Difficult not to succumb to temptation? Here are some tips for reducing your daily consumption:
- protect yourself from advertising: put a “Stop advertising” sticker on your mailbox, unsubscribe from newsletters, spend less time on the internet, social networks or watching television
- make a wish list: write down your wishes with their date on a piece of paper then come back to them 15 days later (often, there is little left!)
- consider other options than purchasing: rental, loan, barter, donation, etc
Know that postponing a purchase means doing 50% of the work. The more you get into the habit of asking yourself these questions, the more you will question your consumption.
The 5 R rule to reduce household waste
To reduce your waste, here is another equally effective method: the 5 R rule. This rule must respect the order of priority, from top to bottom:
- Return to the earth
Give back to the earth with the 5R ruleRefusing what you don’t need is the first thing to do to produce less waste. It’s pretty simple and will happen a lot more often than you think. Start by refusing all single-use products: plastic bags, plastic straws, disposable tableware, stirrers, trays of prepared meals, etc. Also refuse receipts, leaflets, advertisements, goodies, etc.
Reducing what you need but can’t refuse is the second step to take. This involves reducing food waste (the source of 10% of waste), disposable packaging, energy consumption, but also buying less and taking care of your belongings. To do this, buy in bulk, local products and second-hand products as much as possible. Think about platforms for second-hand purchases. To buy fresh local products, particularly fruits and vegetables, you can find out about the producer stores near you. Reduce your consumption of bottled water to significantly reduce your plastic waste. To purify water, there are several solutions such as activated bamboo carbon or ceramic beads. Finally, barter, give and share when you can.
Reusing what you consume and which you cannot refuse or reduce. For this third step, it is about everything that can have a second life. So, choose fabric bags, reuse your glass containers or the boxes from your packages, etc. You can try your hand at upcycling: transforming a material into a useful object. To reduce waste, you also need to think about repairing: clothes or electronic devices, for example.
Recycling what you cannot refuse, reduce or reuse. Fourth step, and yet it’s the one that everyone thinks of first. Recycling is not the best thing to do for the planet; the ideal is in fact not to produce waste. Recycling should be the last resort. To sort your waste correctly, find out about the sorting instructions specific to your place of residence.
Returning to the earth what can be returned, namely organic waste: fruits, vegetables, wood, leaves and herbs. The ideal is to have a compost at home for all this compostable waste. For those who are lucky enough to have a garden, follow this guide to making your own compost: how to make it, where to buy it, what to put in your composter, the right location, how to do it successfully, etc. For those who don’t have an exterior, you can opt for a worm composter that can be placed indoors. For green waste, you can put it in your compost or in the recycling center. Also, check with your community to find out if it has adopted the separate collection of bio-waste (food and plant waste).
How to move towards Zero Waste
Zero Waste cooking and zero waste
The kitchen is one of the rooms in the house where we produce the most waste. To reduce them, there are several so-called Zero Waste objects, in other words durable and reusable. In addition to being more ecological, they are also more economical.
To get started, you can reduce your shopping waste:
- use reusable fabric bags for bulk produce or fruits and vegetables
- at home, put the bulk in reused glass jars
- bring your bread bag directly to the bakery
- buy fresh produce (cheese, meat or fish) by the cut and bring your own container
When you cook, don’t waste anything:
- transform your leftovers: for example, you can prepare a savory cake or a vegetable quiche from the day before
- use your vegetable peelings to make chips, broth, carrot top soup, etc
- choose utensils made of beech (or other wood) rather than plastic
- choose stainless steel, bamboo or reed straws rather than plastic ones
- filter water with activated bamboo charcoal or ceramic beads to avoid bottled water
- use reusable paper towels
- cover your food or dishes with beewrap, a reusable beeswax food film that you can make yourself
- make your own dishwashing liquid or dishwasher tablets
- make a tawashi or opt for a washable sponge or one made from renewable and biodegradable fibers
When you eat outside, take your lunch box with you to avoid taking containers offered for take-out. Also take bamboo cutlery and your stainless steel water bottle with you.
The daily Zero Waste bathroom
The bathroom is not left out! Whether for hygiene products or household products, it is a room where a lot of waste is produced.
To successfully move towards a Zero Waste bathroom, you can use several techniques such as:
- wash your body with a solid soap: cold process or baby soaps from the APO brand, traditional Marseille soap
- wash your hair with a solid shampoo: at La Fourche, we offer those from the Secrets de Provence brand, the Pachamamaï brand or the Avril brand
Other essentials in your bathroom are being transformed into an eco-responsible form: washable cotton pads, fabric handkerchiefs and even oriculis. And some brands also provide you with reusable containers for your household products.
All these small Zero Waste actions will ultimately have a big impact on the amount of waste you generate on a daily basis.