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If you’re wondering how to be zero waste, here are some simple tips you can try to get your zero waste journey under way.
Advanced tips will have a long-term impact on your zero waste efforts, so they may seem a little trickier to begin with, but their impact will make a huge difference. Here are some zero waste ideas you can give a try.
Sustainable Electricity: Reducing and Swapping Providers
Most electricity companies will offer you the earth but leave out the damage that they are doing to it. Homes need electricity to function, so this can’t altogether be ignored but switching to an electricity provider that uses 100% renewable power (like solar or wind), is a good solution.
Another idea for saving power in your home would be reducing or eliminating air-conditioning. Air-conditioning might seem like the answer to everything when the weather warms up but it uses a large amount of electricity and brings more problems than it solves in most cases. LED-bulbs and energy efficient household appliances will also ensure that you don’t miss out on the necessities in your home. You can also rest in the knowledge that such a swap is making a difference!
Moreover, while the winter months are always more expensive when it comes to heating bills, installing double pane windows or even insulating windows and doors in your home can prevent high costs and promote strong changes. Tankless water heaters can also be something to consider because they offer fewer carbon emissions and only use the amount of energy that is required.
We’ve all stood in the shower for a lengthy period of extra time just because it feels so good! But it’s time to consider some of the consequences of this. Reducing the amount of time we take using showers and washing machines is a big step towards saving the planet. You can overcome such challenges by buying customizable shower heads, for example. Water-saving taps are another solution if you ever have problems with the kids leaving them running. You could also insert silicone rings on the taps, which limits the water flow no matter what your general water pressure may be.
Use The Services Of A Sustainable Bank
Sustainable banks work with clients to minimize the climate change effects on their operations. Digital technologies help to ensure that banks no longer need to send out paper documents anymore but can instead rely on email and online banking. While physical bank branches can be very useful, joining a bank with no physical branch can also help to reduce your carbon footprint drastically.
Learn more in our ethical banking guide, to get a full grasp of how your choice of bank gets you closer to leading a more zero waste life.
Reduce Your Digital Waste
Instead of using normal browsers like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, add the Ecosia extension instead. Ecosia uses the ad revenue from your searches to plant trees where they are needed most. As of November 2021, over 137 million trees have been planted by Ecosia using their own solar energy plant to power every search. By simply using this browser extension to browse the web as normally would, you can make a big impact on the planet’s future.
Another way to reduce digital waste is checking your phone storage. Deleting old files that you don’t need is a great way to save space as well as energy.
Pay Attention To How You Travel
While travel in itself is ultimately unsustainable, it’s still essential to a normal livelihood. A great approach to minimizing your impact is endeavoring to use green transportation modes or choosing green destinations for holidays. Copenhagen and Costa Rica are two sustainable places you need to visit. Both destinations pride themselves on being pioneers for sustainable tourism. The lighter you travel the better because it significantly reduces emissions.
A minimalist lifestyle is another great way to lead a more zero waste life. Not only is it better for the environment but it also helps you to declutter and focus your time and energy on the things that really matter in your life.
Stop Junk Mail In Your Mailbox
Junk mail may seem like a constant pain that just fills up our mailbox, but the reality is much scarier! The annual production and transport of junk mail consumes more energy than 2.8 million cars idling around the clock. The amount of greenhouse gases produced in the annual production, delivery and disposal of junk mail is equivalent to the output of 11 coal-fired power plants!
Most local authorities or citizens advice bureaus will have some handy tips for preventing junk mail from making it’s way from your letter box to the bin. A couple of useful tactics are adding a ‘no junk mail’ sign on your door or registering with a mail reference service to prevent certain mail from being delivered to you.
Your interest in this topic and plan to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle is a massive step. Take the next step by following the simple zero waste tips to make small lifestyle changes before moving on to the more advanced ideas that will have a bigger and longer-term impact on the world.