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12 Cheap & Easy Tips for Reducing Your Waste – Sustainable Zero Waste Hacks

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We’re sharing a dozen cheap and easy tips to help beginners reduce their garbage output and transition to a low waste, or zero waste lifestyle. While you’re here, help Ecosia plant trees around the world by simply searching the internet: https://ecosia.co/alternatives

Our tips include things like avoiding plastic shopping and produce bags, using reusable glass or stainless steel food containers, coffee mugs, and water bottles. Doing a waste audit and researching what waste sorting options are available in your city or town (especially composting!!). Getting inspired by documentaries, bloggers, and Instagram accounts. Being a friendly activist and spreading the word about the importance of sustainable living, and reducing the amount of garbage we produce every day.

The following product links are for items that we purchased ourselves in case you’re interested in trying them out (no affiliate links and no sponsored items).

Spork from Life Without Plastic:

Stainless steel food containers from Onyx:

Mesh produce bags from Care Bags:

Abeego beeswax food wrap cloth:

Cloth bags: various sources

Stainless steel water bottle: gift with no brand name

Reusable coffee mugs, the silver one is from REI and the purple one is from Contigo (gifted to us by Kicking Horse Coffee):

Addicted to Plastic: http://www.crypticmoth.com/plastic.php
Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch:

Zero Waste Blogs:
Trash is for Tossers: http://trashisfortossers.com/
Zero Waste Home: https://zerowastehome.com/
PareDown Home: http://www.paredownhome.com/

Zero Waste Instagram Accounts:

Thank you to all of the people, stores, and restaurants who let us film inside their spaces, and who’ve helped us reduce our waste!!!

Nu Grocery zero waste grocery store

Bread By Us bakery

Bridgehead Coffee

Urban Juice Press

NousRire bulk buying group

Provigo grocery store

Sushi Shop

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle


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Music & Song Credits:
All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives.

Editing Credits:
Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives

Filming Credits:
Mat of Exploring Alternatives


amerikansk says:

This was very helpful, thank you 🙂

Bryce Blatnick says:

Awesome niceness to everyone who is curious or not about zero waste but always be nice and friendly….that helps more than anything!

chantellefashion says:

how inconvenient , but i'll try my best i'll start with the water bottle and glass containers

Bamaloo says:

My biggest issue is I love yoghurt but hate making my own I don't know what else to do except but it from the supermarket and recycle the container

Mackenzie Angeline says:

just getting educated on this topic but I'm already investing in some reusable items! can't wait to start this journey to save the planet 🙂

Vagrant Vegan Show says:

This is amazing! I would love to link your video after one of ours, is this allowed or ok??

Belkis Kapić says:

Hey Danielle, I liked your video very much, and since I've been already doing almost all of these tips for quite some time now, I just thought it'd be useful to share and suggest that you don't actually have to go all through your garbage. You can already have those separate containers prepared in your house/apartment, so the garbage doesn't mix. I always have a plastic bag in which I store the unavoidable plastic items right away after unpacking the products, the other one is a cheep paper bag for paper waste only, and a fabric bag for the glass waste since it gets really heavy over the time until it's full. So, whenever they're ready, I just empty them outside in the recycling containers near the building I live. Besides these three, there are also two more bins for unrecyclable waste, one for the kitchen, and the other one for toilet/bathroom.

Might sound as too much to some, but this way you skip the messy part and save your time.
Minimalistic lifestyle is not only about having less stuff, but also about spending less time on such trivial activities.

Keep the good work, wishing you the best !

kween kylie says:

ok yes im here for but now heres the gag. if I buy reusable bags for when I go grocery shooping/stores what will I use to line my trash containers, I reuse the plastic bags to line my trash containers from my room,bathroom etc, so if I go completely pastic bag free what will I use to line them now.

same with the big trashcan container for the kitchen (I dont use the reusable plastic bags here, theyre too small) I buy plastic bags for it

is there an alternative to this or no? 🙂

Preci Evy says:

Thank you for this! This is a great video. Best I've found so far.

Rebecca Schulist says:

Thank you for such a great video! 🙂 Shared!

Brooke Mauck says:

Where do you buy your tin containers? Im trying to use more tin over glass because the glass is very heavy.

TheTripstraps says:

i love her makeup free face:)), so fresh

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