Zero Waste Homes

Zero Waste Homes

Posted by Helen O'Keeffe of Ezliving-Interiors on 28th Nov 2020

Why Should We Aim for a Zero Waste Home? It is predicted by 2050 that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Zero waste living will reduce the amount of waste that contaminating the homes of our marine neighbours. The European Union wants to reduce biodegradable municipal waste by 33% compared with 1995 levels.

Why Should We Aim for a Zero Waste Home?

● It is predicted by 2050 that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.
● Zero waste living will reduce the amount of waste that is contaminating the homes of our marine neighbours.
● The European Union wants to reduce biodegradable municipal waste by 33% compared with 1995 levels.
● Reducing, reusing & recycling can be a key part of a climate change strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
● The U.S. EPA has estimated approximately 42% of all greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the production and use of goods, including food, products & packaging.
● Reducing and reusing means fewer products are made, as people buy less and as products are more sustainable.

The 5 R's of Zero Waste

Everything we use has an environmental cost and consequence so it's important to be
mindful, now more than ever about this so these are the 5 R's of the Zero Waste principle:
● Refuse
● Reduce
● Reuse (and repair)
● Recycle
● Rot


1. Refuse

Make small changes such as using a reusable water bottle rather than buying new bottled water, take reusable bags to the supermarket, place a "no junk mail" on your letterbox. Small changes matter.

2. Reduce

● Being conscious of what you use in terms of single use plastics will mean you will think about each purchase. Always try to reduce your reliance on unnecessary plastic so for example, buy loose vegetables and fruit.
● Declutter your home, donate excess to charity for others to reuse. Only invest in quality furniture in your home that has a classic look and is durable.

3. Reuse ( & Repair)

Start small, so buy a reusable water bottle and coffee cup. Repair worn shoes rather than buying new pairs. Reuse old curtains to make cushions, throws or patchwork quilts.

4. Recycle

Being aware of what you can and cannot recycle is important and sometimes it can be confusing. If in doubt check out recycling support websites where there will be FAQs. Item like electronics, batteries, light bulbs etc do have specific places where they can be taken to so check where your local centre is located.

5. Rot
Instead of discarding food scraps in the general waste bin, create a compost heap and you can use it to bed flowering plants and shrubs in the Spring.

5 Actionable Ways to Reduce Waste


1: Go food shopping with a list, plan meals and utilise leftovers
2: Declutter your wardrobe, giving anything you don't need/want or no longer fits to
charity shops
3: Declutter your garage, loft or attic as it's likely filled with many items you no longer require
4: Keep cloth bags or wooden crates in your car for any expected shopping to negate the need for plastic bags
5: Give the gift of experiences eg vouchers for restaurants, cinema, concerts, walking tours, adventure activities as opposed to physical products like plastic kid's toys or plastic gadgets