Beginner’s Guide: 10 Epic Tips To Switch To Zero Waste

Less trash, more awesome.

Do you tend to cringe at the amount of frivolous packaging when you call for a product online? Are you filled with guilt when you see a massive roll of paper being used to print out a bill at a departmental store? Homies and homettes, if you just nodded your head or heaved a sigh of frustration, we feel you. 

Honest to God, leading an absolute zero-waste lifestyle is next to impossible. However, you can choose to lead a zero-waste lifestyle where you pay close attention to your consumer habits and how much waste you’re adding to the environment.

But First, What Is Zero-Waste?

When you lead a zero-waste lifestyle, you are more alert to what you buy, use and throw away. In simpler words, you are committed to reducing the need to buy and throw, reuse as much as possible, try to recycle as little as one can, and compost next to none. Why? Because we want to produce the least waste possible.

The Simplest No-Fuss Zero-Waste Swaps  If You’re A Beginner:

1. Ditch Single-Use Plastic Products

The simplest and the easiest way to start a zero-waste life is by ditching single-use plastic, right away, in whatever ways you can.

Here are a few things that you can switch to instead of single-use products:

Here’s a handy {Zero} Waste Kit by the ZeroWasteStore that makes it simple to reduce your daily waste.

2. Buy In Bulk 

You can reduce so much waste by simply buying in bulk. Online stores like EarthHero, The Good Fill, and ZeroWasteStore allow you to refill or order products in bulk in returnable and compostable containers. You can also take your refillable bottles, jars, or shopping bags to minimize the waste that comes from packaging.

3. Purchase Naked Produce

Daily grocery items & vegetables that come in wrapped plastic are such a disappointing sight. You can start buying naked produce & veggies from your local markets. Many beauty brands like Kiehl’s, ASA Beauty, and Tinge allow you to refill the same products from them. For home and cleaning products, brands like Neat, Blueland, and Truman’s can refill all your cleaning solutions as and when you want.

4. Start Composting, It’s Super Easy

Switch your all-in-one garbage bin to a composting bin. Organic waste takes longer to decompose in conventional landfills due to lack of air, and also adds tonnes of unwanted methane into the atmosphere. This can be avoided by one simple step – composting what you can right at home. Use a stainless steel composting bucket that will keep things clean & fuss-free in your kitchen. You can dump it into your home-composting system once it’s full, or add it to your home garden.

5. Avoid Single-Use Paper

reusable clothes
redraspberryco/ Instagram

Did you know: if you reduce your paper napkin usage by just one, you’ll contribute towards diverting 571,23,000 pounds of paper waste every year! How crazy simple is that? This simple zero-waste swap costs no discomfort and will create a huge impact. Use reusable sponges, mops made of old clothes, reusable and washable wipes for cleaning. You can also swap your conventional toiler paper roll with this premium bamboo toilet paper.

6. Keep Reusable Shopping Bags With You/ In Your Vehicle

According to, “We produce about 300 million tonnes of plastic waste every year.” That equals the weight of the entire human population! So, here’s a small step you can take to play your part and make a change. Keep a reusable shopping bag or tote bag, or even pre-used plastic bags in your vehicle. So every time you stop by for an impromptu buy, you don’t have to accept the single-use plastic bag.

7. Pack Zero-Waste Lunch For Work Or School

A small step with a large impact! Zero-waste lunch boxes for work and school can save you money and ensure you eat healthy, while producing no waste. We recommend including reusable utensils, a water bottle, a napkin, a steel or glassware lunch box that can be microwaved, and dozens of tasty zero-waste lunch recipes in your zero-waste lunch to keep you working throughout the day.

8. Upcycle, Thrift Before Buying

thrift store
americasthrift/ Instagram

Before you decide to buy something, consider using what you already have. There’s no harm in looking at something pre-loved or pre-owned. Instead of buying new clothes, if you’re open to the idea, consider thrifting. You will be surprised at the kind of hidden treasures you’ll come across. Or, you can sell your loved items or buy pre-loved items from reselling and thrifting apps like Depop, ThredUp, Poshmark, and Vestiaire Collective.

9. Buy From Small Businesses Or Sustainable Brands

Knowing is doing! Switch from big retailers to small businesses or sustainable brands. Take note of the supply chains, and packaging materials used before buying, to reduce your carbon footprint. Marketplaces like The Little Market, Thrive Market, DoneGood, and Accompany have got you covered here by bringing sustainable and ethical brands and artisans under one umbrella.

10. Reuse, Reuse, Reuse

Reuse as much as possible. Here are simple ways of reusing everyday products:

Change is difficult, but it’s imminent, given the need of the hour. It’s not always easy to resist buying something new and shiny. But with no change in our attitude, there might be a time when we might see only shiny plastic in the oceans.

Yours consciously,

We hope you love the products we recommend! All products featured on GoodGuilt are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something through our retail links, we may earn a commission on the sale. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication.

Subscribe to our newsletter

To receive updates on all things good and guilt-free!