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Going zero-waste with a family does require a little more creativity.  

Parents face a little bump - no longer can they shop for just themselves; they have little humans to consider, too.  

So, how can you be zero-waste, with a family? We promise, LYLA fam, it's not impossible.  

And before you read these tips remember, you are already doing your best and have a lot on your plate as a parent. Any effort you can make is amazing 😊  

 

Why you should try going  zero-waste 

The world is facing a big waste problem - it needs our help. Yes, even little, small steps make a difference.  

Going zero-waste, or at the very least cutting down your waste allows you to do your bit to help the collective effort. 

Here are some hints and tips.  
 

Teach them your ways  

First things first, we have to make this zero-waste lifestyle last a lifetime.  

So, teach your children about the environment, and why it's so important.  

These formative years are so important and shape your little humans more than you'll know.  

Sure, we might not feel wiser or mature - but we have so much knowledge to give the young ones. Teach your little munchkins about the importance of the planet, and why it's important to help our earth.  

Practice what you preach, too. They soak in a lot of habits just from watching.  

 
 

Change up your kitchen 

Start with baby steps, and start changing your kitchen. This is for convenience sake.  

It's so much easier to be waste-free if you live in a sustainable household.  

So, start filling up those jars, and stock up on reusable items.  

 
 

Presents 

You don't want to deprive your children, especially on special days.  

Why is every kid toy wrapped in a tonne of plastic, though?  

One way to get around this is to buy second hand and look for zero-waste items.  

For instance, a lot of books, teddy bears, and wooden toys are zero-waste and will last a long period.  

How you choose to compromise is up to you, but try to avoid any unnecessary toys. You know, the ones they'll outgrow in a few months? 

There are also some fantastic subscription toy companies popping up like Whirli that allow you to share toys on a subscription.  - https://whirli.com/ 

 
 

Trash free lunches 

Ah, school lunches - the struggle for many zero-waste families.  

Try your best to start purchasing non-disposable alternatives, and zero-waste items.  

No more food bags - instead go for reusable Tupperware, and wood utensils.  

If you can, homemade food helps in terms of reducing packaging (prepped in advance when you have spare time).  

 
 

Homework  

Actually, homework and assignments are increasingly becoming digital. Which is great for a zero-waste home.  

Of course, education is a priority - just try to use less paper, wherever possible. Obviously, always recycle any paper you no longer need or want.  

 
 

Shop zero-waste  

Instilling the importance of zero-waste is easy if you shop zero-waste.  

Soon, your family will not know of plastic-wrapped pasta or disposable hygiene products.  

Shop zero-waste, and you'll build up an eco-friendly home (and a family). Like with everything related to families, take it one step at a time and you'll do an amazing job.  

 
 

Do you have any tips you can share with us? Waste-free families are so creative and inspiring - we'd love to hear from some of you. 

 

 

Going zero-waste with a family does require a little more creativity.  

Parents face a little bump - no longer can they shop for just themselves; they have little humans to consider, too.  

So, how can you be zero-waste, with a family? We promise, LYLA fam, it's not impossible.  

And before you read these tips remember, you are already doing your best and have a lot on your plate as a parent. Any effort you can make is amazing 😊  

 

Why you should try going  zero-waste 

The world is facing a big waste problem - it needs our help. Yes, even little, small steps make a difference.  

Going zero-waste, or at the very least cutting down your waste allows you to do your bit to help the collective effort. 

Here are some hints and tips.  
 

Teach them your ways  

First things first, we have to make this zero-waste lifestyle last a lifetime.  

So, teach your children about the environment, and why it's so important.  

These formative years are so important and shape your little humans more than you'll know.  

Sure, we might not feel wiser or mature - but we have so much knowledge to give the young ones. Teach your little munchkins about the importance of the planet, and why it's important to help our earth.  

Practice what you preach, too. They soak in a lot of habits just from watching.  

 
 

Change up your kitchen 

Start with baby steps, and start changing your kitchen. This is for convenience sake.  

It's so much easier to be waste-free if you live in a sustainable household.  

So, start filling up those jars, and stock up on reusable items.  

 
 

Presents 

You don't want to deprive your children, especially on special days.  

Why is every kid toy wrapped in a tonne of plastic, though?  

One way to get around this is to buy second hand and look for zero-waste items.  

For instance, a lot of books, teddy bears, and wooden toys are zero-waste and will last a long period.  

How you choose to compromise is up to you, but try to avoid any unnecessary toys. You know, the ones they'll outgrow in a few months? 

There are also some fantastic subscription toy companies popping up like Whirli that allow you to share toys on a subscription.  - https://whirli.com/ 

 
 

Trash free lunches 

Ah, school lunches - the struggle for many zero-waste families.  

Try your best to start purchasing non-disposable alternatives, and zero-waste items.  

No more food bags - instead go for reusable Tupperware, and wood utensils.  

If you can, homemade food helps in terms of reducing packaging (prepped in advance when you have spare time).  

 
 

Homework  

Actually, homework and assignments are increasingly becoming digital. Which is great for a zero-waste home.  

Of course, education is a priority - just try to use less paper, wherever possible. Obviously, always recycle any paper you no longer need or want.  

 
 

Shop zero-waste  

Instilling the importance of zero-waste is easy if you shop zero-waste.  

Soon, your family will not know of plastic-wrapped pasta or disposable hygiene products.  

Shop zero-waste, and you'll build up an eco-friendly home (and a family). Like with everything related to families, take it one step at a time and you'll do an amazing job.  

 
 

Do you have any tips you can share with us? Waste-free families are so creative and inspiring - we'd love to hear from some of you.