Five simple ways to a low waste lifestyle
Pippa Buxton, sustainability expert and owner of Little Earth Nest, shares her tips on how we can create a low waste lifestyle and change our families’ waste output in under an hour. Buxton is a mother and wife, a midwife, a sewist and an organic gardener.
Buxton says, “Many people find the term ‘plastic free’ quite overwhelming – it sounds so cold turkey and final. The journey to plastic free is really a gradual set of simple changes. My focus is to empower families with the confidence that it is easy to live ‘low waste’ and to be responsible with the waste that they do create.
“I’m passionate about connecting Aussie families with sustainable products that make reduced waste achievable, easy and affordable. I’ve been working for over a decade to fuel a positive shift and a can-do attitude about low waste living. I’m a very busy working mum of three young children and if I can do it, anyone can do it.”
She says, “Adopting a low-waste lifestyle starts with the simple and instant embrace of the attitude that it’s worth a try to cut back on waste and especially on plastics. From there anyone can make a difference to their waste in under an hour by setting up a framework to avoid reliance on plastics.”
How to reduce your family’s single use:
- Stock up on core resources such as resusable produce bags, resusable cling wrap and food storage pockets
- Ensure that shopping bags are either biodegradable or made from recycled sources
- Avoid virgin plastic re-usables as there are great alternatives available
- Use re-usable water bottles and a keep cup for coffee or tea
- Go to your local discount store and grab glass jars for storage
“For day-to-day waste, a set of core resources – for example, a set of Onya or Ever Eco Reusable Produce Bags from made recycled plastic, a Keep Leaf Reusable Food Storage Pocket and some biodegradable or recycled plastic shopping bags – cuts out the main offenders in the kitchen and food area,” Buxton adds.
“Add to this a reusable cling wrap like the Agreena wrap and some quality reusable water bottles, and for around $100 you have a core resource set that replaces cling wrap, plastic at the supermarket and plastic often used in packaging and storing food too and will last for years to come. Low waste is definitely as easy as one, two, three. Make a commitment, get some resources and follow through.”
For more information visit littleearthnest.com.au.