Here are some general ideas for the Zero Waste Approach:
• Avoid receipts when out: Most places today have some form of digital receipts available. Asking for no or digital receipts saves a bit of paper each time. It can eventually add up to a considerable amount.
• Host clothing swap with friends/like minded folk: Instead of going shopping each time a change of clothing is required, try hosting a swap even with friends. The clothes can be exchanged temporarily or permanently, as agreed.
• Wash clothes in cold water: Washing clothes in cold water has multiple benefits. Make sure to check the fabric instructions, and if allowed use cold water. Here are some benefits – reduced energy usage (as no energy is required to heat the water up), decrease in microfiber pollution (clothes release microfibers in the water system; this pollutes water and can even pose risk to humans).
• Wrap gifts in newspapers: Instead of using new craft paper or gift wraps, try old newspapers for wrapping the gifts. It gives a retro look, and helps with reducing paper usage and decrease waste creation.
• Try to use rechargeable batteries: They work the same except once used, can be recharged. In comparison to use and throw batteries, rechargeable batteries use less electricity, are overall cheap and generate much less waste.
• Tree –free toilet paper: This paper may be made from agricultural residues, cordage wastes or fibre crops. This switch will help save the trees which have to be chopped down to make wood pulp.
• Unplug electronics when not in use: Set the power setting to low consumption mode and when not in use, unplug your electronics. This can save a great amount of energy, pollution and money, all in one move.