My top 10 Zero Waste product and lifestyle swaps to replace single use items and unsustainable habits.
I use my reusable bags for produce, bulk and making nut milk. They are easily in my TOP 5 favourite purchases since going Zero Waste.
For the first 18 months I washed and reused my plastic bags , but when they started sprouting leaks I knew it was time to invest in a better option. There are many options for reusable bulk bags out there: muslin, hemp, cotton and lycra mesh versions like the ones pictured in the image.
Personally I use Carebags, they are a multi-purpose Canadian brand that holds up to 11 lbs and lasts up to 2o years – think of all the single-use plastic bags you are no longer using! Cashiers can easily see the product and read codes through the mesh and there is no problem if the bags get damp in the fridge crisper.
Seriously, whenever I write or say this brand name out loud I am nostalgic for my childhood and can think of nothing other than my brother’s Batman comic collection.
“Pow, Blam, KA-POW!”
Sorry – too easy to get carried away! Cuppow canning jar lids are easily one of my favourite and most used items. I used the lids on 250 ml mason jars to turn them into toddler sippy cups, I use them to turn my mason jar into travel mug or to transport my smoothie or water on the go. No need to invest in reusable water bottles and travel mugs – just invest in a Cuppow lid that will transform you mason jar collection!
So we go from diapers to menstrual cups – seems a natural segue.
I kid you not, the menstrual cup is LIFE CHANGING.
I have said this many times before and I will continue to praise the almighty good work of the Diva Cup. This is my single favourite switch since going Zero Waste.
A short, yet comprehensive list of the benefits of choosing a reusable menstrual cup over disposable menstrual products: save money, with proper care a menstrual cup can last up to 10 years | save time, the Diva Cup only needs to be emptied every 12 hours | less unnecessary leakage | reduce exposure to toxins | sleep in ANY position you want.
Skoy Kitchen Srubbers
One of my favourite switches are from kitchen sponge to Skoy scrubbers.
Dish scrub cloths are not even slightly sexy – but Skoy scrubbers are cute and they work fantastically well!
These scrubbers are made of cotton and a food grade, non-toxic hardener so they are 100% compostable. What is even better is that they last for months, after cleaning my pots and pans for the better part of six months my scrubber receive a second life cleaning bathroom sinks and toilets – How Exciting!
Bokashi Kitchen Composter
If you do not have access to municipal compost programs or if your thumb is more brown than green, you need to learn about bokashi composting.
Fast, Easy, Pest-Free composting solution for ALL your food waste.
Yup that’s right, transform ALL food scraps: cooked foods, dairy, meat, grains, pasta, fruits and veggies into garden ready compost in 4-6 weeks.
I am all for easy and that is why bokashi composting spoke to me – that and my garden needs all the help it can get! Diverting organic matter from landfill and turning into nutrient rich soil for growing you own food is winning in my books!
If you want to visit Bokashi Living’s website to learn more click here Bokashi Composter
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Along with my favourite habit and product swaps I share one of my favourite quotes, this one is by Margret Meed. I think it is relevant in so many aspects of our lives today. Yes, the climate crisis is a massive problem, but too often we let ourselves off the hook believing that only massive solutions, enforced by governments, will fix the problem. Instead, we need to look inward, hold ourselves accountable for how we choose to move through the world and lead by example. The results will be greater happiness, health and future.
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