5 things I wish I knew before going zero waste

Sandra Slawinski 6th November 2020 0 comments

Going zero waste is daunting and totally overwhelming, here my 5 things you need to know before you start.

I changed my entire lifestyle to adopt a greener footprint now 2 years ago. I started on a lark as I signed up for a project with the Brussels environmental department and had NO IDEA what to expect. I read, researched, asked many stupid questions and pretty much learned as I went. I ve tried and continue to inspire others to make simple, easy changes which will ve an impact. Once a mindset has shifted, and accountability is demanded, the industries will have to follow.

I wish I had like a checklist of 5 things to tackle from the start. Hence my tops tips for you, the beginner.






5 things I wish I knew before going zero waste:

  1. Your trash does NOT need to fit into a mason jar. The goal is to analyse what you throw away and if you can reduce it or recycle it.
  2. You won’t go zero waste overnight and that is okay. I read a lot online and few good books to show me easy swaps for reducing my waste.
  3. You do not need to throw away anything. Thats actually totally contradictory to the effort of reducing your waste.
  4. You don’t need to be an eco-warrior to do your part. Start with 1 change and keep going.
  5. Plastic is not the enemy; single use plastics is where the opportunity lies to reduce your waste.


Check out some of my articles to inspire you:

25 food scraps you should not throw away, click HERE

15 simple swaps for a more eco-friendly kitchen right now, click HERE

my 10 tips for living with less plastic, click HERE

30 easy changes I made for a greener home, click HERE

My top 12 easy zero waste swaps, click HERE. 

Many more can be found on the “Green Lifestyle” page.



Written and photographed by Sandra Slawinski without commercial deals. I used my own jars some recycled some bought at Dille & Kamille as well as the brushes and dish cloths.