Refuse unnecessary items
It may not surprise you that the less you consume, the less waste is ultimately disposed of. Endeavour to refuse items that you don’t need in order to avoid the consumption of needless waste. For instance, tote a reusable straw and refuse a plastic straw or plastic bags when you are running errands. At the grocery store, do your best to steer clear of single-use plastics in favour of cloth bags to tote your fruit and vegetables home in.
If you want to go the extra mile and stock up at home to ensure you are using as little plastic as possible, there’s lots of lovely alternatives like metal straws for example.
Reuse zero waste products
Whenever possible, try to avoid buying disposable items. Instead, reuse items and supplies for years to come. Take inventory of the specific things you throw away, and take the time to find reusable alternatives.
Trade plastic utensils for steel alternatives, and invest in glass or plastic water bottles that can be used for years. We love finding a new purpose for old items – if you’ve finished a jar of jam, convert it into a sugar pot. For any disposable item you use on a daily basis, chances are a reusable, sustainable alternative already exists.