Why zero waste?
When we are living in an society that has recycling under control, it can be blinding, and we might think that as long as we recycle all is good. The thing is that recycling is only the first step, but not the answer. Just because our recycling is working well here in Finland, doesn't mean that's the case all around the globe. There's still oceans and landfills covered in trash. So if we would honour the resources we are freely provided from the earth, we wouldn’t just use them once and throw them away and call it recycling. Don’t get me wrong here, I think it's amazing that we have taken the first step, and recycle. But I feel that we are ready for the next one, which is leaning towards a more zero waste lifestyle.
But when we make changes, lasting ones, we must take them gradually. This provides fertile ground for us to grow and evolve from. So be honest with where you are right now: whats your next step? I'm going to provide you with a little list here down below from which you can choose the steps you’re ready to take right now. Remember gradual growth, and you’ll be sweet.
Zero waste checklist
Change your single used coffee cups, to refillable ones.
Get a lasting glass/alumine water bottle, which you can refill.
Carry a cutlery kit with you: fork, spoon and knife.
Reusable straw always <3
Go for the reusable napkins over paper tissues.
Prefer glass, aluminium and paper over plastic!
Carry an extra reusable shopping bag with you. At all times
Quality over quantity. Buy lasting stuff !
Buy your foods without plastic, so carry veggie backs with you and buy from markets which provide plastic free food. Order online Raakatori or go buy from the market hall Hallin luomupuoti
Support your locals. Always choose local over exported.
Buy your dry foods from bulk stores, and bring your own glass jars with you.
Make your own cosmetics the zero waste way or buy organic cosmetics which are packed in glass/aluminium/paper.
For laundry get soap nuts, yes they are nuts that wash your laundry!
Buy your clothes from brands/organisations who use recycled materials and/or recycle their clothes. (go check out Recci and Rumeurlabel)
Save your glass containers and use them as food containers. With this hack you'll save the environment and your wallet.
Go for bar soaps or go for refillable liquid soaps (there's one at Punnitse&Säästä at Forum)
Ditch the plastic wraps and go for Bee's wax wraps
Go for a bamboo toothbrush or recycled plastic electrical toothbrush, the next time you truly need a new toothbrush.
When your hair Is crying for a new brush, get a natural brush and a cleaner for it.
Ditch the single disposable razors for lasting stainless steal safety razor.
Thank you for being open to grow to heal. We are in this together, as a society. We fall together and grow together.