Zero Waste Living: Tips for a Plastic-Free Lifestyle

Zero Waste Living: Tips for a Plastic-Free Lifestyle

Zero-waste living emphasizes sustainability and environmental consciousness. Here at Jelli, we champion waste prevention and a circular economy in which every item is designed for reuse or recycling, resulting in little to no residual waste. There are numerous ways to reduce your waste in a way that fits your lifestyle, ranging from adopting sustainable practices to selecting eco-friendly gifts.

To help you get started, we’re sharing a compiled list of 5 simple plastic-free lifestyle tips. No pressure or judgment— try one or the other and see which works best for you!

Say No to Single-Use Plastics

Single-use plastics such as cutlery, straws, plates, and cups not only clog our landfills but also seriously threaten aquatic life. Make a positive change by investing in a stylish set of reusable cutlery, stainless steel straws, and durable containers. Keep them in your car or bag to ensure you’re always prepared while on the go.

Plan Your Meals

Meal planning can help you use what you buy more effectively, cut down on waste, and save money on groceries. It also eliminates the dreaded “What's for dinner tonight?” question after a long day. You might even get some extra “you” time on busy weeknights.

Invest in Cloth Produce or Tote Bags

Forget those flimsy plastic bags from the produce department—they’re extremely wasteful. Invest in a set of reusable cloth produce or tote bags that will protect your purchases while also helping to reduce plastic waste in the oceans. These versatile bags are ideal for transporting bulk items and add a cute touch to your grocery shopping experience!

Switch from Bottles to Bars

Swap out plastic shampoo, conditioner, and soap bottles for concentrated bar alternatives. Bars not only last longer, saving you money, but also help to reduce plastic waste.

Make Eco-Friendly Closet Choices

Opt for sustainable clothing brands or visit local thrift and consignment shops. You’ll find unique, gently worn or even brand-new clothing at a fraction of their original price. Get ready for compliments like “Where did you find that?” While you’re at it, consider donating some of the clothes you’ve had tucked away in your drawers for years. Someone might be able to repurpose these.


We are not suggesting that you complete every task on this list. With some time and patience, you can significantly reduce your impact. We hope that after reading this, you are inspired to reduce waste and live a more sustainable lifestyle!

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