How to Go Zero Waste

Live Zero Waste exists to support you in your journey to get to zero waste.  Below you'll find the "rules" and then all of our how-to posts, please read, comment, share, and request topics for us to write about!

Don't Make Waste

This one is pretty simple, waste is actually a shorthand for the whole production process. Each new item we buy has all kinds of extraction, transportation, and manufacturing in its past, this is unfortunately still true for recycling.  You'll be surprised at how differently you see the world tomorrow after trying not to make trash.

Keep Your Accidents

If you do make trash, don't sweat it!  The point is not to steep in guilt for a day, it's to build your awareness and give you the psychological tools you need to overcome the wasteful habits engrained in all of us. So collect whatever trash you make on your day and do a quick reflection at night, also send us a picture of it!

What Counts?

Anything new, so don't go buying a brand new compost bin to start off you zero waste lifestyle.  Like we said in the first rule zero waste is not really about trash, it's about resources.  Check out the tips below to find out some common friction points and get a little better understanding of what it means to be zero waste!

Important Articles on Zero Waste Living

The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Zero Waste Grocery Shopping
So you want to live zero waste and you’ve taken your pledge. Your first thought is, how am I going[...]
Hygiene and Cosmetics
Many products we use in our bathrooms every day either come packaged in plastic and/or contain microbeads, which are tiny[...]
How To Start Living Zero Waste Day One
The Rules: 1. Don't Make Waste ​This one is pretty simple, for your zero waste day you’re going to avoid[...]
Hour-by-Hour Guide to Going Zero Waste for Earth Day
Earth Day is right around the corner and it's the perfect time to give the zero waste lifestyle a try.[...]
Did you know you can make your own cleaning products? Vinegar and baking soda can be used to clean almost[...]
Everything You Need To Know To Go Zero Waste
This post is a living document please suggest things in the comments, think of this as our community's best advise,[...]
Eating Out
The simplest place to eat zero waste is at buffet settings at food co-ops or restaurants, however with proper preparation[...]
Some people don’t care about clothing at all and can wear the same thing everyday without batting an eye, while[...]

Other Projects To Help You

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Plastic Free July is an absolutely amazing place to look for zero waste alternatives. Definitely worth supporting.