Do It Yourself Sustainable Living:
Zero Waste Households

Forestmatic 7R’s — our golden rules to become sustainable.
  • Reduce: minimise the amount of energy and natural resources you use.
  • Reuse: extend the life of those items that you may consider throwing away.
  • Recycle: reprocess existing materials and products to create new ones.
  • Repair: fix products and materials as they begin to break down and lose function.
  • Refuse: avoid unnecessary products causing harm to the environment.
  • Rethink: consider alternative options to what you buy to become more sustainable.
  • Reforest: plant trees to restore ecosystems, preserve existing ones, fight climate change, make Earth greener.
  • Prepare yourself to get creative and embrace a ‘do it yourself’ lifestyle, because you are about to eliminate trash from your life.
  • Consider creating your compost garden. It can allow you to recycle discarded organic waste, resulting in rich fertilizer where you can grow your own delicious produce. By default, you will save money at the grocery store and eat healthier while doing your part to save the planet. So, next time around: don’t toss those food scraps out.
  • Recycling should always be the last resort, but sometimes we do find ourselves there. Before throwing anything out of the ordinary in the trash, do a little research first to see if there are any designated drop-offs (like municipal recycling facilities). Hard to recycle (but still recyclable) items can include e-waste, batteries, polystyrene, toothpaste tubes, electric toothbrush heads. But if you want to go the extra-mile you can look for upcycling solutions, try to reuse little pieces from your electronics like little screws, isolating material, copper.
You don’t need an outdoor court to create your own compost garden.
  • Look for bulk and bars (soap, shampoo) and refill bottles.
  • Cook from home as much as you can. And of course, don’t throw food away!
  • Create an inventory of what you have in your house to avoid buying stuff you don’t need and make the best use of what you have (it’s also very helpful to write down what you are throwing away to realize the amount of wastes we produce).
  • Switch off your internet router at night.
  • Unplug the electronics you are not using.
  • Don’t use unnecessary water while washing and cleaning.
  • Try to always keep recycling or upcycling solutions in mind when deciding what to buy.

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