Look for reusable alternatives to what you consume.
Every time you use something just once (i.e. a single use item) before throwing it away. Consider whether or not there is a reusable alternative. For example, wax wraps can be used instead of plastic wrap. Reusable containers replace Ziploc bags. You can do away with straws altogether, or use metal ones instead of plastic. Bring your coffee mugs with you so you can say no to the poly lined coffee cups. Get dryer balls instead of going through dryer sheets. Take the plunge and go cloth diapers for your baby. These are called Zero Waste products, and the more of these you can incorporate into your lifestyle the lower your waste will be.
We are lucky to live in an era where you can buy virtually anything used, and often in really high quality! As like furniture, clothes (especially baby clothes!), toys, electronics, Halloween costumes, tools, wedding dresses. There is likely a place you can buy it used or borrow it temporarily.
If zero waste is a way of thinking about the entire lifecycle of the products you buy, buying goods made with recycled content means you are genuinely supporting that circular economy and way of thinking because you are helping to create markets for products that have been recycled.
Vote with your dollars.
Spend your money with companies that you’ve researched and whose values, ethics, manufacturing practices, product quality, and commitment to Zero Waste matches yours.
Buy durable, long lasting goods and clothing.
When you buy with a Zero Waste mindset, you should avoid the “race to the bottom” – the segment of companies and consumers that chase the lowest cost options. Instead, be open to paying a bit more with zero waste-oriented companies and buying fewer goods. Take care of your goods. Treat them with respect and keep them cleaned and maintained so they last you a long time. Yes, you’ll be buying more expensive goods, but Zero Wasters find that in the long run, they save ton of money because they buy so many fewer things and what they do buy doesn’t need to be replaced frequently.