Create Your Zero Waste Home - Room by Room

A lot of us would like to live in a zero waste home; so many, in fact, that it has since become an entire lifestyle. If you want to produce no or very little trash, you must first and foremost avoid plastic, the most common type of waste and the most problematic. This is because plastic, unlike organic matter, does not decompose, and instead remains in the environment for centuries or even millennia.

Yet plastic is everywhere, so it's a major challenge to do without it. The wrapper from the candy you just ate is plastic waste. The book you bought last week is shrink-wrapped in plastic. The tea bag you brewed this morning has plastic in it. We humans produce garbage countless times a day, more than we realize. It is a part of our daily routine.

first steps toward a zero waste home

To make your home zero waste, the first thing you should do is take inventory of how much trash you produce per day, week or month. You will be surprised at how much it is.

Now go through your trash and write down the items of your daily life you can do without or substitute with eco-friendly materials. Every little bit helps. For example, I haven't eaten gum in years because not only the wrapper, but the gum itself is plastic.

Some things you will be able to give up easily, others will be a little more difficult. It's worth it, though, because a zero waste home is not only more eco-friendly, but also healthier for you and your loved ones (who wants to chew on plastic?).

Why should you make your home zero waste?

First of course, for environmental reasons. We humans produce 37.83 million tons of plastic waste every year in the US alone. Only 9% of it is recycled, the rest is incinerated or ends up in landfills and oceans. The US, like other developed countries, has made a habit of exporting most of its waste to Asia, thus to offload their problem on another country.

Plastic is also a toxic compound. Every time you are in your home, you breathe in the chemical fumes from plastic furniture, wallpaper and carpet. Your plastic water bottle gives off toxic chemicals like BPA and phthalates that you first breathe in and then drink. Every single food item is wrapped in plastic these days. There's microplastic in your shower gel, shampoo, and facial cleanser that gets into the ocean with every wash. Plastic also gets back into our bodies from the ocean because fish mistake the tiny plastic particles for food and eat them. Since microplastic acts like a sponge, it attracts and binds all the toxins from the ocean. So when we eat the fish, we are also eating lots of toxins and heavy metals, packed in plastic (a recent study found microplastic in the human body).

Create your zero waste home - room by room, step by step

Did you know that some Zero Waste people produce no more than one jar of waste in an entire year? That's incredibly disciplined and not easy to accomplish. Especially if you're new to the Zero Waste lifestyle, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. But if you change a few things you can already make a big difference - for the environment and for your own body and health. In the following, I will give you tips on how you can zero waste your home with simple means - room by room, step by step. Get started now! :-)

zero waste Kitchen

If there is any place in your home where you should start with your zero waste journey, it's the kitchen. Why? Because plastic is particularly harmful to our health when it comes into contact with food. 

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Bathrooms are usually overflowing with plastic, so cleaning up here can really pay off. My 2 posts plastic-free bathroom and zero waste bathroom show you all the benefits of being eco-conscious and zero waste. 

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plastic-free Baby

We only want the best for our little ones but many products contain chemical additives and unhealthy ingredients. In this post, we'll devote some time to natural hair care for your toddler.

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Plastic-Free On a Budget

Being plastic-free also works on a budget. It might take a bit longer, but you can replace one product after another, step by step, as your wallet allows. I show you how you can get creative here and here.

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Garden party

The next garden party is sure to come. I've collected some ideas on how you can turn a plastic-polluting party into an eco-friendly, zero waste one.

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Declutter your home

Ever heard of the 4R method? It is an excellent way of decluttering your home and could make it easier for you to take the first step into a plastic-free lifestyle!

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What zero waste means

What does zero waste really mean? Who (and what) can be zero waste and how does it look like in practice? If you don't know where to start, this beginner's guide will answer your questions.

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How to go plastic-free

There’s no better time than now to launch into the plastic-free lifestyle. But, where to start? If you feel overwhelmed, here are 3 simple tips on how to go plastic-free.

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Zero Waste Stores

I've collected a list of the top 7 plastic-free stores (both online and offline) across the UK and the US for you here.

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Plastic-Free July

Join the global movement that rejects disposable plastic for a month (and beyond?) with these easy-to-adopt plastic-free July activities.

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Want to make your home toxin-free, healthy and sustainable, too, but not sure where to start?

If you want to make your home toxic-free, healthy and safe for you and your children but aren't sure where to start, I'd love to help you! Email me on or click here. In the meantime, check out my blog post about my Zero-Waste Coaching, here!

Want to go plastic-free but don't know where to start? Feeling overwhelmed? Then get Your Weekly Planner  Plastic-Free Through The Year - Week by week to a life without plastic.

The planner is undated, so you can start at any time. You will learn why it is important to reduce plastic in your daily life, you will get ideas for things you can replace right away, without spending much money. You will even learn to make your own household or bathroom products with just a few ingredients.

This planner will accompany you for a whole year! Get it now and start your plastic-free journey!

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