A family guide to waste-free living is our first approach to get you through an eco-journey.
The Eco-journey is the middle name of a deeper transformation. You can easily go from a wild consumer to the kind of person that has a slow rhythm of consumption. You can live in balance with Mother Earth and yourself. Please, remember that: eco-journeys are possible and easy!
So, first things first. You probably heard that sentence before: the world does not need a small number of people mastering sustainability, it needs a bunch of people doing it imperfectly.
Second: each person is different, has different tastes and habits. The important here is to discover what could you do to improve your life and the life of others around you. Think about your family and in the future generations to come.
Family guide to waste-free living – a simpler way to start
There is a lot of information on this subject. Bringing your family on this 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 incredibly 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 breathe more.
It should make your life lighter.
Start from the basics – go plastic free
The first time you were at school you started to make lines and draws that eventually would become letters and numbers. That´s a good logical thought that leads to this simple expression: “baby steps”. You learn a bit and you put it into practice. Repeat the process until it becomes an easy habit to perform.
We advise the same here. Please enjoy the process!
You are about to start to make something great for you, your family, and Mother Earth. It should feel like it!
Rule 1: 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 ones.
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.
Glass is better than plastic.
Before that: reusable is better than single-use items.
– this way you will avoid many waste materials from going to landfills –
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 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.
Rule 2: 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 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?
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.
Rule 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 it 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)
Rule 4: Go package-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.
6. Go to a grocery store and buy in bulk.
your beauty products, in general, can come in a jar of glass
also, they can be toxin-free
you can find awesome products that protect Earth
and your skin
Learning together – slow living with kids
If you have kids in your family things can become tricky because kids influence each other.
Also, a lot of kids’ essentials come in plastic. A long time ago it was thought that way with the purpose to help mothers routine. Disposable items are easier to throw out. At least, 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; actually, 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. There are some good toothbrushes for kids made from bamboo as well.
Rule 5: Motivate them with fun routines where they can learn what good choices are.
this way you can make it a family thing
it is so much easier when 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.
You can find more tips here on this page about plastic-free solutions.