Zero waste - Fran's top tips

pexels-photo-87383The ‘zero waste movement’ is becoming more and more popular these days, which makes it seem like a new phenomenon. In effect though, it’s what we – and we bet you too – have been striving towards for a while. (‘Striving towards’ is the key phrase here – ‘becoming zero waste’ is a journey that we can all embark on every day with small steps, rather than worrying that we won’t ever become completely zero waste!)

Put simply, it’s about considering how we can reduce what we buy/consume/use on a daily basis – e.g. do we need to buy a pre-packed sandwich or can we bring lunch in a reusable container? Can we leave the car behind and bike to work?

At Bio-D, we continue to look for ways to reduce our waste output and energy consumption throughout our production processes and have some exciting new initiatives launching soon – stay tuned.

Using our refill products is just one small step you can make on the zero waste journey. We caught up with our Bio-D ambassador, zero waste advocate and frequent traveller Fran for more top tips that you can follow whether at home or on the move. Fran says:

1.Consider whether you REALLY need that new top/bag/latest must-have. I travel a lot and used to think ‘oh I need a new x for my trip’. I really didn’t. Now I try to buy carefully instead – I look for good quality sustainable fashion items that can be mixed and matched in a variety of ways.

2.Always carry reusable bags, handkerchiefs and a reusable water bottle with you. If you’re going abroad and are unsure about drinking water, read this advice on water purification.

3.Consider purchasing zero waste shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant and always go for products in recycled and recyclable packaging.

4.Cut down on meat consumption. Visiting a new city? Use Happy Cow, a free app and website that can show you vegan and vegetarian friendly options wherever you may be going.

5.Be aware of all packaging and avoidable ‘stuff’ you might be given in any one day – e.g. buy single items of fruit rather than multiples in plastic bags; say no to freebie promotional items that you don’t want or need and will end up in recycling anyway; request drinks without straws and avoid plastic cutlery.

Thanks Fran! Check out Fran's brilliant blog Ethical Unicorn for more on zero waste and ethical living.

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