Interested in zero waste or just simply reducing waste? I’m right there with you. Here are 5 ways I’m reducing waste in 2019. Easy enough for anyone to do!
I have quite a few goals for 2019 and one of them is for reducing waste. While I strongly believe we can (and should!) have goals for ourselves all throughout the year, I must admit that I love the “blank slate” feeling a new year brings. The goal-setter in me gets pretty darn excited about reflecting on years past and planning my road ahead.
Mind you, I’m not always the best planner. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants with a lot of things, if I’m being honest. Works well for me though.
Anyway, reducing my waste is one of my (many) goals or intentions for 2019.
In many ways this is already a prominent feature in my life: I no longer have a car, I bring reusable cloth bags to the grocery store, I use glass jars and containers for most things, and I live in a relatively minimal manner. But in other ways, this is an area I know I can really improve upon.
It dawned on me a little while ago that there were a number of things I still have or use that are so wasteful or so unnecessary. And from this was born an overwhelming desire to explore the alternatives to these common items or conveniences. Here are 5 ways I’m reducing waste in 2019!
1. Nixing Plastic Produce Bags
These have got to be the most wasteful things out there. Don’t get me wrong, they’re super handy when you need a place to put your sopping wet bunch of kale that just got soaked from the misty sprinkler thing, but I cannot stand using them. I even feel bad admitting that most times I go to the grocery store, I do use them.
Not anymore, my friends. Not anymore. I already bring reusable cloth bags with me to the store, and I plan on getting a couple more in varying sizes to use as produce bags.
2. Biodegradable Bags for Garbage Bins
I know I just said that I bring reusable cloth bags to the store, which I 100% do, but we’ve also still used plastic bags for lining our garbage bins in the bathroom and kitchen. This one has put me in bit of a pickle because I didn’t really know what a good alternative is. I really dislike tossing garbage into an un-lined bin because I think it’s a little gross, but then I realized I can remedy this by purchasing biodegradable garbage bags similar to our compost bags. Duh!
If you’ve any other suggestions, I’m all ears! Leave me a comment 🙂
3. Reusable Razors
I used to have just one single razor with replaceable heads, but somewhere along the lines I started using disposables again. But agh! It’s so unbelievably wasteful. Getting my hands on a reusable handle with replaceable heads is on my to-do list.
This Safety Razor is the one I’d like to get. It’s pricey, no doubt, but the replacement heads are not. Plus, it should last a lifetime!
4. Bamboo Toothbrush
Thanks to a viewer who left a comment on my video where I listed 20 things I no longer own, I was reminded how wasteful my plastic toothbrush is. The funny thing is that I used to use a bamboo toothbrush and I loved it. We carried the brand Brush With Bamboo at the health food store I used to work at but then stopped and I had a hard time finding them.
Luckily online shopping exists, so I’m happy to announce that they’re back in my life!
5. Reusable Cloths
Reusable dish cloths are something that I’ve wanted to use for a long time now to replace disposable sponges, J-cloths, paper towels, and things of the sort.
These 100% bamboo kitchen dish cloths make me SO freaking excited. They can simply be washed in the laundry and reused again and again as part of cleaning, dish washing, or wiping up various messes.
I’d love to know some ways that you reduce waste if this is something up your alley, too. If you have any awesome ideas, suggestions or tips to share, let me know in the comments below!
What tips do you have for reducing waste? Here’s to a less-wasteful 2019 😉