Ecofriendly Swaps to Go Zero Waste
Khala & Co is committed to reducing the need for single-use plastic with our zero waste provisions. Here are tips, beyond a Khala Cloth, to help you on your journey to zero waste.
We are often asked what we do in our daily lives to strive for zero waste. It takes dedication to go 100% zero waste and this has become even more difficult in the times of COVID-19. Don't beat yourself up, you don't need to be perfect! The goal here is to take small steps without over extending your budget. So in the spirit of Plastic Free July, we want to share with you tactics that have worked for us here at Khala & Company in our personal journeys to zero waste.
Khala-radical Zero Waste Tips:
We suggest you start your journey to zero waste by tracking what you throw away. Understanding your waste is the first step to know what changes are best for you and your family. Is your waste mostly recycling, organic, or landfill?
How to conduct a trash audit: Sort your trash. Keep a tally of everything you throw away for a week (or a month, if you're really having fun with it). Analyze your tallies to see what the majority of your waste is and if it's being sorted into the correct bin. Is organic material being composted? Brainstorm a waste management system that works for your household. Do you need a sign by your cans with pictures so your kids can dispose of their trash and recycling properly?
Once you understand your trash, you can make changes to reduce your waste. Buy items you go through quickly in bulk instead of weekly, so less plastic goes to the landfill. Compost at home or see if there is a local farm or organization that will take your organic materials if your city doesn't offer compost.
Conduct a trash audit annually to track your success year after year.
Instead of using plastic containers for leftovers, use glass mason jars to store your food. Need a quick supply of jars? Save empty glass jars from the grocery store and repurpose them into "mason" jars. Use them in the kitchen to store food bought in bulk (can't find the lid? We actually have a pack designed just for this, our 2 Mini 2 Small pack in beeswax or vegan!), or in the bathroom to hold your tooth brush. Depending on the jar's size, one can even go in a desk drawer to keep your stationary organized. Today for lunch, I brought a smoothie in what was once a tomato sauce jar! (If you want to remove the label take equal parts baking soda and cooking oil about 1 tablespoon of each rubbed over the label, then let it sit for 30min then run with hard scrubber - steel wool works well). Once scrubbed wash in hot water with your favorite eco soap.
If you put a mason jar with liquid in the freezer, just be sure to leave room for the liquid to expand.
Cloth in the kitchen
Swap those single-use paper napkins and towels for a fabric cloth. Discarded paper towels account for 254 million tons of waste globally. Instead of repeatedly purchasing paper products, a one-time purchase of a cloth napkin saves trees, and your money. For our office, we have reusable towels in our unique prints (just for us, for now... but stay tuned 😎).
Reducing the amount of paper products not only reduces litter, it also helps stop deforestation. Forests are vital to maintaining our planet's ecosystems, biodiversity, and combating climate change. They are the lungs of our planet! Cloth napkins reduce the need to cut down trees, and lets face it: they look way classier.
Going paperless in your kitchen doesn't just have to be napkins and towels; it can also be coffee filters! We offer a line of 100% organic cotton hemp blend coffee filters in Pourover, Cone, and Basket styles, so no matter what type of coffee maker you have, you can go zero waste without losing caffeine. Available in multiple sizes, these filters will last you upwards of a year with care and love, reducing your paper usage and saving a few trees.
Why Go Zero Waste?
Did you know plastic never truly breaks down? Plastic breaks into smaller and smaller fragments called microplastics. Nearly half of all waste globally is made up of single-use plastic. Most plastic ends up in landfills, never gets recycled, and can take a thousand years to decompose. Improperly disposed of plastic clogs drains and waterways and leach out contaminants into the soil. You can be part of the solution by implementing everyday-yet-extraordinary zero waste swaps like we just shared!
By Grace Poat