OUR 10 DAY ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE - by Charlotte Watkivs

Back in January we ran a 10 day Zero Waste Challenge, which was more successful than either of us imagined! Lots of people joined in and we had great fun seeing our Instagram and Facebook followers getting involved too.

If you want to take the challenge, take a look at the steps below. You can do it any time, at any speed or if you're feeling adventurous you could even do all ten steps at once.

Our friend Chloe took the challenge and had some surprising outcomes....


Day one: Bring a bag

If you're like us, you probably have tonnes! Pop it in your bag or car so you don't forget it when you're on the go.


Day two: Refuse a straw

Straws are made of crappy non-recyclable plastic, which means they can contaminate the enviroment and hurt wildlife easily. Straws tend to have an average lifespan of about 20 minutes in a drink, while they can last up to 500 years on our planet, so refuse them the next time you buy a drink.


Day three: Reject those freebies

Free pens, notepads, vouchers, stickers... do you NEED them? How will they improve your life? If the answer is that they won't or you already have one (like a pen) refuse a freebie, to show marketeers that we want sustainable alternatives when it comes to advertising.


Day four: Pack your lunch

Om nom nom. Us two LOVE food! We're always on the go, so to avoid getting hangry, we ensure we pack our food before we head out for the day. Taking our own food eliminates the need for single use packaging.

This is easier, if like me you have food intolerance, so need to know what is in what you eat.


Day five: Bring a water bottle


Fill it with water, squash or even prosecco if you're having one of those days...

We find having a bottle on us makes us drink more. We've sacrificed the bag space for it, so we may as well make the most of it!


Day six: Take a coffee away (in your own mug!)

Don't have a reusable coffee cup? Ask if you could purchase one in the cafe (most coffee chains now offer reusable cups with money off your hot drinks to encourage you to use them) or opt to sit down down and drink your coffee in a china mug.


Day seven: Have a single-use plastic free day

We put this one on day seven as you can combine everything you've done on the last six days to make this work.

Go on, you've got this!


Day eight: Make your own snack

Why not try protein snacks, a flapjack, nuts toasted in oils or homemade crisps?


Day nine: Buy or make a zero waste beauty product

We're not trying to say you don't already look incredible, because you sure do!

But the beauty industry fills our products with harmful chemicals, dyes and micro-plastics. Then they package them in non recyclable containers. Why not make your own or buy a bar of soap?


Day ten: Re-purpose something

Let your imagination run wild with this one!

Odd sock = friendly sock puppet

Holey t-shirt = new kitchen surface wipes

Old pillow case = new produce bag

Brown bananas = banana cake

Or maybe you just need to get round to fixing that button, zip, or hole in your clothes!


Charlotte Watkivs 
Zero Waste Life