Zero Waste is a trend that is sweeping the trash removal industry. The concept that we can get to the point of producing no waste is very attractive to both businesses and the average citizen of the world. Many environmentally forward people have already begun implementing a variety of strategies to be considered Zero Waste. So it is just a matter of time before you and your friends are participating in the Zero Waste movement.
When it comes to Zero Waste it is important to start slow. The ability to create absolutely no waste does involve some up front costs and is simply not easy. However the benefits are well worth it. When you decide to finally convert to Zero Waste, take Budget Dumpster’s advice ans start with your kitchen! Please consider not every is going to be able to accomplish the ultimate goal of Zero waste, but simply minimizing your trash is just as important.
Step #1: Compost
Composting is an essential tool in any Zero Waste kitchen. Food is a huge contributor to landfills and you will need to divert your contribution. Many do not compost for the fear of the smell, but that no longer can be an excuse, especially if you have a backyard. If you don’t, there are many composting products on the market today that will not only make easy, but eliminate the odor. If you refuse to compost, well plan on eating every morsel of every meal.
Step #2: Shop with the Same Containers
You purchase shopping containers that you will use every single time or you can go the extra green mile and re-purpose containers to use while you shop. Finding what works for your needs is likely to take some trial and error. As you shop with your reusable containers, you will be able to showcase your zero waste efforts, hopefully encouraging others to do the same.
Your Zero Waste shopping does not need to happen in the traditional sense. Many Zero Waste kitchens take advantage of online ordering. If you are interested in the future of Zero Waste shopping, check out this website, which is dedicated to delivering products in a zero waste fashion.
When you do decide to purchase an item, try to buy in bulk whenever possible. This saves packaging, money, trips to store and from running out! Some experienced Zero Wasters only go to the store a handful of times in a year.
Step # 3: Make from Scratch
Now this does not mean everything, but whenever possible try to make a product that you would purchase at the store from scratch. This will save on packaging and give you a sense of achievement. From bread to canning fruits and vegetables, to even cereal, all are very easy to make and much more affordable. This will also save you from all the gas lost from running to the grocery store just for bread and other staple foods.
Step #4: No Disposable Products
Paper towels, plates, napkins and plastic wraps are the most the biggest violations in a Zero Waste kitchen. These items are obviously very convenient, but at the end of the day, they are adding to our rapidly filling landfills. There are some great alternatives to these wasteful products that are much more effective.
Living with Zero Waste is easy and results in a simpler life for you. The kitchen can be a very wasteful place and it will take thousands of kitchen to make an actual impact. However there has to be the first friend in every group that starts a zero waste kitchen and why can’t that be you?