Breaking it down

Introducing zero waste for beginners

Recycling

What can be recycled in Bristol?

via Bristol Waste on YouTube

 

Downloadable recycling guides for residents

What goes where quick guide

Detailed recycling from home guide

Using your mini recycling centre guide (for blocks of flats)

 

Composting & wormeries

Wormery

Everything you ever wanted to know about using your wormey is available at the Wormery FAQs via wormery.co.uk 

 

Composting

Compost bins are available for purchase from Bristol City Council for £12 or £15 depending on the size. 

Need a tutorial on how to get started? Watch below as Rebecca from the Royal Horticultural Society walks you through the basics.

via the Royal Horticultural Society on YouTube

 

Eating and drinking

Reusable cups

An astronomical 2.5 billion coffee cups are used and thrown away each year in the UK. Bringing a reusable coffee cup with you for your hot drink not only benefits the planet, but in many cafés you can get a discount if you bring your own cup so it's also beneficial to your pocket!

 

Reusable water bottle

Blue Planet showed the world how plastic, particularly single-use plastic, is causing huge problems in our waterways, oceans and the animals that enhabit them. While they are widely recyclable, only 54% of the 13 billion single-use plastic bottles used each year actually end up being recycled. Bringing your own bottle keeps you from wasting money on a new bottle and it's easier than ever to have it refilled. Free tap water is available at refill stations across Bristol; download the app to find the location closest to you wherever you are!

 

Glass containers to store food

Did you know that most takeaways and grocers will let you bring your own container? Experiment with you local shops by bringing a reuseable container with you and asking them to use that instead of a unrecyclable container. We suggest glass as it's more durable than plastic and a cleaner product. 

 

Beeswax wrap and other cling film alternatives

Single-use plastic wraps are filling our landfills because they are nearly impossible to break down. Bring your sandwich or snacks a reusable, washable beeswax wrap. Beeswax is a fab solution if you want to avoid using plastic film to wrap everything. These wraps can last for a year or more if they are cared for properly, and are also easy to make at home!

 

Keep the leftovers

Leftovers are often better than just-cooked food. Don’t miss the opportunity to avoid food waste and have tomorrow's lunch ready in a snap!

 

Cleaning and personal care

 

The return of the soap bar

There are plenty of natural paper-packaged soap solutions that are hassel free and don't clutter the shower. These products are also much less likely to include harmful microbeads, tiny plastic balls that help exfoliate skin but are so tiny that they cannot be captured in the standard waste-water treatment processes and end up in our oceans and waterways. 

 

Try a homemade cleaning solution

via cleanandscentsible.com

It might not be the first thing you think of, but cleaning products can be purchased in large 'bulk' containers, or as loose liquid from a zero-waste shop. It's even possible to make your own with a personalised scent using essential oils! They are easy-to-make and can help save money. 

 

 

Go bamboo

It's estimated that the average person will use 300 toothbrushes in their lifetime, and roughly 80 per cent of these end up in the sea, where they pose a risk to marine life and habitats. Completely biodegradable toothbrushes made out of bamboo are having a moment these days and easy to find in local zero waste shops and online.

 

 

Babies and kids

Terrified at the prospect of using reusable nappies? Check out this great video guide for beginners from a London-based zero waster.

via Emma Ross on YouTube

 

Household items and electricals

Small household electricals

If your radio or toaster unexpectedly stops working, why not try to get it repaired before you consider throwing it out? There are repair cafés across Bristol where trained experts can evaluate the chances of repairing it. If the item is indeed unreparable, you may be able to sell it for parts instead of throwing it away!

If you have reusable electricals that you simply want to get rid of it, think that somebody else might need it, sell it online or donate it to charity shop!

 

Furniture and textiles

Have you outgrown your kitchen table, or simply need to update those old drapes? If you have a little craftiness in you, why not upcycle the items and use them differently? Otherwise, choose to sell the items on or donate them to a local charity where they will benefit someone new.