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A lot of people doing a little to reduce waste at home can add up to a big impact. This list of zero waste projects for the home are easy to both make and implement. I created this list to help those get started on the zero-waste journey. It is something my family is slowly moving towards as every little bit helps.
What are Zero Waste Projects?
Zero waste projects can be anything from upcycling an item to be used in a different way than it was originally intended. An example would be upcycling a T-shirt into a headband. Another Zero-waste project is making a new product that replaces something disposable. Think of makings a reusable kitchen sponge instead of those disposable ones. Any project that reduces waste in the home is welcome on this list.
Some of the projects may take a few minutes while some take a few hours, especially if painting is involved. They are all easy enough for beginners to tackle and even easier to incorporate into a zero-waste lifestyle. As I find projects that are worthwhile I will continue to grow this list to help us all.
40+ Easy Zero Waste Projects for the Home
Simple DIY projects you can do at home to make progress toward a zero waste lifestyle.
This cute zero waste project helps you keep your skin clean and soft while helping the environment. These reusable makeup remover pads are soo soft on my skin and were so simple to make that you can make a bunch at once. It is an easy to follow step by step tutorial with pictures and video.
Lotion often comes in plastic containers, and the ingredients inside can be harmful to your body. Solid lotion bars only take a few minutes to make. Toss them in your bag for quick access to softer skin everywhere you go.
If you have chickens or other livestock, you know that feed sacks can add up quickly. Basic sewing skills can turn them into useful tote bags. The material is sturdy and perfect for shopping at the farmer's market or taking to the pool.
There are a million ways to repurpose pallet wood, but have you considered adding it to your craft room? This quilt batting holder keeps batting off the floor but accessible when you need it. It looks pretty cool too!
Paper towels are expensive, and it seems like we are always running out. These zero waste unpaper towels were an easy switch for my family to use. They reach for them to dry hands after washing, clean up spills, and more!
I got tired of finding those little dryer sheets everywhere and the waste it was creating. I decided to make some reusable homemade dryer sheets to help me create less waste. They are easy to make and can customize them with scents your family prefers.
Did you know you can make your own hairspray?! It's news to me but makes perfect sense for moving toward a zero waste lifestyle. Buy the spray bottle once, or better yet, repurpose one you already have.
Laundry detergent is one of the biggest culprits of waste with its large, plastic containers. Whip up some detergent that is gentle for you, your family and the environment. Start your Zero waste journey today.
I have come to love my soap holder. No more dropping the soap or wondering where it is. I didn't know I needed this until I made it and started using it. It's such an easy sewing project that beginners can do it in minutes.
With everyone trying to reduce their plastic waste the grocery store is a great place to start your zero waste journey. Just make you a few of these easy pillowcase bag upcycles that help you ditch the plastic.
This tutorial for snack pouches makes the perfect size for hauling small bites. Think pretzels and nuts. You kids will love finding these in their lunch, especially if you make them with a fun patterned fabric.
Stop using plastic bags to keep your bread. I show you how to make a reusable bready bag to help you on your zero waste journey. Cook that delicious fresh bread and store it in the reusable bread bag you make.
Now you have plenty of zero-waste projects that you can work on. Don’t overwhelm yourself and just try to tackle a couple at a time. I have found that when I am on a zero-waste sewing kick I can knock out two or three of the projects in no time flat. Some of you may be able to do some of these even quicker if you have everything you need on hand.
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