50 ways you can go waste free in 2018

A lot of these ideas are really easy and simple to implement in your daily lives! It is really easy and simple to reduce and cut your family waste and to try and be as waste free as possible. From really easy and simple things like Meal planning to cut food waste to create a compost heap in your garden.

A lot of people have recently become concerned with the number of plastics that are in our oceans! by switching to other materials such as Bamboo it reduces the amount of plastic in our lives.

Here are 50 ways to go waste free


  1. Meal plan – You will be amazed at not only the money you can save but the amount of food waste that you will have left over. There are lots of online websites which can help you make meals out of everyday food waste.
  2. Compost food scraps – By creating a compost heap in your garden you can produce your own good topsoil to use in your garden. Some councils offer a food wastage scheme so if you are like me and don’t have room for your own compost bin/pile then you can still help to reduce landfill waste.
  3. Switch to cloth nappies – If you have children in nappies then you can help save literally thousands of nappies from sitting on a landfill site. Disposable nappies were invented in 1948 and they can take up to 500 years to fully decompose. Nasty eh? Toddler sitting on a bouncy castle wearing a reusable nappies that says "Goodbye disposable, Hello Cloth"
  4. Invest in a reusable water bottle, or two! – Buying a decent reusable water bottle made of materials other than plastic can help reduce the number of plastic bottles in use.
  5. Bring your own shopping bags when you go shopping – In England, the 5p Carrier bag has been in place for awhile now so you bringing along your own bags, or even reusing old ones can help cut down waste.
  6. Even better, invest in a more sustainable bag such as hemp over plastic bags for life. – Buying a more sustainable bag doesn’t have to be expensive either! But they tend to be stronger and will last.
  7. Shop at local markets for produce or buy lose veg/fruit in the supermarkets rather than packaged.
  8. Buy in bulk –  I’ve been surprised by how much money I actually saved by buying only what I need and not being forced to buy a huge package.
  9. Buy an insulated coffee/tea cup – Not only will it keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold but it is saving the use of polystyrene cups. reusable bamboo thermo cup
  10. Take it with you when you visit your favourite takeaway places, some even offer discounts! – Places like Pret a Manger and Starbucks offer discounts to customers who bring their own cups.
  11. Bring a container for restaurant leftovers – You’ve already bought the food so there’ll be no push-back when you put it in a container to take home. Yum!
  12. Take your own lunch with you to work.
  13. Request to have your drink without a straw! – Approximately 500 million plastic straws are thrown away each day,
  14. Or bring your own reusable straw! – Glass, bamboo and stainless steel are other alternatives you can choose.
  15. Love a cup of tea? – Did you know that it contains plastic, you can buy a tea infuser and enjoy the great similar taste.
  16. Like coffee? You can switch disposable coffee filters for reusable ones! a lot more cost effective
  17. Do a waste audit! – Marking down the types of waste you throw away will give you clear items to replace with reusable first.
  18. Keep a set of Bamboo cutlery in your bag – You never know when you may need them!
  19. Switch to cloth wipes instead of baby uses other uses are;
  20. Makeup remover
  21. Toilet Roll
  22. Kitchen Roll
  23. Replace your toothbrush with a bamboo one!
  24. Switch disposable razors for an electric one.
  25. Switch to solid shampoo bars, conditioner bars and use solid soap rather than shower gel and liquid soap.
  26. Cotton buds? Swap them for bamboo –
  27. Swap your monthly menstrual products for a reusable kind! Cloth pads and cups can not only dramatically reduce your waste but save you loads of money too!
  28. Instead of using clingfilm to wrap your sandwiches use an alternative wrap such as Wax paper which can be composted.
  29. Rather than using parchment swap it for a reusable baking liner.
  30. Outgrown clothes? Swap them with friends and family.
  31. Torn, battered pieces of clothes? Re purpose them into other things such as bags and cushion covers
  32. Repurpose Jars – Candle ran out? Or use baby jars? Re-use the jars as storage
  33. One Man’s trash is another one’s treasure – Sell unwanted items at car boots, or donate to charities, hostel or the homeless
  34. Opt of Royal Mail’s Door to doors and reduce the amount of unwanted mail coming through your letterbox. You can find the info here.
  35. Make your own Deodorant – Saves money buying it and you can keep an eye on the ingredients you are using. Also a great way to repurpose old jars a Jar of homemade deodorant
  36. Make snacks at home – items such as flapjacks, brownies etc all require cupboard items which you most likely have, but will save money, plastic (wrappers) and carbon footprint (transporting it from manufacturer to retailer to home).
  37. Broken items? Try fixing it yourself or maybe donate to a local college to see if any of their classes can make use of it
  38. Need something for a short amount of time? See if you can borrow from one of family and friends
  39. Invest in reusable batteries – Make sure to bin single-use batteries in proper bins (you can find these in most shops) to make sure they are disposed of properly.
  40. Swap your lights for more energy efficient ones, they will last a lot longer and use less energy.
  41. Run out of printer ink? Refill them rather than buying new cartridges. If you can’t then make sure to pop empty cartridges back into the store for recycling.
  42. Switch all your household bills to paperless and have them emailed them to you. You can organise them into folders within your email account to make finding them a lot easier.
  43. Received a gift? Re-use the wrapping paper if you can and save the gift bag to re gift to someone else.
  44. Don’t want/like the gift, then gift it forward to someone else
  45. Buy baby food in jars or pouches? Make your own baby food and invest in your own pouch system. Not only will this save you a lot of money, but you know exactly what your baby is eating.
  46. Use more natural chemical free household cleaners – White Vinegar, water and Lemon are great alternatives to household cleaners
  47. Grow your own! – If you don’t have a garden then you can run an allotment. It can be a great way to grow a variety of vegetables and you may even have the option to share it with other allotment owners.
  48. Cancel Magazine and Newspaper subscribtions, sign up to receive them digitally instead!
  49. If household items can not be recycled (lids, polystyrene etc) then contact local schools, preschools and see if they would like them for craft activities
  50. Think about what you are buying Do you need it? Do you want it?


50 waste free ideas


  1. 23rd January 2018 / 7:19 pm

    Brilliant post. It’s amazing what a difference you can make when you try, we have reduced our waste by around 50% which is amazing! A bin audit is such a good idea, we noticed that we were throwing a way lots of plastic wrappings, but have recently found they are recyclable with plastic bags at supermarkets, who knew!

  2. 20th February 2018 / 10:50 pm

    Brilliant list! Lots of great tips there. You’ve also reminded me to do the Royal Mail ‘opt out’. I did it in our old house but haven’t got around to it for our new home.

  3. 8th October 2018 / 7:13 pm

    There’s some great tips here, I’m all for reusing and redistributing things I don’t need anymore too and have written about it several times on my posts. I offer quite a lot of my stuff on Freebay type groups on Facebook – jars, boxes, jiffy bags, etc, so much can be reused.

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