As the days of us sheltering inside continue, it seems we’ve all become a little bit more aware about how much stuff we’re going through. We’re eating more meals at home, doing more laundry and washing up, and producing more waste because of this. Whilst making sure you dispose of your waste effectively via methods such as recycling, composting and donating, things still seem to be piling up.
One of the best ways to reduce waste is to not just think about how you dispose, but also how you buy. To help you, we’ve put together a quick and easy guide on how you can be resourceful and thrifty. Saving money and saving the planet at the same time.
Assess what you already have
Firstly, assess what you actually need to buy for your household right now. Go through your kitchen and make an list of everything you already have. There’s no need to buy fresh basil when you can use some dried you’ve have in cupboard! Having a clear vision of everything already in stock will stop you from over-purchasing on your next shop and get your creative juices going thinking about new recipes. That one time use of Harissa paste could well be the key to a new and interesting family meal.
Keep things clear using old jars and containers
Once you have a clear list, make sure you keep it visible in your cupboards. We like to put ingredients in clear jars (Kilner or even used jam/spread jars) with labels so you can clearly see what needs replenishing. You can also buy so many staples now from plastic-free zero waste shops – popping up more and more both locally and online – see below for our link to how you find your local one.
Do you have room to buy a couple of every day items in larger volumes
With our efforts to reduce single use plastic, why not start thinking about what you can store and buy in bulk. If you have the space you can buy products like washing up liquid, washing power and cleaning products from the likes of Ecover in larger more planet-friendly containers, saving not only money but also plastic.
Of course, whilst we’re at home a lot we are all thinking about our energy bills too. Now being a great opportunity to maybe create some new habits. For example, washing clothing less frequently means you use less energy and detergent – check out our guide on how to keep clothes fresh. Use a GuppyFriend Washing Bag to reduce your microplastic pollution. Or try making changes to your meals and cooking habits, such as cooking in large quantities to last you several days, or reducing the use of meat and dairy in your meals – check out one our favourite vegan recipes.
By far, one of the absolute best ways to reduce your waste is by making easy swaps of your commonly used items to ecofriendly alternatives. Beeswax Wrap, Moon Cups, bamboo toothbrushes, washing make-up pads and metal razors are just an example of some easily accessible and affordable items you can start using straight away, check out online stores to buy them in the links below!
Some of our favourite articles and resources for low waste living
Low waste habits in a lockdown from A Considered Life
Sustainable And Zero Waste Kitchen Guide from Conscious Life & Style
Five eco friendly changes to make whilst staying at home from Thought
Reduce Your Kitchen Waste from The Good Trade
20 Eco-Friendly Things To Do During Self-Quarantine from Eco Warrior Princess
Guide to the Best Zero Waste Stores in the UK from Pebble Magazine
Six Weeks to Zero Waste by Kate Arnell
Great places to shop and discover
Package Free Shop
Do you have any resources or tips for lowering your household waste? Let us know in the comments or tag us on social media @thoughtclothing