Zero Waste Bucket List

Going Zero Waste can honestly be overwhelming. We live in a packaged society that doesn’t currently lend itself well to going Zero Waste.

As I started my Zero Waste journey, I felt like I needed to do it perfectly, and I had to start with the things that would make the most impact.

That’s just overwhelming.

So I switched gears and decided to do what I do best. Make a list.

I went through every detail of life that I could think of that I could switch to be more Zero Waste friendly, listed them out and categorized them.

I, personally, also really love the idea of Bucket Lists, a list of things you want to do before you die (I have one that I’m always working on and adding to!). So I thought it would be fun to look at this as a Bucket List, something that I’m constantly referring to, looking at and working on, picking out the things that I’m able to do and slowly watching each item on the list getting ticked off.

As I check off an item, I’ll link it to a post with all the information that I’ve learned, what worked, what didn’t, good tricks, etc. This list will be ever growing as I go!

Meanwhile, feel free to use this list for yourself as well! Look over the list, pick out a few things that you feel you can accomplish in your own life and slowly but surely tick off those boxes of your own!

ZERO WASTE BUCKET LIST

KITCHEN

  • Ziploc bag alternative
  • Reduce food waste
  • Paper Towel alternatives
  • Zero Waste Coffee
  • Food Storage
  • Compost
  • Straw alternatives
  • Plastic wrap alternatives
  • Sponge alternatives
  • Dish soap alternatives
  • Tea balls
  • Using food scraps

GROCERIES AND GROCERY SHOPPING

  • Reusable grocery bags
  • Reusable produce bags
  • Farmers market 
  • CSA’s
  • Meat
  • Shop bulk/bulk bins
  • Grow your own food
  • Zero Waste beverages
  • Foraging
  • Canning/dehydrating/freezing
  • Bone broth
  • Veggie scrap broth
  • When Zero Waste grocery shopping isn’t an option
  • Food Storage
  • Grocery shopping Zero Waste

BATHROOM

  • Toothbrush
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Body soap
  • Hand soap
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Menstrual products
  • Razors
  • Reusable tissues and hankies
  • Family cloth
  • Family Planning
  • Floss/waterpik
  • Deodorant
  • Bidet
  • Hairbrushes
  • Makeup remover alternative
  • Hair ties

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Stop junk mail
  • Pick up litter
  • Collect recycling to donate to charity (pop tops, etc)
  • Make Eco-briks
  • Cigarettes
  • Sharing economy programs

BEDROOM

  • Bedsheets
  • Clothing
  • Reusing textiles (clothing, sheets, towels, etc)
  • Shoes
  • Minimalist wardrobe

HOLIDAYS/CELEBRATIONS

  • Gifts
  • Wrapping gifts
  • Kids birthday parties
  • Baby showers
  • Eco friendly Christmas
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Easter
  • Valentine’s Day

LAUNDRY

  •  Detergent
  • Wool balls for the dryer
  • Lint catchers (Lint LUV-R, Cora Ball, Guppy Friend washing bag)
  • Stain remover

BABY

  • Zero Waste Diaper Bag
  • Zero Waste Baby Registry
  • Cloth Diapers
  • Cloth wipes
  • Diaper cream alternative
  • Diaper pail liner alternative
  • Wet bags
  • Second hand for baby
  • Reusable nursing pads
  • Glass baby bottles
  • Making your own purees
  • BLW
  • Breast milk storage
  • Elimination communication
  • Pacifiers

KIDS

ON THE GO:

  •  Zero Waste Dining kit
  •  Reusable water bottle

HOW TO DISPOSE OF:

  •  Electronics

AROUND THE HOME:

  • Cleaning supplies

MINIMALISM

  • Wardrobe
  • Books
  • Papers
  • Toys
  • Kitchen
  • Decorations
  • Media (DVD’s, Blu-ray’s, CD’s, etc)