Zero-waste Home Challenge
- Wardrobe Party: – Go through the collection of clothes and sort out items that you have not worn for at least a year. Pack them up and have a swap meet with your friends! Do not open the bags and just swap them. Surprises are more entertaining!
- Wardrobe Donations: – After going through the items that you definitely are not going to wear again, you can drop off the donations to your nearest donation centre.
- Personal Hygiene: – Instead of plastic toothbrushes and shavers, did you know that there are zero-waste alternatives? Look for bamboo toothbrushes and metal razors for shavers.
- House Cleaning Solution: – There are so many dangerous chemicals in so many of the common cleaning agents. Did you know that you can make a simple, but effective cleaning agent with vinegar and some essential oils too?
- Cleaning Towels: – Try to reduce the usage of paper towels. After going through your closet, there usually is a stack of very old towels or shirts lying around. Why not cut these up and turn them into cleaning or drying towels?
- Fridge Fears: – Remember the common habit of constantly replacing foods and items that are finished? Why not wait till the refrigerator is completely empty before replenishing supplies? Take less trips to the supermarket can help reduce car emissions.
- Snail Mail: – There is nothing wrong with writing and receiving letters as memories. But, junk mails is exactly that, junk! So reduce this junk mail by putting up a sign to let them know.
- Light it up: – Try switching the incandescent light bulbs in your home instead into long lasting LED ones to save electricity.
It is not too late to start adding a couple ways to begin your January zero-waste challenge. At a later blog post, we can start focusing on our community.
18 thoughts on “Zero-waste January Challenge”
I love your tips for a zero waste January. I was not aware that there are bamboo toothbrushes. I try to be a green person as much as I can. I use cloth towels for cleaning. I also make veggie wash with vinegar and baking soda.
Fab post! I’ve already started going through my clothes this month to see what I no longer wear and can be donated.
Will continue this weekend and hopefully have a good bundle.
Shona Marie xo
Great post, some brilliant tips! 🙂 I always try to use up all the food in my fridge/freezer before doing another big shop at the supermarket!
These are awesome ways to reduce waste! I always try to reduce waste wherever I can.
I love your idea of reusing and repurposing the old clothes as cleaning rags!
I love this post! I really need to turn some of my old towels into ‘cotton pads’ as I manage to get through so many! xx
Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m also on a quest to reduce waste. Most of my beauty products now are zero waste, 100% natural. Love your ideas.
Great tips! I’ve recently started using bamboo toothbrushes and either paper or bamboo cotton buds, and always bring my tote bags for shopping!
Great post! I have actually never heard of a Wardrobe Party but that sounds really fun to do with your group of friends! ????
I can envision the planning now lol…
Really interesting post! Waste reduction is so important!
Love these tips, we should all try to reduce waste any way that we can x
I never knew there were bamboo toothbrushes. I’m going to have to keep my eyes open for those. I use all the socks that the mates disappear for cleaning cloths. I probably have 200 of them in bags in my laundry room that have no mates anymore or holes in. I’ve not bought paper towels for the last 3 years.
I’ve also used LED lights for years now as well. I do with they lasted a little longer than they do though. I can’t afford to keep buying them when I have to change them out every 3 to 6 months. They are supposed to last a lot longer but for some reason, they never do.
This is a really good resource to have. I actually recently purchased so much plastic. Glad to know where to get alternatives now!
I am doing another year without shopping to prevent more stuff from entering the house but I am sure there’s lots of stuff already in that can go.
Books are my Achilles heel, but slowly letting go of some 😉
Karen | https://OurCarpeDiem.com
You have some nice tips.
Great ideas here!!
Thanks for a wonderful and informative post! It’s so important that we all reduce the amount of waste we produce, so it’s always great to learn new tips and tricks!
The bamboo toothbrushes are interesting!