How to get started!

Your plastic free journey can seem daunting and confusing, where do you actually start?? I didn’t go plastic free straight away, I couldn’t because single-use plastic was in every room of my house and always part of my shopping habits. I didn’t want to fall at the first hurdle but I did want to make serious inroads but how?!

Planning and thinking. As with anything we undertake, it’s really useful to get to know how to do it by taking steps. Sounds simple I know but it’s meant to! I was lucky because life intervened with two things; I was getting upset at the amount of plastic packaging I was throwing away and putting out for recycling and I read an article about Bea Johnson’s book Zero Waste Home which totally resonated with me and how I wanted to change.

Step 1

Have a look at what’s in your bin. What are you throwing away?

Have a look in your cupboards. Is the majority of what you buy in plastic?

Step 2

Repeat this phrase every damn day:

“Throwaway has to go somewhere”

I cannot tell you how useful this was for me. Acknowledging what you throw away as your responsibility gives you a certain culpability. Don’t be scared when I say this, please don’t! It’s just that we have been conditioned for so long as consumers that every item we buy is someone else’s issue when it reaches the end of it’s life isn’t the case, it’s time we took a stand!

Step 3

Work on one area at a time. If you give every change 100% of yourself, you’ll burn out and want to give up. I’ve created a drop down list to make my website a user friendly experience where you can get things done!

If I’ve not scared you off, here’s how I can really help you on your way. Use the drop down menu above to find out my advice for main areas of your home. With my top tips and experience living zero waste, I’ll help you become the change you want to see. If you cant find the answer to a question please do ‘Ask Claire’ by sending an email to zerowastemaman@gmail.com and I will do my very best to find a solution to your waste problem.

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