Ever since I went vegan for ethics and sustainability reasons 5 years ago, I’ve been trying to move closer to zero-waste. I’m not perfect by any means, but I’m always trying my best.
Zero-waste is exactly what it sounds like, you try your best to produce zero-waste. There are many people who live like this, with some only producing a jar full of waste each year. That might sound insane and I’m right there with you. But I think if we all collectively made a small difference, we can together create a huge impact on the environment.
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Here are my favorite simple DIY zero-waste projects.
1. All-Purpose Cleaner
This zero-waste all-purpose cleaner is incredibly easy to make. Creating your own house cleaner helps ensure you’re using fresh, quality ingredients instead of what’s in most store-bought cleaners.
2. Utensil Holder
Did you know single-use plastic utensils take about 1,000 years to decompose? Not only that, most plastic utensils are made with polystyrene, which can release toxic chemicals when heated.
This DIY utensil holder is easy to store in your purse and keep on the go. If you don’t want to make your own utensil holder, you can buy a portable utensil kit that comes with everything you need.
3. Laundry Detergent
Making your own laundry detergent at home is a great way to save money. This recipe requires only 4 ingredients, making it a great eco-friendly product to use at home.
Even better, this DIY project doesn’t use any plastic. And since it takes 100 years for a bottle of laundry detergent to break down, you’ll be doing your part to make the planet greener.
If you don’t want to make your own laundry detergent, you can still make eco-friendly decisions with your laundry detergent. Dropps laundry detergent pods are affordable and come in eco-friendly packaging.
4. Fabric Softener
This DIY fabric softener project is incredibly easy to make and very affordable.
If you’re looking for another option, these reusable fabric cloths have a minimal environmental impact, certified-vegan, and easy on the wallet.
5. Orange Peel Vinegar Cleaner
House cleaner is one of those household items that are very easy to make. By eliminating store-bought house cleaner, you’re potentially saving yourself from a ton of chemicals lingering around in the house. This eco-friendly cleaner only calls for a few simple ingredients.
If you don’t want to make your own house cleaner, you can buy an eco-friendly household cleaner that is refillable.
6. Dish Soap
This DIY dish soap only calls for 3 simple ingredients, is plastic-free, and so easy to make. All you need is a soap glass dispenser. Your local thrift store may also have glass dispensers, so you can buy a used dispenser instead.
7. Toilet Cleaner Tabs
Most toilet cleaner tabs are filled with chemicals and packaging. Create these DIY toilet cleaner tabs instead with a few basic ingredients around the house.
8. Body Scrubs
I love using body scrubs to exfoliate my skin and help remove dead skin cells. Body scrubs are so easy to make and quite a fun project if you’re into anything DIY.
If you’re looking for another eco-friendly option, you can try Ethique’s deep exfoliating body scrub that is also plastic-free and vegan-friendly.
9. Reusable Bowl Covers
Instead of using plastic wrap or foil to wrap your bowls, you can create this DIY reusable bowl cover made out of a bandana.
Another great option are the Earth Bunny fabric bowl covers that are even dishwasher-friendly.
10. Bento Bag
Bento bags can be used for many things such as holding your produce when you grocery shop or for holding your lunch. I love how simple and natural this bag looks.
You can also buy eco-friendly mesh produce bags that come in various sizes and colors.
11. Reusable Produce Bag
In case you need another option, this reusable produce bag also comes from the blogger who created the bento bag above.
12. Newspaper Seedling Pots
Do you have a newspaper lying around the house? Make good use of it by creating these newspaper seedling pots. This DIY project is such a fun and unique way to upcycle newspaper.
If you don’t have a newspaper around the house, you can buy eco-friendly biodegradable pots made with organic peat.
13. Unpaper Towels
Paper towels are one of the things I’m really trying to ditch. They’re so expensive and wasteful and I always dread buying them. This DIY unpaper towels project is easy to make.
If you’re looking for another option, you can buy these reusable paper towels. Just throw these paper towels in the washer every time you need to new paper towels.
14. Foldable Reusable Grocery Bag
When my boyfriend told me their grocery store throws away “recycled” plastic bags, I was so shocked. That’s the day I decided to stop using grocery store plastic bags. I used to use plastic bags and return them to the store until I found out a lot of stores just throw them away in the trash.
States are changing laws and ditching plastic bags altogether. Make things easy by making a foldable reusable grocery bag or buying a reusable grocery bag online.
There are so many ways to create less waste and make better choices for the environment. Small changes can create a big change if we all do our best to create less waste.
Which zero-waste project do you want to make first?
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