Going zero waste on a budget may be easier than you think. There are many sustainable, zero waste swaps you can make without impacting your bank balance.
Tip 1: Use Glass Jars
Yes, we're talking about those old olive, honey and peanut butter jars you may put in your recycle bin. Well, it's time to start gathering them, either from your neighbour's recycling bin, your mum's house or your local cafe. Glass jars can be used for just about everything. Here are a few ways that glass jars support a zero waste lifestyle:
Take your glass jars to the local bulk foods store or deli to buy ingredients without the plastic or packaging
Use your glass jars for food storage. This may include taking your snacks or lunch in your glass jars to work or using them for storing leftovers instead of plastic containers.
Organise your pantry with glass jars. Stop buying packaged foods, and store your goods zero waste.
Tip 2: Line Your Bin With Newspaper
Tip 3: Make Your Own Zero Waste Produce Bags From Old Fabric
Reusable produce bags are a great alternative to single-use plastic produce bags. However, they can be a little expensive. Making produce bags at home is relatively easy. You can make them from old fabrics such as sheets or pillow cases. If you don't have old fabric lying around, head to your local thrift shop where you can pick them up for less than buck.
Tip 4: Bring Your Reusables Everywhere
Yes, you'll save money here and also help protect our planet. Carrying your reusables around is essential for going zero waste on a budget. Here are a few DYI zero waste alternatives to avoid purchasing new reusables.
There you go, a few tips to help you go zero waste on a budget - little or no spend required. So, it's not as far-fetched as you may have thought. With a bit of planning and creativity, a zero waste lifestyle is possible on a budget. We hope that after reading this you will get your zero waste kit together and start adding some of these zero waste essentials to your routine.
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