Do you feel overwhelmed and guilty about the amount of stuff you throw away? Maybe you secretly chuck stuff in a black plastic bag and hope nobody will notice.
Do you find yourself throwing too much food away each week? In fact, it's even worse than that, while you're throwing away food, one in nine people across the world go to bed hungry.
Are you concerned about what the future holds for your children and grandchildren? After all, it's predicted there will be food scarcity, water shortages, that we're already eating plastics in our foods and we're depleting finite resources.
I transferred these tips to my own lifestyle
by Susan Poku
My name is Rachelle and I've been helping people just like you reduce their waste since 2008.
Back in 2004 I witnessed an event that was my wake-up call. I saw, first hand, the fragility of the environment we live in, how everything can change in an instant and I was scared about the future. You see I was caught in flash flooding where 100 people had to be airlifted to safety. It was the biggest airlift since World War II. Fortunately, all that was lost was possessions and livelihoods, but in that moment, as I stood with my three-year-old daughter in my arms and wondered whether I'd ever see my husband alive again I reached a conclusion: Everything I had been reading about climate change was happening. Not in 50 years' time, but right now. Whether that was the right conclusion or not is beside the point; it was my catalyst for change and I decided to be part of the solution.
My family and I agreed to reduce our waste - after all, putting things in landfill is wasteful and can lead to problems. For example, a lot of the different materials that end up in landfills contain toxins that are eventually released and seep into the soil and groundwater. Landfill sites can release methane; a potent greenhouse gas. Plus, once something is buried, it's lost - what a waste of resources!
We made lots of mistakes, found huge obstacles to our progress and spent a lot of time researching the best options. In fact it took us 18 months of tireless efforts to get to where we wanted - accumulating just one bin of waste a year.
We felt good about our progress - we were finally making a difference, we were helping preserve finite resources and we found ourselves saving over £1500 per year!
Now I'm not telling you this to boast or make you feel bad, but because I'm so excited about the impact it had on our lives (no more panicking in the morning as you rush to get the bin out, no more concern if a collection is missed). That's why today I'm thrilled to reveal...
Imagine what your life will look like when:
- You no longer argue with your partner about who's turn it is to put the rubbish out
- You don't panic if, for some reason, you don't get a landfill collection one week, because there's plenty of space left in your bin
- You can look your children and grandchild in the eye and know you're done your bit
- You're saving £1500 per year - what will you spend that on - a holiday? Home improvements? A retirement fund?
Let me help you become a waste warrior the simple and quick way, in the comfort of your own home. In fact don't wait, let's play right now!
- Right now, why not take a fridge inventory - make a note of everything that needs using up in the next 24-48 hours and flip your fridge on its head - make the top shelf the 'eat me first' shelf so that you never have food waste again.
- If you're one of those people (like me!) who forget to take your reusable bags to the shops, make a dedicated space today - perhaps next to your car keys, in the car boot or in your bag or briefcase so that you're never without them again.
- And this one is a game changer - go and remove your kitchen bin. I dare you! You see, by removing the convenience of throwing something away you're setting yourself up for success. Replace the kitchen bin with a recycling container for an instant change in mindset.
You will find these tips and hundreds more inside the Waste Warriors course.
Set over 31 days, each day you'll get a five minute audio and a small challenge to complete. The course is designed to help you work smarter, not harder and I've deliberately made it short and to the point. Sure I could put together hourly audios, but I know you're already busy with endless commitments. I know that you'll appreciate I've cut the waffle and excess padding so that you can get straight to the bits that work and start making progress immediately.
Just think how your life will change after you've completed this course: no more guilt, no more overwhelm, no more mistakes (I'll make sure you learn from mine so you can get the results you need), you'll save money, sleep easier at night, get a warm fuzzy feeling from doing the right thing, be an inspiration to others (who knows, this could lead to a new career for you as a waste expert), the benefits are endless.
Take a look below to see an outline of the curriculum:
- Finding Facts and Figures
- Discovering your Big Why
- Getting Down and Dirty
- Becoming a pro recycler
- Here's a quick way to save £800 a year!
- Is it time for you to BOGOF?
- Delicious worms
- Closing the loop
- FREE BONUS lesson!
- All kinds of bags
- Have you got the bottle for this challenge?
- Straws suck!
- All about containers
- FREE bonus lesson!
- Let's wipe away wipes
- Making your own
- From bottles to bars and jars
- Zero Waste Toothcare
- Is a plastic free period possible?
- Cleaning your home
- Ditching disposables
- The postman always rings twice
- Make do and mend
- Giving and getting clothes
- Decluttering the zero waste way
- The good things in life
- FREE bonus lesson!
- It's the multicoloured Swap Shop!
- Zero Waste travel
- FREE bonus lesson!
- FREE bonus lesson!
- A waste free Christmas
- Armchair activism
- The final frontier
- Your feedback is important!
Rachelle Strauss is the founder of Zero Waste Week – an award winning annual awareness campaign that encourages householders, businesses and organisations to reduce waste and rethink ‘waste’ as a resource. Recognised by Prime Minister Theresa May for her campaign, Rachelle brings wisdom and expertise to her work and has the gift of making sustainable living relevant and fun for everyone. Her down-to-earth 'in the trenches together' approach, combined with her sense of humour provides a winning combination to engage and compel people to take meaningful action.
I'm ready to be a waste warrior