Family guide to waste-free living is our first approach to get you through an eco-journey.
All of us, trying to make a difference should find their own journey that takes every one of us to:
- A better planet
- A true commitment to changing behaviors
- A good feeling towards our consumption habits
You can find more tips here on this page about plastic-free solutions.
Family guide to waste-free living – a simpler way to start
There is a lot of information on this subject. How you can be more sustainable and live a waste-free life. Bring your family on this eco-journey with you is also a challenge.
So, we think it is crucial that you know that it does not have to be hard. You and your family should enjoy the process. Also, be aware that the family is a relative concept. You can feel that family is your dog, your housemates, your parents, or your kids and husband.
Actually, these tips are inclusive. You and your family can start to become waste-free living on your time and have fun while you do it.
you can be a family who values nature or a family that loves a fun life in a city
in both cases, you can have an easier waste-free life
nowadays you have solutions to have a waste-free life that includes your 4 four-legged friends
even if your family is huge and you have a busy routine
a waste-free life will let you breath more
it should make your life lighter
1. Start from the basics – slow living
The first time you were at school you started to make lines and draws that eventually would become letters and numbers, today you have a lot more knowledge of the 5 or 6 years old kid at primary school.
That´s logical thought. You learn a bit and you put into practice and repeat the process.
Same here. Please enjoy the process!
You are about to start to make something great to you, your family, and Mother Earth. You need to feel like it.
choose to have a long-term relationship with your daily objects
the first tip is easy: look around you
on your workspace and your own home
What single-use items are you using?
Replace them for the lasting one’s
cups for coffee, tea, daily water and so on; they can be replaced for a cup made of glass
so, you can use it, wash it and reuse it again and again
(you are trying to become waste-free and maybe plastic-free as well. Plastic is not the best choice, glass is more recyclable. But a long-lasting bottle will always be better than single-use plastic bottles or cups)
– this way you will avoid many waste materials of going to landfills –
2. Reuse is our second tip: use what you already have
Becoming more conscious about your daily choices and reduce waste starts here. We are formated to go shopping whenever we feel like we need something.
Well, the truth is that most of the time we have something already in our homes that can make the trick. We just need to get creative.
For example, empty jars can be reused to store your food, compost on the way, or become homemade candle vases. The hypotheses are almost infinite.
Do you have old t-shirts and trousers around the house? Plus: do you know how to sew?
Here you have it, this is another way to reinvent new objects and items with your old ones. You can turn it into upcycled clothes or make cloths to clean the house.
Here you reutilize old items while you dispense the need to buy new stuff.
3. Think twice – slow living
Slow living is the term that asks us to slow down our pace in life.
So, we have time to enjoy things.
In order to be able to enjoy your things and moments, probably you don´t need more stuff.
What we are asking you to do is simple. Before you buy something new, think twice: do you really need it?
Because to be waste-free we do not need to buy a new bunch of things.
Within this point of view, you save Earth while you save your money as well.
The industry is pushing our desire to buy all the time with appealing commercials.
You know what? We can say no to that.
3. Second-hand is always a good idea – slow living
If you need something that you don´t have at your disposal and there is no way you can create with what you already have, we say: second-hand is always a good idea.
Giving objects and items a second life, purpose or use is a good way to go zero-waste.
You can, also, sell what you already have and don´t use that much as well.
The circular economy is the way to be a conscious consumer while you try a zero-waste living.
The options in this area are enormous, you have second-hand furniture, second-hand clothes, second-hand books and so on. You can find our second-hand items on sale here.
(second-hand books in three languages)
4. Go plastic-free – slow living
To be waste-free these days you have to go plastic-free as well.
Plastic is one of the materials that last longer in landfills and people are using it in every single tool or object in their houses.
Simple ways to begin:
1- Change your toothpaste and your toothbrush. The toothbrush can be made of bamboo and Toothpaste can come in a jar made of glass. You can check and buy some options here.
2- Use reusable bags to make your shopping at the supermarket.
3- Buy recipients made of glass instead of plastic to your own kitchen.
4- Buy solid shampoos, conditioners, and soaps. There are a lot of them that come in a recyclable card box. We have some of the best solid shampoos here.
5- Bring your own bottle of water or coffee cup throughout the day.
your beauty products, in general, can be in a jar of glass
also, they can be toxin-free
you can find awesome products that protect Earth
and your skin
4. Learning together – slow living with kids
If you have kids in your family things can become tricky because kids make influence each other.
Also, a lot of kids’ essentials come in plastic. In the beginning, I believe it was made that way with the purpose to help mothers routine. Disposable items are easier to throw out. That´s what they advertise.
But we know it can be different and easy if you learn together.
Your kids learn with your attitudes as a parent (not just in school with their peers).
Starting from a young age, helping you recycling trash or giving away what they do not need anymore to other kids is a good move.
Other things you can choose instead of disposable items:
1- You can peak your kid’s clothes carefully, buying just what they need and with the quality they deserve (we know they grow quick, but this is why you should not buy everything you think you need; you will realize you do not need that much).
2- Wrap your kids´food in reusable bags.
3- Use jars instead of disposable packages to give them juices, milk, or whatever they like for breakfast and breaks.
4- Motivate them with fun routines where they can learn what are the good choices.
this way you can make it a family thing
it would be so much easier if all the family is involved
we have a section of ethically produced products for kids here
Hope you enjoyed our Family guide to waste-free living.
Soon, we will bring you more contents on this subject.