The biodegradable toothbrush made out of bamboo.

With our planet collecting more rubbish, a group of people in Nottingham are trying to waste less by living a ‘zero waste lifestyle’ to help the environment.

The idea of leading a ‘zero waste lifestyle’ is to live your life in a way that creates minimum waste.

This includes buying products with minimum or no plastic packaging, reducing the amount of single use items, such as plastic cups and toothbrushes and refurbishing and fixing your old items, instead of throwing them away.

The lifestyle suggests making simple swaps to items that do not get thrown away. For example, using bamboo toothbrushes, which are biodegradable, owning a ‘bag for life’, instead of buying a new plastic bag every time you go shopping, or using soap bars and refilling soap dispensers, instead of buying new ones every time.

Sarah, who is a founder of the Nottingham’s Zero Waste Collective, says that living this way, “you feel like you’re making a big difference.”

She believes that we, as humans, have lost a lot of the connection with the environment around us.

Sarah believes that it is all about getting back to the things we used to do, not that long ago, such as repairing our old furniture and repairing clothes, rather than throwing them away and buying new ones every season.

“The three ‘R’s’ – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.”
SARAH MELLOY, NOTTINGHAM ZERO WASTE COLLECTIVE

The amount of plastic waste is highly in the public consciousness, as more and more people are becoming concerned with the amount that we, as a nation, produce. It is important to focus on “the three ‘R’s’ – reduce reuse and recycle.”

Sarah says that with the government now taking action, it has really made people stop and think about their practices and their lifestyle.

Re-fillable laundry balls.

Despite this type of lifestyle being “really fulfilling and you really feel like you are making a difference,” it can be very challenging, especially in our fast-paced society.

To start off you should “make changes to your lifestyle in small steps,” to make it as manageable for yourself as you can.