10 ways to meet your zero waste resolutions

The words 'zero waste' are written on a chalkboard and surrounded by reusable containers of dried pasta and fresh fruits.

10 ways to meet your zero waste resolutions (with some tips from our rubbish experts) 

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to start new habits or say goodbye to old ones. But we all know that by the end of January it can be hard to find the motivation to match our resolutions.

As the excitement of a new goal is replaced by the day-to-day reality, we can find ourselves slipping back into old routines that feel more familiar and therefore easier.

The thing to remember is that with any life-changing resolution, whether it’s to exercise every day or committing to a zero or low-waste lifestyle, the initial change is likely to be the hardest part. As soon as it becomes habit, it feels much easier.

If reducing your waste was one of your goals, we can help!

Begin (or begin again) by thinking about the broad areas of your life where you can make small changes to help you waste less. Then start experimenting! 

Our experience from running the #WasteNothing Challenge for two years is that it’s best to start small and try one change at a time. 

Follow the links below for ideas. Each article relates to a different area of your life and can be nixed and matched to create a balance that works for you.

Where will you begin your zero waste journey?

  1. Reduce food waste
  2. Reduce shopping waste
  3. Reduce bathroom waste
  4. Reduce cleaning product waste
  5. Reduce clothing waste 
  6. Reduce packaging by growing your own
  7. Reduce waste from pet products
  8. Reduce and reuse baby products
  9. Reduce and reuse in your business

And number 10 is to repair what you already have

Not sure where to start? Choose to reuse!

One of the easiest waste nothing resolutions you could make this year is to choose to reuse.

There are some really easy swaps you can make to help you waste nothing, but you will need containers to carry them in. If you haven’t got one already, start your waste nothing journey by creating a refill kit for your shopping.

Although you can buy specially designed products, a refill kit doesn’t need to cost you anything. Jam jars, plastic bottles and takeaway containers work just as well as the reusable products you can buy in the shops. 

Once you have created your kit, use the City to Sea refill app to find places that accept reusables or offer refills.

Some items to consider including in your refill kit: 

  • drinks bottle
  • coffee cup
  • cutlery
  • net or mesh bags for loose fruit and veg
  • reuse tupperware or takeaway containers

Remember to use what you already have before switching to a packaging-free alternative.

When making changes we always recommend using up what you have first. For example, if want to make some switches in your bathroom, like moving from a liquid shampoo to a solid bar, use up the shampoo you have before buying the alternative.

Find out more about waste and recycling in Bristol

Do you know the difference between reducing, reusing and recycling? Find out more about the waste hierarchy and what you can do with things when you don’t need them anymore.

Good luck with your zero waste resolutions!

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