A “Flirting With Zero Waste” Tip
Zero waste is an achievable lifestyle, though sometimes it feels as if it is unattainable. Sometimes a little tip or trick will help to urge yourself further in that direction. Here is one such tip that may be worth trying out.
Make Wasteful Items Inconvenient
A lot of our most wasteful habits are born from convenience. By making things slightly inconvenient you will gently nudge yourself in the right direction.
As a real life example, our house commonly used paper towels regularly. It is very wasteful, but quick and easy, to tear off an entire paper towel to wipe up the smallest of spills and then just throw it away. We have plenty of kitchen towels, but paper towels were just easier and they were right there on the counter. So we moved them. By putting the paper towel rack into the cabinet under the sink we took it out of our sightline and made it inconvenient to bend down, open the cabinet, reach awkwardly under the sink and tear a sheet off.
Make Non-wasteful Items Convenient
In respect to the previous tip, zero waste habits can in turn be born from convenience.
At the same time as us moving the paper towels to an inconvenient location, we also made sure that the kitchen towels were placed in a more convenient location, and we make sure to always have one hanging from the oven handle. People like water will always default to the path of least resistance. Snatching the towel off of the oven handle is a whole lot quicker than digging around under the sink for a paper towel.
Since we made this change, we have noticed a drastic difference. Rather than changing out the paper towel roll once or twice a week, shamefully. We now have to put a new roll on the dispenser once every month or two. Still not perfect, but what a difference.
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