Minimizing the production of waste is possible: let’s start with a ten-point path, small daily gestures to live better and do something really concrete for the environment
How to become a zero waste family
Adopting the perspective and practice of a zero-waste life improves the surrounding environment, the family budget and even one’s relationships. It also makes the whole world more sustainable. From the experience of Jérémie Pichon is Benedicte Moret, authors de “The Zero Waste family (or almost)” (ed. Sonda), we offer you ten challenges to start changing your perspective: many ideas that we found in their volume, full of tips, practical experiences and funny anecdotes, all based on their experience.
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1. Purchase foods with a tupperware or a jar
There are so many products that can be purchased in bulk:
- legumes and dried fruit,
- tea and coffee,
- nuts and seeds,
- household products such as dishwasher liquid and laundry detergent.
Bulk goods are the key to zero waste and have the advantage of reducing costs: 20 to 40% less than packaged products.
Choose glass tupperware, which in addition to being recyclable does not transmit plastic molecules to food heated in the microwave oven, cloth bags, even better if homemade with old shirts or sheets with holes in them, crates or cartons, glass jars of jams or peeled tomatoes, jars and metal boxes of all kinds: everything you need to customize the kitchen.
2. Don’t accept just a plastic bag anymore
If you don’t want the turtles to die from the plastic bags, don’t get them. As well as plastic materials and useless packaging. It is not difficult, just think about it, say no and bring alternatives from home. Rejection is the first step.
3. Organize an aperitif at home without waste
Happy hour can also be zero waste. In place of chips, prepared peanuts and pistachios savory tartlets e scones, olives in a glass jar, raw vegetables with yoghurt sauce, pate with homemade bread, hummus … everything that comes to your mind and that does not involve the use of unnecessary packaging and packaging.
Also choose fruit juices and spirits in glass bottles.
Furthermore, the aperitif can be an opportunity to give a gift zero waste dish to friends, demonstrating with a practical example that another lifestyle is possible, good and original.
4. Buy used clothing
According to the European Commission, fashion is the second most polluting sector, just behind the oil industry. In countries where clothing is produced, waterways are polluted by the discharges of toxic products used by the textile industry, and in countries where these clothing are imported, mechanical washing of fabrics and their disposal cause the emission of substances toxic in the environment. Shopping second hand clothes, you will avoid both all packaging and a new production that generates enormous pollution.
An idea? Go shopping in your closets and organize a swap party with your friends, which also includes the children’s clothes!
5. Offer waste-free gifts
Choosing alternative gifts is not difficult:
- bet onused through markets and websites like immediately.it or coseinutili.it,
- choose a intangible gift – a weekend, a show, a ticket for a museum, a meal, a train ticket -,
- or the craft gift: a drawing, a painting, a scarf Knitted or a sweater, a hand-sewn bag, homemade jams, cosmetics, a decorated bottle, an old school metal box, personalized jars for the kitchen.
Unpackaged or, better still, wrap gifts with recyclable materials:
- office card,
- recycled cloth.
Afterwards, you can also decorate them.
6. At the bar, say no to the single chocolate or the sugar packet
Individual packaging for such small quantities is an offense to the environment: refuse the chocolate or the sugar sachet, you can certainly do without it.
7. Organize a party without disposable plates
The disposable has spread to the surface of the planet like a virus. The opportunities are growing, and the logic is just as incredible: using an energy-efficient material with a lifespan of hundreds of years for just a few seconds. Of course, now there is compostable: corn, bamboo, palm … products grown with a lot of water, pesticides and greenhouse gas emissions. The solution is at hand: use washable dishes.
8. Replace the shower gel with an unpackaged soap
Instead of shower gel, which often also contains harmful substances, choose a solid soap depending on skin type, tolerance and hydration needs: soap …