As we become more aware of what happens to our rubbish, we learn facts that truly shock us - for example; only 9% of plastic is actually recycled and most of our rubbish gets burned or is dumped in landfills. 

With facts like these, following a zero waste lifestyle is becoming increasingly important to help fight climate change. 

But how?

Being zero waste means following a set of principles focused on waste prevention, as to reduce what we need and use. 

  • Refuse what you do not need

  • Reduce what you do need (and cannot refuse)

  • Reuse what you consume (and cannot refuse or reduce)

  • Recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse

  • Rot (compost) the rest

The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators or the ocean. 

If you’ve read our previous blog on How To Go Zero Waste, you have an idea of what being zero waste means. Today we’ll be discussing the Dos and Don'ts of living a zero waste lifestyle.  

We understand that switching to zero waste can sometimes feel stressful and overwhelming, here are few things to be mindful of:

Think About What You Buy

Pay closer attention to what and where you shop, are the products and packaging made in an eco-friendly and ethical way? In general, try to buy items that are made from wood, stainless steel or glass rather than plastic and rubber. For a few sustainable kitchen alternatives read our blog ‘10 Free Sustainable Kitchen Swaps To Try Today’

Don’t Worry About Everything

Trying to do everything at once doesn’t work. Don’t get overwhelmed and take the time you need to make your switch. You don’t need to worry about switching completely, being zero waste is a journey that doesn’t happen overnight, make small changes and overtime you’ll completely achieve zero waste.

Do Your Research

Before you start, ensure to do your research. Is zero waste truly possible for you? Will it be more sustainable? Research the ways in which you can actually make the switch. Think about where you’ll be doing your zero waste shopping and how much being zero waste may cost. I buy my toilet rolls from who gives a crap and if you're located in the UK, the Good Club is a great zero waste supermarket that delivers. 

Do What’s Possible For You

Not everything will be possible for you, just because your favourite influencer recommends specific steps does not mean it’s right for you. Be truthful with yourself, understand your circumstances. 

Don’t Lecture Other People

Switching to zero waste is amazing and you may want to share your story but don’t force zero waste on to others. Understand that everyone’s circumstances are different and not everyone can afford to be zero waste. Lead by example and others will follow suit. 



The true aim of zero waste is not to just keep waste out of landfills, but rather to redesign our entire cycle of resource extraction, consumption, and waste management so no resources are wasted at any point along the way. This concept directly challenges the systems and habits currently in place worldwide. 

For help on where to start, you can check out our recent article on our favourite ethical businesses to support.  

To learn more about going zero waste or becoming more sustainable, please get in touch by emailing us directly at info@betternotstop.com. Additionally, you can sign up to our newsletter and join us on LinkedIn to keep up with our upcoming news and events. 


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