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Zero waste tips

Every year my family is responsible for producing a small jar of garbage, and so are you! Discover a hundred tips to drastically reduce the waste in your home.
For "Zero waste" alternatives, please do your shopping at home or in a specialized shop. If you need product recommendations, please follow the links or visit the store.
Before you start :
Get a reusable water bottle, a few grocery bags, some cloth bags, containers and reusable bottles.

Zero waste in the kitchen :

  1. Alternatives to disposable products (paper towels, garbage bags, wax paper) are welcome : ) .
  2. Exchange paper towels for reusable rags.
  3. Replace sandwich bags with paper towels or stainless steel cans .
  4. Dispose of garbage bags (wet waste is compostable anyway).
  5. Buy in bulk or at the counter, bring reusable bags (dry products), jars (wet items such as meat, deli meats, fish, cheese, oil, peanut butter) and bottles (liquids: oil, soy sauce, shampoo, conditioner).
  6. If you can't find them in bulk, find a supplier (bring your jar to the ice cream store, a pillowcase to the bakery for your bread, or your bottles to the cellar/brewery) or make them (vinaigrette, hot sauce, jams, hummus, cookies, canned tomatoes).
  7. Do your shopping at the farmer's market: they will take back the egg cartons and berry baskets for reuse,your vegetables will probably have no plastic or stickers left.
  8. Invest in a pressure cooker (cuts cooking time in half).
  9. You can also ... Reuse paper printed on one side only for shopping and shopping list.
  10. Use the water from cleaning your salad to water the plants.

Zero waste in the bathroom :

    1. Use 100% recycled and unbleached toilet paper, individually wrapped in cardboard (buy it at your facility's supply store and save big) or, if you have solar power, you can install an electric sink on your toilet bowl.
    2. Use a natural alum stone or pure baking soda as a deodorant.
    3. Fill your shampoo and conditioner bottles in bulk. Or better yet, skip the conditioner and use the same solid soap you use on your face and body to wash your hair. If your hair is short, you can also wash your hair without damaging it: rinse it, massage in baking soda and then rinse with vinegar to make it shine. Instead of hairspray, use lemon water in a spray bottle. To increase the interval between washes, replace cornstarch with dry shampoo (bulk).
    4. For body and face, find a solid soap without a package. For exfoliation, use loose baking soda. For a mask, use bulk clays (French, kaolin, bentonite, etc...) mixed with water or apple cider vinegar.
    5. Use baking soda toothpaste in a spice mixer. Use a compostable wooden toothbrush.
    6. Reduce your cosmetics and consider homemade alternatives such as cocoa powder as a tanning powder and homemade balsam that works on eyes, lips, hair and nails. Instead of disposable feminine products, invest in a menstrual cup and reusable pads (the cup is personally all I need).
    7. All you need for your nails is a nail clipper, a stainless steel file and homemade ointment .
    8. Forget the cotton swabs, they're not good for you anyway.

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