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10 Reusable Items for 0 Waste

Via The Note Passer Written by Holly Rose of Leotie Lovely | Photography by Shane Woodward  

Over the first two weeks of October, a group of Ethical Writers Coalition members took a zero waste challenge. Read about the beginning of the challenge here.

Over this two-week challenge, I finally figured out the balance between being prepared, being forgiving, and being confident enough to ask for what I want. As I was travelling the entire two-week period, I didn't have the comforts of my home life which would have made the challenge significantly easier. The process made me more mindful overall, of the actions and products I excuse myself to use which don't align with my beliefs. It taught me how slowing down, making a few extra efforts and uttering a few extra words can completely transform habits and purchases in and outside of my daily routine, like sitting and eating or holding on to my recycling until I found a suitable bin. What made it much easier to minimise the waste I was creating was the gear I had invested in over the past months as I made new discoveries on my #GoneGreen2016 journey, which I put to use in full force over the two weeks of semi-zero waste glory.    

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ONE. KEEP CUP

In Paris, I don't use this cup as much as I do when I leave, partially because I don't leave my house, but also because taking coffee to go is kind of taboo. You're kind of looked down upon if you don't just stay and sit. When I travel, however, as I have been for the weeks since this #EWCZeroWasteChallenge commenced, I make good use of it. Allowing me to avoid using the coffee cups offered by cafes and chains, which are made with polyethene plastic and are not recyclable no matter which bin you put them in. • READ MORE HERE • GET YOURSELF ONE HERE

 

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TWO. KLEAN KANTEEN

This is an item I use daily, even if I'm not leaving the house because I'm so damn clumsy. We’re paying 2,900 times the price for water which comes from the same source as our taps. To top it off, it takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce 30 billion water bottles, it also takes more water to produce a bottle of water than the bottle itself will hold. Plus, the plastics the bottle is made of, like all plastics, will never decompose. • READ MORE HERE HERE • GET YOURSELF ONE HERE

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THREE. LIGHT MY FIRE SPORK

This is one of the easiest zero waste solutions to tote along with you and it's one of the items you'll find most useful on the go. It fits along with the rest of my stuff in my little Sonya Kashmiri bag, and comes with a cover, so even if you can't clean it you don't have to worry about it sliming your stuff.  • READ MORE HERE • GET YOURSELF ONE HERE    

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FOUR. REUSABLE MAKEUP PADS

Another item I use daily is a reusable makeup wipes from Lamazuna which you can wash after use, as a replacement for cotton pads and balls, which are made from one of the world's dirtiest crops due to the insecticides and pesticides used to grow it, which are hazardous to human, wildlife and ecological health. • READ MORE HERE • GET YOURSELF A SET HERE  

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FIVE. TOTE BAG

This is perhaps one of the most obvious sustainable switches to make when looking to live greener or live zero waste. About 1 million plastic bags are used every minute and each one takes 1,000 years to degrade. This is one of many reasons to avoid them at all costs, whether you’re using them as shopping bags, produce bags, or zip-locking food in them, they’re about as evil as evil comes • READ MORE HERE • GET YOURSELF ONE HERE *25% discount on anything from the site with coupon code EWCZEROWASTE*

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