If you have read our previous blog posts, you must have realized our affinity towards a trash-free life. However, it can be a little intimidating and confusing as to where one should begin. The transition to a trash-free life might seem like a difficult one, but with the right tools and ideas, you can!
Karmic Seed has listed down different ways in which you can be a part of the change.
Plastic, be gone
Like we mentioned in our article for plastic-free childhood, it is important to make use of the existing items of plastic in your household so you don’t find the need to depend on more plastic items or throw out the existing ones. Plastic bottles and bowls can be used to grow plants in. Food containers made out of plastic can be used to store jewellery or makeup items. Plastic bags can be used to wrap shoes in. Finding an alternative use for the existing plastic items can help you make the first step.
Once you have emptied out all the plastic from your kitchen, start replacing them with better materials like glass, wood or steel. Glass and steel are sustainable in the long run and great for storing cold or hot foods. Wood is a non-toxic material and doesn’t contribute to hazardous waste. Coconut bowls and areca plates are made out of agricultural waste and make for a great alternative as well. Each time you go shopping at the grocery store, make sure to buy ingredients that are not sold in plastic bags or containers. If you can’t seem to find any, go to your nearby farmers market or start growing your own produce step-by-step. Your kitchen will thank you for it!
A stitch in time can fix your life
When you go to the supermarket, do you find yourself collecting way too many plastics bags? Not to worry, we have a solution. Carry your own cloth bag instead. All you need to do is find some of the old clothing items that you don’t wear anymore and cut off the fabric to sew your own bag. Check out this website, to learn how to make your own. Its super easy and you can make them of different sizes depending on your needs. For each cloth bag you carry, you save yourself and your house from at least three plastic bags!
Compostable Trash bags
These are quite different from the biodegradable trash bags. The disposal method of biodegradable bags is very unclear and the majority of them still end up in landfills without the required temperature to fully decompose. However compostable trash bags have a more systematic method of disposal via compost facilities. All you need to do is find a compost facility near you! Compostable trash bags are great when you have kitchen waste, plant waste or any other kind of waste that is biodegradable.
Compost bins are a great alternative for the conventional dustbins which do nothing for the nutrient-filled kitchen waste. Check out this compost bin made from bamboo fibres and with a replaceable charcoal filter to absorb odour. Compost bins help break down the organic trash and you could use this as fertilizer for your garden or potted plants. You could also bury them in the land around you to add nutrient value to the soil!
The transition to a zero waste life isn’t easy but no good thing comes easy, does it? We hope these trash accessories help you out!