40 TIPS FOR ECO AND ZERO WASTE LIFESTYLE

Here are 40 tips for making your house more eco-friendly and  minimalizing  the waste you produce.

  1. Print on both sides of paper. Often you don’t really need a clean sheet of paper, so use older pieces, for drawing or noticing. 
  2. Walk, ride a bike or take a public transport to get to work. It’s much more ecologically friendly  then using  your own car.  
  3. Make your monitor brightness lower. It will save  the energy  on your devices. 
  4. Turn your computer off overnight. 
  5. Pick up your dog’s  feces  around town. Nobody  wants  to step in that while walking. And  dog’s droppings  also speeds  pathogens in  the air. Use biodegradable bags to collect  it. 
  6. Try to avoid palm oil. 
  7. Try to buy food with no  packaging,  or minimal packaging.  
  8. Instead of retail therapy, do something!  I.e. go on a walk, take a yoga class, meet up with a friend.  
  9. Repurpose stale bread.  
  10. Make  your own  dry shampoo  to save water  between washes. 
  11. Surround yourself with items that serve multiple purposes to streamline and cut  out  excess junk. 
  12. Bring  reusable bags  with you when you shop. If you don’t have them, turn around and go get them! After forgetting them once, you won’t do it again.  
  13. Try canning  in order to  preserve  your  food.  
  14. Use bar soap instead of liquid soap, it tends to come with less packaging.  
  15. Swap disposable pads and tampons for cloth pads or a menstrual cup.  
  16. Ask for no straw in your drinks when out on the town. 
  17. Don’t leave your house without a  reusable water bottle. 
  18. Always say  no  to free promotional items. They tend to be cheap and break easily. 
  19. Get a library card to support your local  economy.  
  20. Donate unused  and unwanted  items in good condition to support the second-hand industry.  
  21. Think second-hand first when purchasing something. 
  22. Swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo  toothbrush.
  23. Turn old sheets, clothes and towels into handkerchiefs, rags, napkins, and cloth bags.  
  24. Take shorter showers – save water. And buy a water-saving shower-head.
  25. Turn  off the tap when it’s not in use!  You can  waste  more than 10  liters of water when you brush your teeth and don’t switch off  the  water.
  26. Fix leaks as soon as possible.
  27. Buy food that you will  definitely  eat in the next few days.
  28. Buy products in eco-friendly  packages, like paper or glass, but not plastic.
  29. Feed  the  birds with  cereals during the winter.
  30. Buy fruits and vegetables from  local  farmers  and vendors. They contain less harmful chemicals .
  31. Donate food you don’t want to eat unless it’s out of date. 
  32. Use  a  compost  heap.
  33. Cook food yourself instead of buying  ready meals.
  34. It’s better  and less expensive  to buy good-quality cookware once  instead of buying low-quality things many times.
  35. Don’t use disposable tableware.
  36. Keep water in glass bottles, not in plastic ones (during long-term storage they release harmful substances).
  37. Buy an eco bag and go shopping with it.
  38. Recycle what you can (you can also read our previous post about recycling).
  39. Use energy saving lamps instead of filament ones.
  40. Never release helium balloons outside because they can fly away very far away and harm or kill the birds, turtles, fish and even whales.
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