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There are so many zero waste alternatives that it can be daunting to start thinking about it. But fear not. This helpful guide will show you the best alterative products for someone new to the zero waste lifestyle. These are meant to be easy switches and the list is by no means exhaustive. If you found any other easy switches comment below the blog article please!
The Best Zero Waste Alternatives
The list below features the best ideas that I have incorporated early on and ideas I have collected from friends. These are really easy to do and you will find you will become more motivated the more of the alternatives you try. If you have tried other easy switches let me know I am always keen to learn more about other zero waste alternatives.
1. Soap bars
Once your liquid soap dispensers run out why not consider switching to a soap bar? We switched already in the bathroom and it looks stylish and neat. We are saving so much in plastic packaging since the switch! If you are unsure how to store your soap bars consider a nice porcellan or wooden soap bar holder. I bought mine from holiday trips to Hungary and Marrakesh. They are handmade and ensure there is a personal touch in our bathroom.
2. Shampoo Bars
Shampoo bars are little less straight-forward then soap bars but well worth it! You may have to experiment with a few and find one that works for you. Your hair may take some time to get used to shampoo bars so remember there will be a transition period. There are even alternatives where you don’t need any shampoo and just rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar or baking soda to control the build-up of dandruff. But maybe that is the next step. 🙂
3. Bamboo Toothbrush
My friends swear by bamboo toothbrushes. I’m still using up my supply of toothbrushes I had purchased before switching to a more zero waste lifestyle.
Talk to your dentist if you have worries and see what they recommend.
4. Beeswax Wrappers
These beeswax wrappers are great if you want to store your food without using cling film. You can either purchase them or make them yourself. There are vegan options as well if you would rather not want to use beeswax.
5. Reusable Travel Thermos Bottle
A travel termos bottle is my constant travel compangion. Whether I go to work or on a holiday I will always take one with me. This way I can take some hot tea with me when it is cold or have some cold water during the summer. It is also very easy to refill in many places. Here in the UK, there are more and more public water sources but you can also usually ask in a cafe or shop and they will refill it for you.
6. Reusable Keep Cup
A Keep Cup is great for people who like to buy their coffee on the go. If you ever felt bad about the amount of non-reusable coffee cups you are using consider to switch. There are wonderful stylish glass ones or an alternative are reusable bamboo keep cups. If storage is an issue there are also foldable ones.
In addtion, I also have a stainless steel tumbler which keeps my drinks cool in the summer and hot in the colder months.
7. Metal Foodbox
If you take your food with you to work a metal foodbox may be just the right thing for you. I love preparing my food at the weeekend and then take it to work or when I am out and about.
8. Reusable Bag
You can either use a cotton bag that you’ve purchases or try your hand at making one on your own. My mom has made this super handy bag for me with is great for produce shopping. Love this zero waste alternative!
9. Washing Detergent
Pick an ecological one that comes in a cardboard box if you can. Alternatively you can try your hand at making your own. For a few months now we are using a horsechestnut washing liquid. We collected a small amount in autumn last year. Of course we made sure not to collect everything so there were some for the animals left. I actually did several trips to different areas to ensure I only ever took a few in each location. Then dry them and use as needed.
10. Bulk Food Shops
These seem to crop up more and more and if you have one nearby check it out. These shops not only have the most basic food items but are stocked with great zero waste alternatives to explore. You will have to bring the containers with you. However, some of the shops have a container exchange so people who have too many can drop them off at the shop. They are really well stocked these days and most shop owners are keen to hear what you are looking for and will try to stock it if there is enough demand.
Do you have any other suggestions for easy zero waste alternatives? Comment below and I will include them in the overview.
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Lemon water makes a wonderfully refreshing drink in the summer. Just squeeze or juice a few lemons into still and sparkling water and you have a lovely drink with an extra boost of vitamin C! But what could you do with the leftover lemon peel? Would be a shame to throw it away! I collected a few ideas on how to use leftover lemon peel.
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Leftover Lemon Peel Uses
I’m sure a few ideas will come to mind immediately if you think of leftover lemon peel. If you are a keen baker and the peels are organic you can make a wonderful lemon drizzle cake.
Cleaning products are also a good idea if you are handy with making them yourself. Always good to have a few natural options availble in your cupboard. I’m actually preferring them to the harsher store-bought versions.
Without further ado I am diving right into my favourite ideas to use leftover lemon peel around the house. I’m sure you will find a few ideas you can try easily and will love as much as I do!
Tip: If you peel your leftover lemon peel only use the yellow part. The white part is bitter and you most likely would not like anything flavoured with it!
1. Freeze Lemon Peel For Cooking & Baking
Don’t throw away the lemon peel and save them from landfill to use them in your cooking and baking. You don’t want to bake anything now? No problem, just grate some lemon zest and freeze it for later! You can then use it in your everyday cooking or baking whenever you need it.
2. Brown Sugar Trick To Keep It Soft
Oh don’t we all know it, after a while brown sugar gets hard and is really difficult to use when you need it! But there is a need trick that you can use to ensure it stays all nice and soft and ready to use when you need it.
Ensure that the lemon peel has no traces of pulp or pith and then just add it to your bag of brown sugar. It will keep it moist and soft and ready to use whenever you need it.
3. Dishwasher Freshener
You are lucky and call a dishwasher your own? Lemon peel can help make it smell nice with a lovely citrus scent. Just add a few lemon peels directly in your dishwasher when you use it.
Best is to put it in a bowl and while the dishwasher cleans your dishes the lemon peel deodorizes your dishwasher and everything will smell lovely when you take it out! Alternatively just put it in the cutlery tray.
You might even notice a bit of an extra sparkle from your dishes when using this method!
4. Lemon Scented Candles
You will need some wax, I recommend soja wax, to make these candles. Especially lovely as swimming candles outside for those warm evenings in the summer.
5. Lemon Peel Tea
In winter time I love a good cup of ginger tea and that is even better with some lemon peel.
Pee the lemon and dry the peel and then add it to your tea when you fancy a lovely cup with some extra lemon kick!
6. Citrus Cleaner
Make your own all-purpose cleaner at home with this easy recipe. Put your lemon peels into a bowl and cover them completely with vinegar. Let this mixture stand for about 3 to 4 weeks. Remove the peels and you have a great natural all-purpose cleaner for those small mishaps at home. However, don’t use it on markble florring etc.
7. Lemon Powder
Peel your leftover lemon and dry them. Then use a spice mill to shred the peel and add this lemon powder to your dishes. Lovely in risotto for example! But really just add to your favourite dishes if you want a bit of lemonly flavour.
8. Use As Seedling Pots
If you have a green finger why not use the lemon peel to grow some new plants? Just fill the lemon peel with soil and add your seeds to them. Then when your seedlings are showing you can just plant them like they are in your garden, yes, with the lemon peel!
9. Lemon Ice Cubes
Add some lemon peel to your ice cubes for a bit of a citrus kick in your chilled drinks. Why not use a peeler or knife and make long strips of the peel so they are a bit of an eyecatcher for your next summer party?
10. In the Kitchen
Use your leftover lemon peel in your trash bin or in your fridge. Over time there may be a bit of an unpleasent smell developping, especially in your trash bin. Just place a few peels in your trash bin or in your fridge for a lovely smell. Just exhange every now and then.
Which of these tips are you going to try? Or have you tried any of these before? What was the result? Did you like it? Any recommendations for other readers? Please put any thoughts in the comments below!