I recently acquired the book Zero Waste Home. It is a how to manual for reducing the amount of waste that you produce- both that for landfill and for recycling. Since I live in a one bed flat in relatively central London some of the suggestions seemed pretty unachievable at first glance - one of the main methods that is advocated is composting! We have since worked out some plans around this that I am very excited to share.
What we plan to do:
-shop in locations where you can take your own jars to avoid packaging (luckily for us someone else has done the research for our part of London- see the app Bulk)
-plan meals; be conscientious about how much food we buy and how quickly it will go off, to reduce food waste, use tops of vegetables to make soups and juices
-install a small indoor composting system for items that we cannot use in another way, which we will use the products from to supply our large number of house plants
-buy secondhand where possible
-I will maintain my capsule wardrobe; making considered choices which are trend free and therefore longer lasting
-I aim to move to a capsule makeup collection however it will take a while to implement this as I attempt to use up all of the products I currently own
The important question is why move to a zero waste aim at all. I studied Ecology at university and have a good understanding of our overuse of the natural resources available to us and also the horrors of landfill. If we can only send 1-5 litres to landfill every year we will be making some significant change. I also hope to inspire some thoughtfulness in my similarly minded friends as to changes they could implement to reduce waste.
We will share our trials and let you know our success and things that don't work for us.