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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Easy Zero Waste Life Hacks

Hannah Barnes

Okay, so whilst tracking down your local Plastic Free shops, gathering enough containers, scheduling a date and heading down there may sound like a massive task. There are some really easy ways you can reduce your waste right now.

Most of them involve going back to basics, ironically these life hacks...are all pretty old school. I just called them that to get you to click. It's all to the good though, because with these hacks, you're not only are you reducing your waste but you'll also be simplifying your life.

Along with helping a few local tradespeople with a boost in business. Happy days.

1. Get A Milk Man

Yep! They still exist, I promise! You can get a weekly delivery of local, fresh milk right to your door. The best part is that you can recycle your milk bottles directly with them. Completely cutting out any dependence on plastic milk cartons. Your milk will also be produced on a much smaller scale, coming directly from the farmer, so you'll be responsible for less pollution. You can also look into raw milk, which comes with plenty of health benefits.

2. Find A Butcher

Whether it's a cool new modern butchers or just the local village butcher, who's been trading for years, most towns still have an independent butchers. Rock up with your reusable tubs (labelled by meat) and get them filled up with your usual cuts. All you need do is wash your tubs between visits. You'll be able to select the exact quantities and trim, of meat, that you're after and this will also save food waste. So it's another double whammy.

3. Hunt Down Local Eggs

Chickens have taken over back gardens, yards, fields and even rooftops all over the country. Laying more eggs than their owners can often handle, these eggs are usually sold on. Fresh, local farm eggs are often even cheaper than the supermarkets free range - and you get a lovely range of colourings. I swear the blue ones taste the best. Just like with your milk, this method also comes with in built recycling. So you'll no longer be littering the world with your single use egg cartons. Go a step further and ask your family to hold onto their shop bought cartons. Your egg supplier will be happy to put them back into service.

4. Visit Your Local Grocer

Last thing on the shopping list? You're going to need some veg! Check out your local greengrocers for plenty of the stuff. Take along some reusable produce bags and fill them with fresh veg to your hearts content. You'll get the added bonus of shopping more seasonally, lots of wonky veg and the option to try some new things you might not usually have on the menu.

5. Discover Farm Shops

If you don't want to do all the leg work yourself, don't worry. It's already been done for you by the owner of your local farm shop. I'm extremely lucky to have a farm shop below me, in the building which I work, so I can pop in whenever I need supplies. There's a great range of local produce, eggs, milk, veg and meat on offer. They also stock jarred sauce, preserves and homemade bread and biscuits. So long as you take your produce and grocery bags along with you, you can easily visit a farm shop and leave with very little waste.

Let me know of any great farm shops near you I could come and check out!

Hannah Barnes / Author & Editor

I keep myself busy with my small business; The Loft Gifts, the period poverty charity I run; The Crimson Wave, writing here and for vaious platforms and a growing menagerie of household pets.


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