in the blues, from dwindling account balances and miserable weather.

To help beat the January blues and stay happy after Christmas we have come up with a couple of different suggestions on how you have a more zero waste free lifestyle in 2018.   Just by changing everyday habits, you can make your life more eco-friendly. So let’s get started.

  1. Cut down on takeaways

A tax on takeaway boxes is to be considered in an attempt to tackle the problem of plastic waste.

In 2018 why not make an effort and try to cook and eat more fresh food at home and eat less takeout.   Another good way of reducing plastic waste is to have takeaways less often as a treat. I really like the idea of bringing your own take-out containers out to eat.

If you are eating out at a restaurant and have any leftover food you can also bring your own plastic free containers and take them home to use up.

  1. Toothpaste Tubes/Toothbrushes

This issue with plastic toothpaste tubes is that they are made up to non-recyclable products which makes recycling almost impossible.

Why not opt to stop buying toothpaste and make your own.   The simplest of ingredients are used such as baking soda, organic coconut oil and organic essential oils which are easy to find at almost any store.   It doesn’t take long to make your own and is a lot fresher than any store-bought toothpaste.   Check out this homemade toothpaste recipe and take a leaf out of Lauren Singer’s book.   Lauren lives a zero waste lifestyle in New York City

Toothbrushes are an issue, as their slender shape of plastic and nylon britles and are hard to disassemble and recycle.   Why not switch to a bamboo toothbrush which has a compostable handle.   Check out this bamboo eco toothbrush with activated charcoal bristles, found on the Somatox website.

  1. Zero waste beauty products

Little of the plastic used for makeup and skincare products is recyclable and most of it ends up in landfills.   There it will sit for years and will take nearly thousands of years to decompose.

To avoid unnecessary plastic or products with funky ingredients, why not learn to make your own products from all-natural ingredients and store them in glass jars or small stainless steel containers. Check out the video below which shows you how to make your very own diy-organic whipped body lotion and deodorant.

  1. Learn to say no to plastic waste

One of the easiest ways to join the zero waste movement is just to say no whether it is to unnecessary purchases.   From free plastic-wrapped sweets to disposable drying towels.   It’s hard enough with so much zero waste around us but just learning what waste you are creating and changing your habits will make so much of a difference.

To help you along we like this website and book by Beth Terry which is called My Plastic Free Life.

  1. Biodegradable confetti

Confetti is a long standing wedding tradition and paper confetti is becoming a thing of the past as brides and grooms are starting to opt for more of an eco-friendly option.

You can also choose to make your own biodegradable confetti which is good for the environment. Click on the link which shows you how to make your own.  It’s a simple as grabbing just a few beautiful leaves from outside your own garden outside and hole punching them.

If your celebration is outside there’s no need to clean up and the little pieces of hole punched leaves will simply biodegrade.

This week’s feature image is from Oleary’s titled Globo Verde via Flickr.

 

 

Have you made any zero waste resolutions yet? If so we’d love to hear from you – Leave us a comment in the comments field below.

 


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