Tips on Transitioning to Zero waste

There’s a growing awareness in Australia that, as a society, we need to rethink how we approach waste and find creative ways to reduce individual household waste.  Here are some ways you can easily and simply reduce your ‘personal footprint’ by tweaking a few of your daily and weekly routines.

  1. Plan your meals and shopping list so you don’t buy or cook too much- Aussie households throw away 20% of their weekly food shop each week.
  2. Check your fridge and pantry- to avoid doubling up when you go shopping, be aware of use-by dates and don’t forget the leftovers you have hiding up the back.
  3. Get creative with leftovers- add a fried egg for breakfast or take them for lunch the next day with some extra greens.
  4. Give scraps a new life- make juice pulp muffins, kale stalk stir-fry, carrot top pesto, coffee ground body scrub, or stock/broth with your kitchen scraps.
  5. Use the whole vegetable- stalks, outer leaves, skins and tops often get tossed when they’re perfectly edible, delicious and nutritious.
  6. Compost your food waste- organic material makes up 40% of our landfill when it food waste rots in landfill, it emits methane, a greenhouse gas. Some councils allow you to put compost in your green kerbside bin.
  7. Freeze it! If your fruit or vege is starting to look sad chop it up and put it in the freezer. Perfect for adding to smoothies or bulking out stews.
  8. Use all your produce before it spoils- a good way to do this is to make a sad vegetable ratatouille or stewed fruit at the end of the week. When food is wasted we also waste the precious resources that went into producing it - water, nutrients, land.
  9. Make it yourself! You can minimize waste (and save money) by making your own almond milk, muesli, hummus, raw chocolate etc
  10. Refuse single use packaging and bring your own! Say “no” to disposable products and bring your own keepcup, mason jar, cutlery, stainless steal straw or cloth bag.
  11. Repurpose- used your old sauerkraut jar for your chia pudding, or to store your bulk buys.
  12.  Refuse soft plastics like plastic shopping bags, bread bag and pasta packets by refusing single use plastic. These items cannot be disposed of in kerbside recycling but CAN be recycled in special REDcycle bins located at some supermarkets.
  13. Don’t buy bottled water; it’s bad for the planted, your health and your bank balance.
  14. Vote with your wallet by supporting the business that are doing the right thing