Join the zero waste revolution, and join millions of people who are choosing to live their life by refusing to buy it if not needed, reducing what they need, reusing what they have, recycling what they can, and buying things that are biodegrade (rot – the 5Rs!);
- Find local shops at Zero Waste Near Me.
- Local Zero Waste also lists local shops to discover
- Pebble Mag lists over 100 of the best zero waste shops
Books to Help You Go Zero Waste
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- A Zero Waste Life in Thirty Days is a lovely little book by a trainee doctor (she’s also a qualified rocket scientist). Growing up in a Chinese family with little money, she was zero waste by default. This nice read covers how to also let go of unwanted emotions like anger, using small lifestyle change tips in each chapter.
- 101 Easy Ways To Create Less Waste is a simple little book, packed with suggestions to reduce packaging, recycling household items and reducing food waste. Each page has icons: cheaper, widely available, DIY, waste-free, extend the life of or just a new way to do things.
- How to Go (Almost) Zero Waste packs 150 simple tips to try out in a non-preachy guide of making progress, one step at a time. The idea is to make changes that you feel comfortable with, as they will stick and if everyone does this, it’s better than a few doing zero waste perfectly.
- 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste is by blogger Kathryn Kellogg, who can fit all her rubbish from the past 2 years into a 16-ounce jar. She refuses plastic straws and grocery bags, and uses a reusable water bottle and compostable dish scrub. Also check her book Zero Waste Kids.
These blogs to inspire a simpler life are really nice. Obviously if you want to live a simpler life, you likely don’t want to spend time reading a lot of blogs. So here are a few of the best, and you can pick and choose. These are not all about bamboo toothbrushes, some are more spiritual, and one is even by a London medical doctor, who is trying to simplify her life, while doing her important job.
- Imperfect Journey to Zero is a gorgeous new blog by a digital nomad (who designs lovely blog themes – visit Code + Coconut). Find nice posts on how to go zero waste at your own pace, with a friendly helping hand. There are good posts here on grocery shopping.
- Zero Waste Doc is a blog by a London medical doctor, who shows how to be a minimalist, even if you live a busy life in the city. Also a Christian and climate activist.
- by Amber Burns is a gorgeous blog by a young American who works in the tech industry, but loves going offline to read books. She has nice self-care posts, there’s something really soothing here.
- Just a Little Less is one of the nicest simple living blogs in England. Claire is interested in minimalism for the real world, and believes it can improve your quality of life, rather than take things away from it. Think nature, home cooking, family time, interiors and clothes.