Going zero-waste really just means making a bunch of small switches in your daily routines to produce a little less waste every day. The good news is that most of these switches are easy and totally painless! Admittedly, there were changes that I had trouble implementing and some I occasionally still struggle with (*cough* switching to a shampoo bar *cough*), but all in all the transition to creating less waste was simple.
To show just how easy and impactful small changes can be I am going to be showcasing a simple switch every month that you can incorporate into your everyday life.
This month’s simple switch is: Plastic Shopping Bags for Reusable Cloth Bags
In the past few years, there have been many laws enacted to restrict, tax, and in some cases ban, the use of plastic shopping bags. So far in the U.S. some cities have banned the bag, but overall not much has changed and it seems that the majority of people still use plastic bags without a second thought. I mean they give them out for free, so why wouldn’t you take advantage of that, right? (The reason you shouldn’t take advantage of that is because it’s terrible for the earth.)
Luckily, the switch is easy. Simply buy a reusable bag and keep it in your car or by your front door so that it is handy to grab when you go shopping. I have multiple large canvas bags that I’ve picked up in secondhand shops over the years. These bags are more durable than their plastic counterparts, which means you can fit a lot more stuff inside of them. Plus, they look a million times cuter than plastic bags do.