Earth day has come and go, but that does not mean we have to stop taking care of it. Now, more than ever, let’s continue making Earth day every day! What a better way than adopting a Zero Waste lifestyle? By now, we are aware of our linear economy and how that makes Zero Waste a bit challenging. In this post, I will be sharing information and resources for helping you get started lowering your waste and environmental footprint.
Tip #1: Re-sell clothing, shoes, and bags
- Poshmark – Great option if not in a hurry to dispose of the clothing.
- Kids’ consignment stores – You can sell about everything kids-related.
- ThredUp – One of the best options for me. A great option if you want to get the clothing out of your house while earning some money. They will email you a shipping label, and you can schedule a pickup with the USPS. ThredUp takes care of posting and managing the listing. If items are not accepted by them, they will be donated or sent to a recycling facility.
Tip #2: Donate items no longer needed but in good conditions
- PACT – A free donation program for your old and gently used clothing. Just pack your donation, print the shipping label, and done!
- Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) – They take everything. Did I mention they pick up as well?
- Facebook Market – This is a great place to give away any item.
- Facebook Buy Nothing Group – The main goal of this group is to save money by not buying any item that can be borrowed or obtained second-hand. Post your stuff for others to reuse.
Tip #3: Recycle items that cannot be reused or upcycle
- Knickey – They have a recycling program exclusive for underwear and socks. You just need to pack everything and print the shipping label provided by them.
- Recycling facility – You may need to do a bit of research, but recycling facilities accept a lot of the items we don’t know what to do with them.
- Organic Grocery Stores – These stores have a dedicated area for responsible disposing of different items, including clothing and shoes.
- Terra cycle – This place recycles almost everything. However, you would need to pay for the label and shipping box. Basically, you will buy a package for putting in the items you want to recycle and then ship the parcel back to them. Now, they also partner with many companies, which offer free recycling programs through Terra Cycle. My family and I subscribed to the Colgate Recycling program over two years ago, and so far, so good.
Tip #4: Swap items that come in plastic packaging for a more Eco-friendly option
- Plaine Products – Great option for hair and body care products, such as shampoos, conditioners, body and face lotions. This a more Zero Waste approach. All their products are mailed in reusable packaging. Once the product is finished, you just send the box with the empty bottle back to refill.
- Dropps – This is for Eco-friendly and low-waste household cleaning products. I have been using their laundry detergent for over a year now. These are like pods. The only packaging is the cartoon box they are mailed in.
- Who Gives a Crap – Plastic-free bamboo toilet paper… let’s just leave it like that.
All the above are just tips from lifestyle changes my family and I have made over the year. A Zero Waste lifestyle will not happen overnight. It took us time to develop habits and learn what works for our specific situation without complicating things. Adopting a Zero Waste lifestyle made me realized the impact over-consumerism has on our Earth. It helped me get away from that consumerism mindset and back to what is more valuable for me, time with my family. I don’t go shopping at the mall anymore. Instead, I go hiking with my family. We only have one Earth one home, take care of it and enjoy it with your loved ones.
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