Here at Youme, we want to make the transition to zero waste as easy as possible. We know it is a daunting task to go completely waste free, but we have everything from plastic-free groceries, to minimal waste products, to help you on your way.

Did you know that Ireland was ranked as one of the worst in Europe for plastic waste? This is a shocking realisation and something that needs to change. We need to step up, and re-evaluate how we use single use plastic. We know that one of the most difficult tasks in reducing your single use plastic is with your groceries. For this reason, we have set up our own zero waste groceries store, to remove some of the barriers stopping you in achieving a plastic free shop.

 

What can I do to go Zero Waste?

If you are just starting your zero waste journey, make small changes, on a regular basis. Check out our blog post for tips and ideas on what small changes you can make. Look around your home, and see where changes can be made. Is it a plastic-free bathroom, to a cling film free kitchen? The Earth Day Mantra is a great one to follow…

  • Refuse – Say no to items like straws, drink tops, and if the drink you want in a restaurant is in a plastic bottle instead of a glass bottle, say no. Bring your own reusables when out and about.
  • Reduce – “What is the minimum amount necessary?” Use what you have already, aim to buy products that are plastic free and local.
  • Reuse – As stated above- use what you have already. Bring your own container to the butcher shop, bring your own fruit and vegetable bags while shopping, bring your own cup for your coffee, and use your own water bottle instead of buying a plastic bottle.
  • Repurpose – To take something and use it for something else. Instead of throwing away that old t-shirt, try and see if you can turn it into a produce bag. Is it possible to get that item of clothing altered to fit? Old jars and plastic containers can be used instead of fancy containers for your zero waste groceries.
  • Recycle – Recycling should be the last resort. Ireland doesn’t make it very easy to live plastic free, it also doesn’t make it very easy to recycle either. That’s why the steps above are the key when it comes to reducing your plastic consumption. Failing that, we’re trying to do the best we can to help people reduce their plastic consumption. We’ve signed up to various Terracycle schemes to help you recycle that which may not be possible otherwise.

 

The zero waste and minimal waste movement in Ireland is growing, and we are so happy to be apart of it. Check out some of our products to help you join the movement too… shop now!!

Check out when our next pop-up shop is, and come in and say hi. I will be there to answer any of your questions in relation to sustainable living. In the meantime… don’t hesitate to get in touch if there is anything I can help with.

 

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