Waste Free Organising

Many of my organising clients tell me they are worried about where the 'stuff' they declutter will end up. With that in mind let me share what I have learned, because I too am concerned about the environmental impact ...

In this blog I am going to give you some hints and tips on how to get started being environmentally friendly. The less we buy, the less of a footprint we leave, and the more money we save. Being organised helps you make changes without too much stress.

Read on ...

You don't have to do everything in one go. Let's face it, you will quickly lose your enthusiasm, if you try to shoehorn new ways into an already busy day.

I started my journey by raising my awareness of what was happening when I went shopping. It was quite an eye opener, when I could only find a few fruit and veg, without plastic wrapping. Even those already wearing a coat, such as an avocado! Pointless waste of time, money and resources.

Shop mindfully is my advice. Choose as many products as possible without plastic, and let the supermarket know that you want more! I fed back to customer services when over 2/3 of bananas were in bags, and was told that changes were coming. The more we comment the more we can get what we need.

What next?

It's easy to put your empty product vessels in the recycling or landfill, but do you really need to do that? How many empty containers do you reuse? Old tubs that contained margarine or ice cream can be used over and over again. I often take grapes or nuts in one of the small tubs so that I have snacks and I'm not tempted to buy more plastic covered produce. They are not pretty or matching, but that is a small price. That said, glass jars look amazing without the old labels.

Plastic containers and glass jars can also be used as refill if you find a shop that sells loose food items. I have found a great shop in my town centre for all kinds of dry and wet ingredients. If you don't use the containers yourself, donate to the shops who really welcome them. It's a great feeling filling up jars and pots and avoiding packaging. 

Check out zero waste shops in your area ...

In zero waste shops or online, you can buy alternatives to household cleaners with less packaging and harsh chemicals. As an example, instead of washing up liquid, there are blocks of dishwashing soap. They last longer and have less chemicals. I bought a bamboo block to sit it on and it does not make a mess on the counter.

I also make my own solution to clean surfaces. Equal parts water and white vinegar, with a few drops of lemon oil makes a wooden counter top shine! A natural antibacterial too. It's not only effective but it's also cheap and safe to use. Use old containers to store the solution, or even better an old glass bottle. Leave out the lemon and you also have a great glass cleaner. Don't worry about a vinegar smell it's faded almost instantly.

Out and about …

Finally, plan ahead. I know that if I take out my water bottle and my coffee beaker, that I will not buy bottled water or, need a cup for my coffee. Over the months that adds up to a lot less plastic waste.

I put my reusable bags and containers back in the boot of my car after unloading shopping and then I know I am good to go. Who wants to trip across the car park balancing shopping in your arms for the lack of a bag!

If I'm working with a client for a morning and afternoon session, I take a packed lunch and avoid pre wrapped sandwiches. I eat healthier and don't worry about waste. It's all a matter of being prepared. A Sunday evening is a great time to plan your week.

Now is the perfect time to organise your future. It’s easier than you think. Checkout my video on a few more products on my website.