It is already the middle of January now, have you started any New Year challenges yet? It is never too late to start a challenge, perhaps a Zero-waste Challenge? Let us start with inside the home and work our way outwards to the community.
Zero-waste Home Challenge
- Wardrobe Party: – Go through the collection of clothes and sort out items that you have not worn for at least a year. Pack them up and have a swap meet with your friends! Do not open the bags and just swap them. Surprises are more entertaining!
- Wardrobe Donations: – After going through the items that you definitely are not going to wear again, you can drop off the donations to your nearest donation centre.
- Personal Hygiene: – Instead of plastic toothbrushes and shavers, did you know that there are zero-waste alternatives? Look for bamboo toothbrushes and metal razors for shavers.
- House Cleaning Solution: – There are so many dangerous chemicals in so many of the common cleaning agents. Did you know that you can make a simple, but effective cleaning agent with vinegar and some essential oils too?
- Cleaning Towels: – Try to reduce the usage of paper towels. After going through your closet, there usually is a stack of very old towels or shirts lying around. Why not cut these up and turn them into cleaning or drying towels?
- Fridge Fears: – Remember the common habit of constantly replacing foods and items that are finished? Why not wait till the refrigerator is completely empty before replenishing supplies? Take less trips to the supermarket can help reduce car emissions.
- Snail Mail: – There is nothing wrong with writing and receiving letters as memories. But, junk mails is exactly that, junk! So reduce this junk mail by putting up a sign to let them know.
- Light it up: – Try switching the incandescent light bulbs in your home instead into long lasting LED ones to save electricity.
It is not too late to start adding a couple ways to begin your January zero-waste challenge. At a later blog post, we can start focusing on our community.