Want to move towards a more zero waste lifestyle: there has never been a better time to make it.
We are constantly consuming and disposing bits of plastic, often without a thought for the devastating environmental effects.
Has the impact of this churn of disposables started to hit home for you? It has for us, as has our role in it.
If you want to make a quick, impactful difference, it’s time to cut out the daily single-use throwaways.
It’s easier than you think to go plastic free.
All you need is to get organised and keep a few low waste, reusable essentials with you when you go out.
It’s time to move away from plastic, people.
Let us know what’s a zero waste essential for you and your favourite brands in the comments below!
7 Essentials For Your Zero Waste Kit
These are the the zero waste items you will soon be unable to live without.
Having these practical, reusable and eco friendly staples on hand will mean you never have to resort to single use plastic when you’re out on the go. Goodbye plastic pollution!
1. Reusable coffee cups
Don’t panic, giving up single-use coffee cups does not mean giving up the morning latte as well.
Each disposable cup can take a terrifying 30 years to decompose.
That’s a long time compared to that single five minute caffeine fix.
So, you’ll need a reusable coffee cup.
2. Plastic free lunch boxes
Whether you want to take out a picnic or whether you’re heading into the office, a plastic free lunch box will soon be a zero waste essential.
It’s not only better for the environment but cheaper (and healthier if you’re trying to watch what you eat).
3. Reusable cutlery
You’ll need a set of reusable cutlery to go with your smart new lunch box.
This is the zero waste swap to the cheap plastic fork that breaks on the first bite, or the bendy white knife that doesn’t actually do anything.
These take years to break down once you’ve thrown them in the bin and they’re not necessary.
4. Zero waste foldable chopsticks
What if you need some sustainable sushi on the run? Having your own zero waste chopsticks is the plastic free way forward.
While wooden chopsticks are better than plastic, they still have to be made, transported, and stored, only to end up in the bin after you’ve scoffed your California rolls.
This foldable set make an awesome addition to your bag’s zero waste kit.
5. Plastic free water bottles
Don’t be part of the insane plastic bottle problem – globally we go through a billion a day, all because we’re disorganised.
A stainless steel one will last longer than plastic and is BPA free. We love Dopper bottles for their clever cup lid or these pretty ones from Ohelo. Both keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for 12.
6. Reusable straws
Reusable straws are a must have for the zero waste kit.
200 years is how long it takes for each plastic straw to break down. Yes, they have technically been banned (yay) in some places but some of the soggy paper substitutes are not totally innocent either.
If you’re non plussed, ditch them all together. If you’re a straw fan, swap to metal or bamboo ones. These metal straws come in a range of sizes for all glasses.
7. Sustainable tote bags
More and more of us pack cotton or reusable bags when we go out without even thinking. And that’s where we’d like to get with all of the above items.