living a zero-waste lifestyle is so easy and can actually save you money when you take the time to plan ahead. we want to highlight a few key changes you can make to live healthier, happier, and waste-free.
1. reusable containers and meal prep. before the start of each week stock up on lots of un-packaged fruits and vegetables, and cut them up as desired. when the time comes to pack a lunch for the day, a salad can get thrown together in under 5 minutes with all the ingredients pre-prepped. not only does this save you time, but you’re also saving the trash and $12 that comes with a grab-and-go lunch. stainless steel containers and glass jars are some of our favorites to use to store food, and they can serve multiple purposes. check out Package Free for some great options!
2. tote bags. every plastic object that has ever been made still exists in our world, and will continue to exist for years to come. ditch the trashy plastic bag and stow a reusable tote in your purse. you can use for groceries, shopping, errands, and more.
3. shop smart. buying less and buying better is always the way to go. look for clothing and house-wears that are made sustainably, ethically, and are likely to last. this often comes at a higher price point, but if you’ve done your research, that extra markup should go towards improving and maintaining the quality of the goods. at zero waste daniel all of our clothes are handmade in brooklyn from cutting room scraps that would otherwise go to landfill and become waste. we turn these pieces into comfortable, fashionable, unisex clothing that’s made for everyone to love, all while paying our employees fair wages for their amazing work.
4. buy loose leaf tea. often times you can find tea stores that sell un-packaged loose-leaf tea. get a reusable canister to hold, and refill. we love Arbor Tea, a company that carries all organic tea, in compostable packaging, available at Package Free.
5. think about smart swaps. for instance, a bamboo toothbrush instead of a regular one, because it’s compostable! taking a beat to think about the small things (like straws!) that you throw away, and choosing recyclable or compostable options instead can make a huge difference.