Zero Waste @Home
Save our planet, health & wallet
Say NO to those "free" shopping bags, extra packaging or swag you don't need: Nothing is "free" when resources have been exploited to make it.
Why pay for water and plastic? Use
powdered detergent or detergent strips (Breezero and Beyond are just two of many brands), and
shampoo and conditioner bars! (#GiveUpTheBottle Ethique bars)
Bring your own (BYO) containers and buy cleaning products at Cleenland in Cambridge.
Avoid unnecessary packaging:
Pick "naked" fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle, without plastic bags, film or trays
Purchase dry goods in bulk
Avoid single-serve products.
30+% food in the US is wasted. Reduce Food Waste is ranked #3 in Climate Action impact by DrawDown.org.
Save rainwater for your garden with Great American Rain Barrel
Instead of buying new, get a favorite pair of shoes repaired, your phone fixed, sharpen a knife, and $ave!
$ave money and support a circular, local economy:
The Village Cobbler, 16 Waltham St. (781) 862-4199
Lexington Shoe and Luggage Repair, 323 Woburn St, (781) 652-0023
Complex IT , 9 Meriam St Suite 1, (781) 879-0075
iFix and Repair (phones, tablets, game consoles, computers, smart watches), Burlington Mall, L1, 781-816-9349
UBreakIFix (phones, tablets, game consoles, computers), Burlington Mall, The Village, (617) 475-5007
Besides donating used items to your favorite charities, we need to create demand for secondhand items in a Circular Economy. Have you shared and traded items in online communities?
www.nextdoor.com Free section
Second-hand Fashion stores:
Plato's Closet, 100 River St., Waltham
Garment District 200 Broadway, Cambridge
Growing Up, 443 Common St, Belmont
Used Electronics, Phones, Computers:
Furniture and building materials:
30-40% of our daily waste is organic. Composting is often the first and BIGGEST step we take on our Zero Waste journey.
You can compost kitchen waste, used napkins, paper towels, soiled pizza box, and more. Compost in your backyard or have it sent to the farmland by a weekly pickup service, it's your choice!
You can also go beyond your own kitchen and be a volunteer and influencer!