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Garbage stinks. Yet we produce so much of it. Imagine a different lifestyle – one where ‘waste’ doesn’t exist. Living a Zero-Waste lifestyle means making some changes and even some sacrifices. But it’s worth it: you contribute nothing to landfills (and believe me, the world doesn’t need any more trash), and you live a life with less clutter, fewer things, and more experience and meaning. By tuning away from heavily packaged items, you also benefit your health. Think about all the preservatives you’ll avoid.

As someone still transitioning (every day is part of a journey), I have some SUPER simple tips to help you reduce your waste and eventually get it to nothing. But, like anything else, give yourself time and make the changes with mindfulness and patience.

Most people think living with less waste means more money, time, and effort. To make life easier, here are the four simple alternatives and tips that will drastically reduce your consumption and waste. When we say simple, we mean changes anyone can make. Are you ready to go on a Zero-Waste lifestyle?

Plastic Bags vs. An Organic Cotton Tote Bag

Never use a plastic bag. It’s a simple and effective way to reduce waste and avoid plastic (which is hardly ever recycled). Consider a durable cotton bag you can carry wherever you go. The best part is that you can fold it away into your purse or back pocket. If it gets dirty, wash it and reuse it. That’s how it’s done. Simple, cheap and easy. Just remember to take it everywhere with you.

Tampons & Pads vs. Diva Cup

Think about the resources that are used to make tampons and pads. And it’s not a one-time thing. We use it every month for many, many years. They’re uncomfortable, expensive and wasteful. The Diva Cup is made of medical silicon and can be cleaned and reused repeatedly.

Disposable Water Bottle vs. A Reusable Water Bottle

I think paying for water is ridiculous. Even worse is paying for water kept in plastic (with all its chemicals and toxins) and then piled away and added to landfill. Doesn’t it make sense to buy a reusable bottle instead? This way, no one has to pay for water or be exposed to harmful chemicals from the plastic.

Packaged Soap and shampoo vs. Bar Soap

Most of the soaps and shampoos we use are packaged in plastic. On top of that, many of these products use fragrances and chemicals that don’t take care of your skin or hair. Switching over to bar soaps is an easy way to take care of your health and save money and the planet. Try our Shampoo Bars for chemical-free and healthy hair. The best bit is that bar soaps hardly use any packaging – and when they do, it’s usually from paper or cardboard that is biodegradable or at least recyclable.

If this is all new to you, don’t worry. There are easy ways to go with a Zero-Waste lifestyle. All you have to do is start evaluating your lifestyle to find alternatives for your disposable and plastic products. Try investing in durable products that you can reuse again and again. This is the best way to reduce your consumption, waste and, of course, spending.