First steps to start your Zero Waste lifestyle

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  • Having less garbage going to the landfills and leaking in the environment
  • Eating healthier, as packaged foods are generally less healthy than bulk or farmers market options
  • Saving money by buying less and second-hand
  • Living a minimalist life not based on consumerism
  • Inspiring others to treat our planet better
  • Having more time to be and not only to have
  • Feeling happier

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A Zero Waste lifestyle is not something we can achieve overnight. You do it step-by-step, at your own rhythm. You must feel good about the changes you are making in your life. However, once you start, you will surely want to do more as you will start feeling the benefits! It’s the domino effect, you’ve just got to start with a little momentum. So what will you start with? Select the commitments you want to make to yourself at the end of this page, and we’ll send you your Zero Waste Lifestyle Chart.

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Create a small compost bin in your home and put in there all your food scraps and peelings. Create a simple compost bin in your garden (or your community) that will generate natural fertilizer. Composting can decrease up to 50% of your solid waste!

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Use a reusable bag. A single-use plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade. Always have one with you in case you make a purchase.

Where to buy? Zero Waste Montenegro reusable bags.

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Refuse to have your vegetables wrapped in plastic bags, instead ask for the sticker to be put directly on the fruit, or ask for a paper bag instead. Have also with you several fabric produce bags when you go grocery shopping. Purchase or make them yourselves and be sure to wash them often!

Where to buy? Grasshopper.

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Use a reusable water bottle. Tap water is fine to drink, you can also add a stick of activated carbon on it if you want to filter it.

Where to buy? Now available in many shops, bookstores, households stores, large supermarkets.

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Buy less stuff and buy second-hand. No only you will save lots of money this way, but you can enjoy new experiences such as clothes swap parties with friends!

Where to buy? Second-hand clothes shops.

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Have a reusable mug in your bag when ordering from a to-go shop. Single-use coffee cups are a huge source of unnecessary waste.

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Where to buy? in many bookstores or household stores.

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Purchase food in bulk. Items like cereal, pasta, rice, fruit and veggies, but also whatever food you need, you can find in here, package free!
From cheese, eggs, meat and fish to flour, nuts, legumes, teas and all kinds of oils. can be purchased in certain shops from bulk bins and also on the market. Use your usable bag or container. You save money and unnecessary packaging.

Where to buy? Food markets (Mall of Montenegro, etc) or bulk stores

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Say goodbye to plastic cutlery. Always have a reusable set in your bag in case you eat on the go.

Where to buy? in household stores.

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Stop using white wipes. They are expensive, unnecessary, and often have toxic chemicals. Instead, use (organic coconut) oil and reusable cotton rounds.

Where to buy? Get the pads made at your tailor with left-over fabric or sew them yourself. Coconut oil can be purchased in large supermarkets, drugstores and bulk stores.

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Use white vinegar as your main cleaning product as home. It is an effective and cheap natural way to clean your home.

Where to buy? In any supermarkets or bulk healthy food stores stores (‘zdrave hrane’).

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Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor

Where to buy? We haven’t found them yet in Montenegro … if you do, let us know and we’ll post it here! You can order them online.

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Use soap and stop buying body wash in packaging. It is wasteful, not recyclable everywhere, and contains chemicals. Simply buy a good quality soap. It is more economical. Pack it when you travel in a reusable container.

Where to buy? on craft markets, or by All Nuts in Delta City: they also sell organic shampoo bars!

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Purchase toilet paper made of recycled paper, and not wrapped in plastic.

Where to buy? TAP in Sutomore produces paper-wrapped toilet paper, they are sold in Cungu.

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Use a menstruation cup instead of tampon with plastic applicator and non organic tampon that contains lots of pesticide. Once you use it, you won’t want to go back!

Where to buy? We haven’t found them yet in Montenegro .. if you do, let us know and we’ll post it here! You can order them online.

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Bring your own container for take-out or your restaurant doggy-bag since many restaurants use styrofoam (really expensive to recycle! therefore rarely done).

Where to buy? Reuse the jars from canned food or purchase them in a Garden Center, for instance AgroCenter. Reusable plastic food container can be bought in shops such as ‘Plastika Podgorica, make sure they are BPA-free and durable!

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Stop using plastic straws, they are useless anyway. If a straw is a must, purchase a reusable stainless steel or bamboo and keep it in your bag! Ask for that “Mojito without a straw, please!” You can now get your bamboo straw from ZWMNE here.

Where to buy? You can buy reusable bamboo straws in our office.

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Are you ready to start your journey towards Zero Waste? What are you ready to start with?

Let us know on our Facebook page.

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Sources:

Trash is for Tossers (many thanks to Lauren for the images and inspiration!)