Beginner’s Guide

30 days to zero waste

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30 Days to Zero Waste Challenge | Have you been interested in learning more about becoming zero waste but just didn’t know where to start? I know, it can be very overwhelming! After scouring countless zero waste blogs and reading tons of information you are probably thinking that this lifestyle change is just way too much work, too expensive, too difficult, or D all of the above. I promise it’s none of those things!

We all have to start somewhere. Instead of tackling everything at once, slowly implement steps at your own pace. Once you have perfected one, move onto the next.
Below, I have put together a 30-day guide to becoming closer to zero waste, but like I said, do it at your own pace unless you want to do it all in the 30 days then, fantastic, you overachiever you! Each image will take you to a more detailed post giving you tips and more options to working these changes into your living situation. You’re not all going to have access to all of the things listed so having multiple options is key for all of us to succeed.

Also, feel free to visit #30daystozerowaste on Instagram so you can re-post the images as you go! Have fun with this, it’s a wonderful ride! Don’t hesitate to ask questions on these posts. I will answer them as quickly as I can. Good luck!

30 Days to Zero Waste Challenge 

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Reduce Fast Food

Reduce Paper Towels


Produce Bags

Bulk Bins

Reusable Utensils

Food Waste

Reduce Freebies

Bamboo Toothbrush

Homemade Toiletries

menstrual products


Farmer's Market

Junk Mail

Soap and Shampoo

Reusable Straws


Zero Waste Gifts

Grow Your Own Food

Safety Razor

Zero Waste Cleaning

Eat More Plants

Tissues and Hankies

Home Efficiency

Plastic Wrap

Repair and Mend

Buy Less


32 thoughts on “Beginner’s Guide

  1. Zero waste doesn't have to mean avoiding plastic altogether. Scientists invented plastic so that consumers could have a material that lasts forever… so why not keep using it forever?

  2. The problem is, we don't use it forever. We irresponsibly create single use items out of plastic, use them for a few moments, then discard them where they sit in a landfill for longer than we'll ever be alive. Plastic waste has gotten out of hand. I'm not saying that all plastic is 100% bad. It's helped us advance as a society in ways that were never before possible. We just need to more conscious of what we are purchasing and if the plastic version is really necessary or a good environmental choice – which more often than not, it isn't.

  3. Another problem with the use of plastics – molecules of it get into our body and mimic hyper-hormonal actions that can lead to cancerous growth.

  4. Need one piece of advice–I'm doing well with reducing waste in most areas of my life except one: my dog's poop. I really don't know what to about that. I live in a dense urban area (in Eastern Europe), take the dog to park and use plastic bags (leftover from other kinds of shopping, from friends, etc) to collect and get rid of the poop. I found biodegradable plastic bags, but they are extremely expensive, and tried to use paper/paper bags but it's just too messy and mean towards the people who are emptying the garbage bins (or looking through them for something to salvage). any thoughts?

  5. Hi Claudia, maybe you can try to make your own paper bags and then bury them in the ground or create compost. I know people use chicken poop for flowers to have more nutrients 🙂

  6. Hi,

    What are you using instead og baking sheets? And what can I use to pack my homemade bread in? Can you allso make a list of your zero waste toiletries, or did I miss that?

    Best wishes <3

  7. For my homemade bread I took a cotton bag and coated it in beeswax that i melted in the oven. It makes a fairly air tight bag and works well for my homemade bread.

  8. Chickens do not eat meat so it is not in their waste. Dogs do eat meat so it is not compostable in the same way as chicken waste. I would not put it on my garden as compost.

  9. Chickens do indeed eat meat, any chance they can get! How about carrying a small pail and shovel… sort of like a child's sand pail… with the contents to be buried someplace that is not near a garden from which food is harvested? Seems that it wouldn't be an issue with flowers. Nothing is perfect.

  10. Amazon has several canine septic options available. I would love it if my neighbors would get one of these for their 2 large dogs!

  11. I think the hyperlink to “Day 24: Eating More Plants” is broken, or doesn't link to the right page.

    Many thanks for putting this all together! It's been very helpful. 🙂

  12. Check out the entryway of grocery stores. Many have recycling bins for your plastic bags. If you're crafty, you can make plastic yarn out of them and crochet a laundry basket/beach tote/shopping bag with it and when it wears out after it's second life, drop it at the bag recycling bin

  13. I love this site! thanks! I am just beginning and have tons of info also that I am implementing. The hard part is having others look as u as an extremist..they just don't get it or don't care..anyway…I am having a hard time finding a place for recycling styrofoam..I do not buy it but husband the meat eater does..ugh! my local recycling does not take far only found that Fed X take the popcorn pieces to reuse..I have the trays..any thoughts?

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