20 WAYS TO REDUCE WASTE | Easy Sustainable Lifestyle Hacks | Zero Waste for Beginners | The Edgy Veg

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Here are my 20 easy eco-friendly lifestyle hacks for reducing waste in your home. These green tips and tricks will help you live a more green and minimalist lifestyle. A lot of people think that making eco-friendly life changes are expensive and require specialty products. The truth is there are easy and affordable swaps you can make. It is NOT difficult or expensive to be eco friendly.




What we throw out goes back into our food supply. Everything runs in a cycle and mindless consumption is corrupting that cycle. This is not just an environmental issue, it’s a YOU issue. The average American is expected to throw away 90,000 pounds of trash in their lifetime.

Cutting down on plastic is imperative to insuring our wildlife and food supply does not become completely wiped out for future generations. The ocean is a big concern for me with our coral dying all over the planet as plastic whirlpools the size of continent are forming, extinguishing entire species and killing countless marine wildlife. If a washed up whale stomaching 64 pounds of plastic they had digested doesn’t make you sick, I really don’t know what else to say. Hopefully those are enough reasons for you to care, now let’s get into the swaps.


1. WRAPPAS Reusable food wraps:

2. Reusable Swell Water Bottle:

3. KEEPCUP Coffee Cup:

-8oz plastic:
-16oz plastic:
-8oz glass:
-16oz glass:

4. Reusable Glass Straws:

5. Home Cutlery vs Plastic Cutlery:

– Stainless Steel Chopsticks:
– Utility Professional Cutlery 4 Piece Set:

6. Reusable Shopping Bags:

7. Tea Strainer:

8. Bare Bar Soap:

9. Cloth vs paper products:

-Microfiber cloths:

10. Silicone Baking Mats:

11. Make your own Cleaning products:

-Cinnamon Essential Oil:
-Tea Tree Essential Oil:
– Lavender Essential Oil:
-Spray bottle:


12. Dryer Balls:

13. Clean Period:

-Diva Cup:
-THINX Period panties: (GET 20% OFF)

14. Compost Kitchen Catcher:

15. Reusable tupperware:

-Mason Jars:
-Glass Tupperware:
-Lunch boxes:

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7 thoughts on “20 WAYS TO REDUCE WASTE | Easy Sustainable Lifestyle Hacks | Zero Waste for Beginners | The Edgy Veg

  1. I started have an allergic reaction with pads because of the adhesive so I switched to tampons. Well I was beginning to go in shock so after that I switched to a period cup. It is the best thing ever.

  2. so the coffee cup that you’re wanting us to get, it’s plastic too?? I get the paper coffee cups that has wax, but doesn’t beeswax paper have wax in it? What’s the difference between beeswax paper wax, and the plastic new coffee cup? when we’re trying to get rid of plastic and the wax isn’t recyclable? Thanks so much! 🙂

  3. I work in retail and we constantly ask if people need bags. 3/4 of the time they say no or have their own bag. it’s great

  4. Those food wraps are not affordable like you said, good idea to get them but they are not cheap at all by any means.

  5. I love your swap outs! I’ve already done more than half of those and it has made life easier! As Bea Johnson would say, zero waste life style is to make life simpler, not more complicated. The one thing I didn’t agree with was the microfiber cloths which actually have plastic in them, so when you wash them the plastic gets into your water system. Try Eco cloths, they are available on amazon and do a much better job at wiping glasses and they wipe away germs! Also I just ordered some decomposing trash bags that I’m excited to use instead of regular trash bags. Also available on amazon. Great video!

  6. What do you do when you can’t find inexpensive shampoo for your wavy hair that works that’s a shampoo bar? What about make-up? How do you cook without burning your food on top? Did you know microfiber is plastic and when you wash them the fibers get into the water we drink. I wish bulk was as cheap as packaged . I wish my recycling was accessable it’s 30 minutes away .

  7. You know that teenagers have a horrible brain meaning that “all other places of my body” becomes weird. I am verry sorry for my brain!

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