Be the Next Zero-Waste Hero!

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With plastic flooding the oceans and garbage piling up in landfills, there’s no time like the present to decrease your over-contribution to the world (read: stop buying stuff). By reducing your consumption, you can make monumental differences in your community. We at Plantie know this can be overwhelming: How do you go from consumer to conservationist? Trust us, going waste-free doesn’t happen overnight, but if you’re interested in the process, start with these steps below to be the next zero-waste hero.

Grow a garden

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Benefit the Earth and your palate! Growing your own food will keep you from buying plastic tomato cartons, rubber lettuce bands, or flimsy plastic bags for your parsley. You’ll love the freeing feeling of picking what you need so the veg won’t go bad in your fridge. Even if you live in an apartment or don’t have a large backyard this is still an option, check out the gardening section on our website to learn more.

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Reduce, reuse, TerraCycle

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Recycling is great, but it doesn’t cover everything. For items that can’t be recycled, but you don’t have the heart to throw in a landfill, there is now Terracycling. Terracycling salvages objective junk by turning it into new products. Order a box to send your old batteries, empty floss containers, and more to a new, greener life.

Invest in reusables

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Forget the age-old question “paper or plastic?” Bring your own homemade cloth bags to the grocery store. Buy nuts, snacks, and other food in bulk and store them in mason jars or containers you already have. Also, even though it’s convenient, forgo “single-serving” packages for something more sustainable. Instead, portion your bulk foods with a vegan wax wrap. It’s self-sticking so you can wrap your sandwich for the road and not worry about spillage. Plus, it’s reusable, so you don’t need to throw it away afterward. Check out a few vegan wrap options here. If you have skill with a needle, be adventurous, and make yourself a small pouch to carry snacks like dried fruit or crackers.

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Start from scratch

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This tip takes time but is worth it in the long run. Stop relying on store-bought packaged food full of preservatives and learn to make your own bread, crackers, and desserts. This reduces your consumption of packaged products and encourages you to buy more flours, grains, and seeds in bulk. Nervous that you’re not a good cook? We guarantee that after a few tries, you’ll find your own baking tastier than anything you could buy!

Start making a difference today. It only takes a little bit of planning to get you on the road to reducing or eliminating excess waste. With a few of these tips, you can live a greater life with less.

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