Top Five Zero Waste Changes That You Should Consider Making
I regularly find myself trying to make changes to my daily life which are more eco-friendly and earth-conscious. Being a vegan, I always make sure that whatever I am doing, I am trying my absolute best to avoid increasing my carbon footprint. This isn’t to say I’m in any way perfect, living life gently can be a real challenge, but just being aware of your impact is a great first step!
I feel that I am not alone when it comes to this way of thinking. With the number of people choosing a vegan diet nowadays and a global increase in interest when it comes to saving our planet, I thought this blog post would be an important one to share.
So here are my top five zero waste changes for you to consider making:
- Use a Reusable Water Bottle.
- Choose Glass Containers Over Plastic
- Pack reusable grocery and shopping bags
- Make Food from Scratch
- Try Going Vegan!
Use a Reusable Water Bottle
For those who know me or that follow Vitally Vegan on Instagram, you’ll be aware that I love working out. It keeps my body healthy and energises me for the entire day. When I exercise, I always make sure to have my trusty reusable water bottle by my side.
Did you know that in the UK alone, we throw away around 295 billion pieces of plastic waste each and every year?
If I bought a new plastic water bottle every time I worked out, I would be contributing to this figure massively. This is one really simple and easy way to cut down on your plastic waste instantly.
Also, talking about this issue from a financial standpoint, it is a lot cheaper to purchase a simple reusable water bottle than a load of plastic, non-disposable ones.
Choose Glass Containers Over Plastic
This is a rule I live by and one that I try to incorporate into Vitally Vegan as a brand. When you purchase a starter pack for my plant-based protein powder, you will find that it comes along with a glass protein jar for you to store it in. When I was creating Vitally Vegan, I found that many other companies used large plastic bags or containers, even though they were marketing a completely vegan product. All of my proteins come in a brown, recyclable and compostable bag, packed in cardboard with wood wool. Even the stickers are compostable!
In everyday life, I always aim to choose glass over plastic. Glass lasts longer, can be disposed of easier and doesn’t harm the environment in the same way that plastic does. I would highly recommend you trying this zero waste hack in the future.
Reusable Grocery and Shopping Bags
Since the 5th of October 2015, this zero waste top tip has been adopted by the majority of people. Back in 2015, the charge for plastic bags came into effect. If you went to your local supermarket, like Asda, Sainsburys or Waitrose, you would have found that you would be charged 5p per plastic bag that you required.
This is when reusable grocery and shopping bags started being used regularly. Whenever I go to the shop, I always make sure that I have enough fabric bags with me that I can grab and put my shopping in. It's a simple, zero waste change that you can make, but it’s really effective.
Did you know that it takes a regular plastic bag 10-20 years to decompose in a landfill? Whilst it might seem like only a small change, it can really make a big difference if everyone started bringing their own bags to the shops.
Make Food From Scratch
Again, this is another tip that I find myself using more and more, especially whilst being in lockdown. Making stuff from scratch is not only healthier but is also a lot better for the environment.
When making meals and treats from scratch, you are in control of what goes into the recipe, therefore it is much healthier. There will be no hidden ingredients and it can be a really rewarding experience.
It can take a little longer and sometimes, it’s easier to side with convenience. But taking some extra time to make food healthier and save the environment in the process truly is a great way to start reducing your carbon footprint.
Try Going Vegan!
Of course, this has to make the list of the top five zero waste changes to make. Being vegan is a great way to save the environment and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.
By replacing meat with vegan sources of protein such as seeds, nuts, lentils, beans and protein powder, you can actually reduce your carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions.
In the future, I will definitely write a blog post all about where you should start if you want to become a vegan but for now, my top advice is to start small. Change out your cow’s milk for oat, almond or coconut milk. Try to reduce the amount of meat and dairy products you consume, starting small will have a bigger impact on the planet than trying nothing at all.