The name of the game is saving the planet and most importantly protecting the animals and abundant ecosystems that live on this earth.

I have read countless Zero waste and Sustainability books that can be daunting and filled to the brim with all of the things that they recommend you to do.
However, starting small and building your way up is best. When you come to the end of your toothpaste tube or your detergent has run out, then look at buying an eco friendly alternative.

There are also countless YouTube videos and influencers with countless tips and tricks for embarking on this lifestyle. Glittemary Johnson is a wonderful YouTuber to check out!

I am not including the usual things like using reusable bags, coffee cups, water bottles, straws, cutlery, containers, because chances are you've heard it all before.
10 Tips to get you started:

1. Make your own

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Grow your own garden, mend your clothes, make your own pasta sauce. Also, It is super easy to make your own beauty and cleaning products with a few simple ingredients. Vinegar, bi-carb soda, castile soap, essential oils, beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, olive oil etc.

2. Use what you have

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Use up what you already have in your cupboard. This also applies to your wardrobe and closet, if you feel like you need something new, first check if you already own this item or if you could repurpose an old t-shirt into cleaning rags.

3. Shop Second-hand

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Op shops and vintage stores are filled with hidden treasures. I personally love op shops and have shopped at them since I was a kid. You can find cotton, wool, silk clothes in great condition.

4. Shop at your local farmers market

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Buying locally not only reduces plastic packaging, it also stops all the extra greenhouse gas emissions from trucking and transporting your produce from somewhere else. Plus, it 100% tastes better.

5. Stop buying plastic

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Opt for glass and metal packaging when you purchase food or products for your house. Glass and aluminium are both highly recyclable and are healthy for you too.

6. Reusable menstrual products

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I personally love the modibodi range of reusable period underwear. They are super absorbent and I have never had any leakage after wearing them all day long. There is also reusable pads and menstrual cups available.

7. Eat your leftovers

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Check you fridge and use what is about to go bad. Not only will you save yourself money but you will reduce your waste massively.

8. Compost, compost, compost!

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Food waste is the majority of what is found in our rubbish bags. By starting a compost or contributing to someone else's or your local community garden compost you will divert a huge amount of food wastage from going to landfill.

9. Furoshiki

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Wrapping presents in cloth is both aesthetically pleasing and eco friendly. Plus, the person you are gifting the present to gets an extra gift at the same time.

10. Utilise other recycling revenues

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REDcycle is a great option in Australia for recycling your soft plastics and there are drop off points at all Woolworths and Coles. Making it super easy to reduce almost half of what is in your bin.

Good luck on your eco friendly adventure