Adopting a zero-waste lifestyle can start with a simple step that you can apply at home. Something like changing your household or daily items with reusable ones or reusing some items in your house. Here’s a simple guide for you.

1. Glass Jar or Container Cans


Glass jas is a very useful item and can be reused for so many purposes. From storing your dry foods, frozen foods, to desk and bathroom containers. The same goes for containers cans like from coffee. To make it more interesting, you can even decorate your jar lid or container cans. You can also buy reusable containers, such as tiffins and glass or can lunchbox to store your leftover foods or whatever you need to store there. These jars actually have no limitation on what it can be useful as reusable small storage.

2. Food wraps

Food wraps are the best item to carry your food from grocery stores. Usually made cotton fabric and covered with a plastic layer to carry bread or bulk products like eggs and fruits. It’s not plastic-free, but washable, so definitely reusable. Food wraps also come in beeswax, but it’s not machine washable and you need to wash them by hand instead. Yet, it still reusable. FYI, you can also make the foo wraps using your unused clean fabric.

3. Menstrual cup

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A menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene device that is inserted into the vagina during menstruation. Its purpose is to collect menstrual fluid (blood from uterine lining) and prevent its leaking onto clothes. Menstrual cups are usually made of flexible medical grade silicone and shaped like a bell with a stem. The stem is used for insertion and removal. The bell-shaped cup seals against the vaginal wall just below the cervix. Every 4–12 hours (depending on the amount of flow), the cup is removed, emptied, rinsed, and reinserted. After each period, the cup requires cleaning. Unlike tampons and pads, cups collect menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it.[2][3] One cup may be reusable for up to 10 years.

4. Bottles or jugs

Plastic jugs or bottles are surely harming to the environment. But, those items are still reusable and very useful to support the zero-waste lifestyle. You can reuse plastic containers into useful household items, such as food bins, scoops, broom, to a bird feeder. In addition, it’s always the right time to minimize our use of plastic bottles as much as we can and start the habit of using reusable tumblers.

5. Bathroom tools

Your old toothbrush can be reused as a brusher to reach places like underneath the fixtures on faucets. Or, you can also use it as your eyebrow brush or hair color applicator by cleaning it thoroughly before reusing it. Meanwhile, changing your usual toothbrush with eco-friendly ones can also support the zero-waste lifestyle.

6. Clothes or towels

Don’t throw away old clothes, towels, or ripped bedding. You can reuse those items for several purposes, such as decorations, cleaning napkin, or other creative things you can make with your kids. Those old clothes can also be reused for grocery bags. Just make sure to wash them before you reuse it for another purpose.


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