How To Start and Keep Your Zero Waste Goals in 2022

How To Start and Keep Your Zero Waste Goals in 2022

 

 Zero waste living is a journey. Many of us may think that going zero waste means replacing your old non zero waste products and other stuff with new ones that are more ‘sustainable’. Well, yes, it does help and that's part of the idea, however the whole idea of living a zero waste lifestyle goes BEYOND more than just that. It should be part of your everyday life— what you eat, what you use, what you buy, wherever you go. It’s a way of life, hence lifestyle.

 

The ‘ZERO’ in zero waste suggests eliminating all household trash and sending NOTHING AT ALL to landfills. But to be honest, when you put it that way, it’s intimidating. It’s not achievable and most zero waste advocates agree that that’s close to impossible. 

 

Especially when you’re just starting, because like any other journey, starting your zero waste journey is hard and maintaining this lifestyle is even harder.

 

Start your Zero Waste lifestyle this 2022 and keep your zero waste goals with these tips for zero waste living!

How To Start and Keep Your Zero Waste Goals in 2022

Going zero waste doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a whole journey. And I understand that it’s intimidating at first, but to help you begin, here’s how to start living zero waste! 

How to go zero waste this 2022:

Like I said, it’s not gonna be a walk in the park. So first, you need to understand the main principles for Zero Waste living, the 5 R’son how to start a Zero Waste lifestyle. Here’s what Bea Johnson, an activist shares in her book Zero Waste Home:

 

    1. Refuse. Learn how to say ‘NO’ to things you don’t really need. Prevent unwanted items from coming into your home by refusing items you don’t use and need with a clear reasoning. 
    2. Reduce. I think it’s self explanatory. Reduce your consumption of things that you do use. It means less waste in general.
  • Reuse. If you can extend the lifespan of something, why not? You don’t always have to throw these things away immediately without even trying to fix them or repairing them. Or if you don't have use for them anymore, you can hand them down, or donate.
  • Recycle. Recycling helps save resources from being thrown into waste, but always be mindful of the materials because some items don’t have long lifespans.
  • Rot. Make your own compost and let food scraps, cardboard, yard leaves etc break down naturally.


  • Now that you understand the basics to starting a Zero Waste lifestyle, let’s move to how to make Zero Waste living achievable for you.

     

    1. Start with very small steps.

    To be honest, starting a Zero Waste lifestyle will not be easy at the beginning but is there anything that is easy at first? It is never easy to change an old habit. 

     

    In order for you to change an old habit, it is said that it will take you at least 21 days. 

    So take it easy and take small steps. No matter how much you want it, patience will help you ease into it smoothly.

     

    It might be helpful to keep a zero-waste journal so you can track your progress and list down helpful zero-waste ideas.

     

    Try these frugal tips for zero waste living at home:

     

     

    1. One step at a time.

    Remember, going zero waste is a journey. It doesn’t happen overnight. Trying to accomplish everything in one big lunge will not only make it overwhelming for you, but also so much harder.

     

    You’re not in a hurry. Take one step at a time. Try these steps:

     

    1. Understand the whole idea of Zero Waste and what it means for you, and the EARTH.
    2. Be aware of the problems, and find solutions.
    3. Take the necessary steps to start at home like:
      1. Ditching plastic packaging or plastic in general, (especially single use items).
      2. Eliminating disposable items.
      3. Minimizing food waste.
      4. Setting up a compost bin/pit.
      5. Switch to compostable items and products.
      6. Buy in bulk.
      7. Avoid plastic bottles (even though they’re reusable); glass or metal water bottles or containers are better.
      8. Recycle.
    4. Again, be patient.
    5. Continue to educate yourself through the journey.
    6. Change habits, even outside your home (again, one step at a time)
    7. You’re not alone in this fight. Seek out for like minded people when you feel discouraged about trying to make a difference. 
    8. Participate in organizations or your local zero waste community in encouraging other people (also businesses like restaurants) to go for sustainability.

     

    That looks like a lot of steps to take in, but then again, I can’t stress this enough, be patient and take these steps one at a time, little by little. You’ll still get there.

    1. Make it easy.

    Obviously, if things are easy for you to do, it’s also easier for you to continue on. And that also applies in Zero Waste living. You can always find easier solutions.

     

    Take for example, making DIY products like a natural disinfectant from vinegar so you don’t have to buy one. Or maybe a mouthwash or toothpaste. Of course, you don’t want to formulate a toothpaste yourself, so why not find an easier alternative like a baking soda?

     

    Why do things the hard way, if you can make things easy for you, right? That will also make this Zero Waste lifestyle you’re going for go smoothly.

    1. Consistency is key.

    Day- by- day, step- by- step, you’ll find your habits changing. Now, what you just need to do is be consistent with this. Because like any other goals, consistency is key to achieving a Zero Waste lifestyle. After all, you’re not just trying this out for a week. You want this to be your way of living. 

    1. Be passionate.

    When you love what you do, and you’re willing to do all these because YOU WANT TO and not just because you feel obligated, it’s so much easier. Every effort comes out more naturally. You’re more motivated to keep on going. This mindset will help you go on and keep your Zero Waste goals for a loooong time. Maybe even forever.

    1. Get the kids involved.

     

    Ultimately, Zero waste living starts at home. 

     

     Going zero waste does have a positive impact on the environment. But aside from that, this lifestyle also has its benefits and impact on a person’s well being and on a family. It could save a lot of money, and also encourage the kids and make them understand the impact of too much trash on the environment, and how they can help even at a young age.

     

    It’s also important that you educate them, tell them all they need to know about its importance so they carry it out, even in different settings like school, outings, and as they grow.

     

    After all, “Children are our future… and the planet’s.”



    Generating absolutely no waste is close to impossible. That’s why it’s important to have a more achievable goal, and that is to get as close to ZERO as you can. Though it may look differently for everybody, everyone can participate in helping on any level they can. You can help in any way YOU CAN. 

     

    Welcome your zero waste lifestyle journey starting this 2022. And make it possible!


    After all, “Children are our future… and the planet’s.”



    Generating absolutely no waste is close to impossible. That’s why it’s important to have a more achievable goal, and that is to get as close to ZERO as you can. Though it may look differently for everybody, everyone can participate in helping on any level they can. You can help in any way YOU CAN. 


    Welcome your zero waste lifestyle journey starting this 2022. And make it possible!