Zero Waste Lifestyle, for beginners

Living a zero waste lifestyle, which means aiming to reduce landfill-bound trash to the bare minimum, is no mean feat. Considering the fact that a 'humble' plastic bag could take up to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill, living day-to-day without single use plastic and other toxic, non-recyclable materials takes a hell of a lot of planning and research.

Luckily, there's a wonderful web of blogs and vlogs there to help guide us through the journey to a more ethical, economic and eco-friendly life!

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Here's one of our favourite resources, a video introducing 10 easy ways to reduce waste, including:

  • Saying no to flyers, junk mail, merch and freebies
  • Take reusable cloth bags shopping instead of plastic carriers
  • Use glass jars to shop for and store grains, nuts and more
  • Swap disposable plastic straws for acrylic, paper or metal
  • Preserve leftovers with beeswax wrap instead of cling film
  • Invest in a reusable, refillable water bottle
  • Bring silverware from home to avoid using disposable cutlery
  • Buy a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush
  • Switch from tampons and pads to a menstrual cup
  • Read books and magazines via a tablet or Kindle.

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Ruth MacGilp is an Edinburgh based blogger, and an activist for all things ethical in the fashion industry, as well as supporting the #shopsmall and #shoplocal movements through her work.
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