5 gestures to zero waste
Marion is a travel enthusiast and a big consumer of beauty products. During her trip, she noticed plastic pollution, even in uninhabited places. When she returned, she learned how to reduce her waste. In this article she gives us her 5 gestures to go to zero waste, accessible to all!
5 gestures to zero waste
It's better a thousand people who do things half than one person who does things perfectly.
In this article I share with you my 5 gestures to go to zero waste. Let it be clear, no one can be perfect. Unless you are exiled to a desert island. And to be dead. Well yes because if we breathe we reject CO2. And the ozone layer she does not like CO2. More seriously, I assume that it's better for a thousand people to do half things than one person who does things perfectly. And if I can do these five zero waste gestures, anyone can do it.
Shopping in bulk
My husband and I spent our last vacation on a sailboat in Corsica. A wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of the sea. But also a very effective way to discover plastic pollution, even in uninhabited places.
Once back, I got busy refueling our closets. And storing my packages of pasta and rice, plastic of course, I told myself that it was no longer possible. It was time to move to bulk to reduce plastic waste.
No excuses, stores have multiplied in recent years. Even the supermarket in my small town has a bulk department.
I bought glass jars, we find cheap in a lot of shops. And again, you can simply reuse your pickle jar, mustard and why not your candle flasks if they have a lid.
I preferred investing in cloth bags rather than using the paper bags provided in the stores. What cost me a little more than 10 €.
I refuel once a month, so that does not change my routine. I will even be able to do my classic shopping every two weeks instead of every week if I manage well. It does not impact my wallet either, the bulk price is not higher in my store. And it is very satisfying to fill his jars without disposing of anything. In short, I became a fan.
Avoid food waste
To produce waste using what we bought is already not tip top. But the worst thing for me is to throw away what we did not even use. And here I want to talk about food waste. This is not just about businesses, but about our small households as well. Besides, we would throw about 30kg per year and per person of food, just that.
While there is something very simple to do to avoid this and have zero waste at home. Something I've been doing for years, because I'm a bit of a maniac for the organization, I have to admit it ... And this solution is just stupid to plan his dishes in advance and make his races accordingly. By buying only what is needed for what you have planned to cook in the week. It's stupid but with this system we do not waste or little, we rarely forget a food in the bottom of his fridge.
I'm not saying that I never throw anything. This happens to me, but clearly much less than if we did not do this system. I see it when I let my little husband do the chore of shopping, on vacation, for example. He buys food one by one, without thinking of the recipes he will make with it. And when we leave we throw half of the fridge ...
So it's money that you do not throw in the trash. There is always more in the gestures zero waste.
Use reusable make-up remover
As a beauty addict it was important for me to switch to washable cotton.
Disposable make-up cottons are not recyclable and it bothers me greatly. I was looking for an alternative, more ecological. I then ordered my first reusable cleansing discs on the Yogis shop on Roadtrip. There are also these cleansing wipes. I do not regret having crossed this course at all.
I use it to apply my lotions or makeup remover mascara a little too resistant. It's just as sweet as classic cottons, they do not sting my skin. They have already gone to the washing machine and they come out like new. Once again, what a satisfaction not to throw something directly into the trash after using it just once. It's a natural makeup removal and a nice way to slowly go to zero waste.
Switch to washable sanitary napkins
Let's talk little but let's talk about rules. A subject that we do not always dare to talk about elsewhere, yet this concerns all women.
Whether you are part of the sanitary napkin or tampon team, we face two problems. The waste that it generates as well as the toxic substances they contain. Have you noticed that environmentally friendly or zero waste is generally good for our planet and at the same time good for our health or our wallet?
Recently, there are new options for green women. The cup instead of tampons, washable sanitary napkins and finally the panties that absorb the flow of our rules and that are washable and reusable.
What a change in my life as a woman (and for the planet). I almost forget that I have my period. Yes almost, because I'm unfortunately part of the team very painful rules ...
The panties and washable sanitary napkins are very practical, whether during the day or in the evening. You wash them by hand during your cycle to reuse them, then to the machine for the next time. Pretty cool no?
Drinking tap water with Binchotan coal
It's been years that I tirelessly buy my water pack every week. So good, I recycle, but it's clearly not the best. In my area the water is very limestone, just look at the head of my products in the shower nothing after a week ... And then between it and chlorine, it is clearly felt in terms of taste.
But as for the bulk, I wanted to move my little ass after the slap taken during my vacation. Exit for me the water filters sold on the market. They say they are recyclable but I remain a bit dubitative, I'm not sure of their zero waste efficiency. I heard about Binchotan coal.
In summary it is a piece of Japanese oak that has been charred to produce this coal. It would have the ability to retain certain particles in the water such as mercury, lead, chlorine, certain pesticides. And most importantly, once it is no longer effective, after 6 months, it is compostable or can be used as a fertilizer for your plants.
I can not verify its purification abilities, but as far as the taste of water is concerned, it works very well. Yet I am very difficult about it. I'd rather be dehydrated than drinking Hepar, that's saying.
I juggle with two glass bottles, one that contains the charcoal and the second that I use to drink. I'm sparing you the moment when I talk about the satisfaction of not throwing bottles of water?
Some additional ideas to go to zero waste (or almost)
To go to zero waste, here are some additional ideas that everyone can use:
- Use a bar of soap (wrapped in paper) to wash your hands instead of liquid soap
- Use an oriculi to clean small ears rather than cotton swabs
- Replace plastic film with tissue to preserve food or cover plates
- Use a cup or gourd at work instead of the plastic cups of the water fountain
- Always have a tote bag on oneself or reusable bags in the car to avoid using the plastic bags of the stores
- Refuse straws in your drinks
- Put his washing up liquid in a soap dispenser. So it lasts me two or three times longer
And you, what are your zero waste ideas?
If zero waste interests you, I recommend reading Lisa's article.