50 Easy Zero Waste Tips You Can Start Using Today

50 Easy Zero Waste Tips you can start using today

Everyone knows straws are bad and reusable bags are good, but what else should we know?

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Luckily reducing our carbon footprint is an easy reality in our modern world. With a few small switches and mindful motions, we can help save the planet. I've compiled a list of the 50 easiest and best tips for going zero waste, pick a couple of things and give them a try! Everyone starts somewhere and the small things add up!

Ask for no straw in your drink when out.

Always travel with a reusable straw and cutlery set.

Bring your own containers to restaurants for to-go food and leftovers.

Ugly food is edible food- reduce grocery store food waste by buying the ugly (but perfectly fine) produce.

Buy bulk foods without packaging or minimal packaging.

Commit to bringing your reusable bags, produce bags, and mason jars to the store. If you don't have them already, what are you waiting for?

Check out your local farmers market if you have one available to you.

Meal plan to avoid food waste.

Start a backyard compost or invest in a local composting service to reduce food waste.

Pack a daily lunch and snacks in a reusable lunchbox.

Reduce your meat consumption. If you're not ready to go vegetarian or vegan start small: try Meatless Monday, weekday vegetarian, or even weekday vegan.

Ask for a real mug at the coffee shop when staying in and bring your own to-go cup when getting to-go.

Keep a stocked pantry to avoid getting takeout on busy nights.

Swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush.

Ditch paper products by turning old sheets, t-shirts, and towels into handkerchiefs, rags, napkins, non-cotton rounds, and cloth produce bags.

Wash clothes when they are actually dirty, instead of after only one wear.

Look into making your own cosmetics, toiletries, and cleaning products. It’s shockingly cheap and easy and Pinterest is here is help.

For products you have trouble making or finding, Etsy has almost everything.

Use bar soap/shampoo/conditioner instead of liquid, it tends to come with less packaging.

Swap disposable pads and tampons for cloth pads or menstrual cup.

Change light bulbs to LEDs.

Unplug electronics when not in use.

Ditch plastic shower loofahs for a real loofah or a bamboo bath brush.

Always run a full dishwasher or load of clothes.

Look into tree-free TP.

Ditch plastic q-tips for plastic-free or reusable.

Ditch sponges for compostable scrubs or brushes.

Swap tea bags for loose leaf tea in a reusable strainer.

Switch from a plastic disposable razor to a metal safety razor.

Wash your clothes in cold water when you can.

Most sunscreen causes coral bleaching, look into coral friendly options!

Avoid junk mail by placing a sticker on your box or going to dmachoice.org

Go paperless for all your bills and receipts!

Shop and donate to second-hand stores.

Avoid impulse shopping and fast fashion.

Swap don't shop! Host a clothing swap with friends or ask to borrow clothing for specific events instead of buying new for a one time use.

Buy quality over quantity. Surround yourself with multipurpose objects that will last a lifetime so they only have to be purchased once

Ask for no plastic and reused packaging materials for online orders.

Look into reusable notebooks like Rocketbook's Wave

Learn where to properly dispose of items like gift cards, old cell phones, batteries and unusable cords. Most can be turned into best buy, etc.

Look into rechargeable batteries instead of disposables.

Always say no thank you to free promotional items. They tend to be cheap and break easily.

Don't leave your house without a full reusable water bottle.

Beware of greenwashing, always do your research.

If it's a 30 minute or less walk, get outside instead of driving.

Use your vote to help promote candidates that support a sustainable future.

Pick up litter when you're out and dispose of it properly.

Wrap presents in newspaper or ditch the wrapping altogether!

Take public transit if available or carpool.

Try to shrink the amount you recycle in addition to shrinking what you throw away. Zero waste is about recycling less not more.

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A comprehensive do-it-yourself guide to being the girl every guy wants.
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1. Smile all the time.

Guys want to be with girls who are always happy. Men get severely uncomfortable when all the women around them are not Cheshire cat level elated all the fucking time. Why are you mad? Why do you look so pissed? Are you defective? Autopilot your brain to borderline creepy giddiness before men get the idea that you might actually be capable of a full range of human emotion.

2. Be smart.

Men want women to be smart, but never smarter than them. Don’t know or say anything too much about anything specifically – except sports.

3. Eat like a man, look like a lady.

How many burgers can you fit in your mouth at once? Better, even, how many hotdogs? Have the appetite of a grizzly bear, but eat like a cute tiny rabbit, or Kate Upton faking an orgasm. Oh, and never, ever get above a size 4.

4. Play video games.

No guy can resist a girl who loves to play video games (in her underwear). Fifa, 2K, Smash, Kart – know them all. If you can’t at least beat his worst friend at his favorite game, you’re not a keeper.

5. Love beer.

If you can’t throw ‘em back like one of the guys, you’re not wifey. Yeah, that Norwegian IPA no one's ever fucking heard of? You got it. Bud Light? Sure. Fat Tire? You love that shit. Feel free to let out that beer burp while you’re at it, but the burp you’d imagine a Japanese dwarf squirrel would let out after eating rainbows. Oh, and don’t forget, size 4.

6. Be a freak, but also a nun.

We all know that lyric (thank you, Ludacris, so much). Hit those yoga poses hard because he wants you to bust that shit out like you’ve done it before. But you haven’t … right? Have you?!

7. Keep him on his toes.

No man wants a woman who is predictable and boring. Challenge him. Keep him intrigued. Drop an F bomb every now and then. Learn a foreign language in your spare time so that you might give the illusion of being exotic in bed (Slavic languages sound super sexy). Induce yourself into an epileptic seizure. Whatever it takes to keep it interesting.

8. Have quirks.

Ah, quirks. The things that make people unique. The things that make people, people. You must have at least three of these but no more than five. Think relatable Stepford Wife.

9. Be hot.

This is potentially the most important, and luckily I don’t need to tell you how this works. Look at anything. Anywhere. That ever existed.

10. Never, ever get mad.

The worst thing you can do as a woman is challenge a man’s authority. Don’t talk back. Don’t think. Don’t have expectations. Sit. Roll over. Hold the bark.

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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