How to Become a Minimalist and Live Zero-Waste


With the climate changes that we’re experiencing today, we keep hearing how bad the effects are and how we should save the planet and reduce human-caused greenhouse gases. But no one is telling us what to do to decrease those toxins. Below is a list of things you can do today to change your lifestyle to become minimalist and live a zero-waste life:

Cleaning the house

1. Swap paper towels for reusable rags.

2. Use baking soda and white vinegar to clean the kitchen (oven, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher…).

3. Buy dishwasher and laundry detergent in bulk.
4. Open your windows to air your home or to cool it down. 

5. Get some houseplants to purify the air in your home. 

6. Do the laundry as few times as you can.


7. Reuse the single-printed papers for shopping lists. 

8. Shop for vegetables and eggs from farmer’s market and take with you the egg’s carton and your basket or a reusable bag.
9. When buying food, stick to your shopping list and only buy the quantity that you really need.

10. Shop in bulk as much as you can and bring your own jars and reusable bag for your purchases.
11. Sign up for a free customer rewards program, but don’t just buy to collect points. Let it be a long-term investment.
12. When using your car to shop, start with the furthest destination for maximum fuel efficiency.


13. Reuse vegetables and fruits cleaning water to water your plants.
14. Plan your meals to avoid food waste. 

15. For the food that can be frozen, cook much of it and save it in the freezer.
16. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.

17. Use wax food wrapper instead of plastic and foil wrappers.

18. Recycle what you can and compost instead of throwing your food in the trash.


19. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush instead of using plastic toothbrushes.
20. Use baking soda as a deodorant and toothpaste.

21. Refill your bottles with bulk shampoo.

22. Buy package-free solid soap.
23. Give menstrual cup a try.

24. Use more home-made skincare (they’re safe and more effective than chemical ones).

25. Use a metal safety razor instead of a plastic one. 


26. The rule goes like this: Anything you didn’t wear for a year and a half you’re not going to wear it ever, so donate what you don’t wear.
27. Shop as few times as you can per year to avoid compulsive buys.
28. Buy second-hand clothes.

29. Use the worn-out clothes as rags.
30. Learn a few sewing tricks. Repair your clothes or make something useful out of it instead of throwing it.


Going out

31. Pack your lunch instead of eating out.

32. If you have a habit of coffee, make it at home and take it with you in a flask.
33. Refuse napkins and plastic bags when you get a takeaway.
34. Instead of using a plastic straw, use a reusable one or no straw at all.

35. Instead of buying a disposable water bottle, use a reusable water bottle made out of glass or stainless steel. 

36. Bring your own containers when getting take-away food or taking your leftovers. 

General tips
37. Analyze your waste: The goal is to go “zero waste” and so the first thing to do is to analyze your waste in order to figure out the most important areas that you need to work on more. So if your waste consists of so much food wrapping and packaging, you might consider looking for alternatives to those items, like buying them in bulk.

38. Refuse what you don’t need: Think before accepting any clutter into your home.
39. Repair it when it breaks.

40. Don’t buy it, if you can borrow it.

41. Turn off the TV, it not only consumes energy but your time too. Instead of spending time in front of the TV, do something you love.
42. Use the nearby park to jog and do your exercises, instead of going to the gym. It not only saves you money, but also having some fresh air can reduce your stress considerably.
43. Cut down your expenses. Remove luxuries from your budget.
44. Use cheaper transportation. Walk as much as you can and use carpool. 

45. Grow your own herbs. And even if you haven’t a garden, you still can grow them in pots.
46. Collect rainwater to use later for watering your plants.

47. Start Using Ecosia as a search engine, with the search ads that come on your searching page, Ecosia will use 80% of the money to plant trees. On average 45 searches will plant a tree.
48. Get a library card.

49. Use both sides of the paper.

50. Donate your old books and clothes.

51. Talk more about zero-waste around you and let others be inspired.
52. Collect memories and not things.

It might feel overwhelming to apply all of these ideas to your current lifestyle, so all you’ll have to do is to keep a list of ideas you think you can start with in front of you and keep doing it until it becomes a habit. You can always come up with new ideas that work best with your lifestyle, by keeping in mind that the goal is a “zero waste”.

Additional resources you might be interested in:

Your turn…
Do you have more ideas you want to add to the list?
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Do you need encouragement to get started? here are some quotes to inspire you to live on less 

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