Zero Waste Challenge #7: Start a Compost

Composting always reminds me of my grandmother. She had a bucket with a red lid in a corner of her kitchen and she’d throw her food scraps in there. Once it was full, she’d toss it into the big compost pile in her garden, keeping her kitchen waste to a minimum.

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Zero Waste Challenge #6: Find a To-Go Cup Alternative

Pre-Covid I refuelled with coffee in my reusable cup practically every day. Now that I’m working from home, I drink less coffee and virtually never drink takeaway coffee. On the odd occasion I do, I’m sometimes not allowed to use my cup or, even more frustratingly, baristas will make the coffee in a takeaway cup before pouring it into my cup.

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Zero Waste Challenge #5: No More Plastic Grocery Bags

This is one I’ve been doing for a long time. I have several reusable bags in the boot of my car and have been using them for years. However, it’s important to note that it requires more energy and creates more emissions to make reusable bags than it does plastic ones; so once you purchase reusable alternatives, use them for as long as you can. They’re generally durable and long-lasting, making them more eco-friendly provided you use them for years.

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Zero Waste Challenge #4: Avoid Plastic Bags and Wraps

Plastic bags and wraps are practically unavoidable, but there are ways to cut down on them significantly. As much as possible, I buy loose fruit and vegetables. My mom made mesh bags for me that I use when I go shopping. It also means I can buy only what I need instead of buying too much and watching food go to waste.

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