I remember I had a bunch of old hand-me-down Tupperware containers I used for lunches and leftovers. But that was the extent of my eco-consciousness. Which, if I’m honest was more about convenience than caring for the planet.
So, with my gradual awakening, small habits started to form around replacing single-use with reusables.
The first thing I did was order reusable coffee cups and water bottles from Biome – the only planet-friendly store back then.
Then Dave suggested starting a compost. We began taking reusable bags to the grocery store. I finally ditched the cling wrap and invested in some wax wraps. All these small sustainable swaps, one at a time that snowballed to become the lifestyle we live now.
Perfect zero-waste living doesn’t actually exist
I still create waste and often use single-use products. But I am far more conscious of the waste I’m creating and try to opt for reusables where I can.
The fact is, every product we buy – disposable or reusable – leaves a mark on the world. No matter how it was made or how many times it’s designed to be used.
Living low waste doesn’t mean we won’t produce waste.
Living low waste means using what we already have and taking a moment to consider if we really need something before buying it. And when we do need something, purchasing with intention. Identifying the areas of our lives where we could invest in a reusable versus the disposable option – and keep using them for many years to come.
So, if you’re ready to start making some sustainable swaps, this is a good place to start. I’m sharing my best investments from almost ten years of trying and testing all sorts of reusables.
Here are 9 things I no longer buy, thanks to living low-waste