Welcome to our Zero Waste Household Guide – Today’s subject: Bedrooms
These are the solutions we’ve come up with for our own families over the past few years. We’re working our way around a typical house, room-by-room. You can see our list of basic first steps towards a zero waste home here. If you’re just starting the shift towards zero waste living, we recommend picking just one step. Make one change, and make it your own. Once that has become second nature, move on to a second step. Move at a pace that works for you, grant yourself amnesty for the times when you fall short of your own goals, and remember that your own goals are the ones that matter – Leave the judging and competitive eco-sainthood race behind. Make one change that brings you more joy with less waste, and we promise you’ll be motivated to try another, and another…
Without further ado, here are our bedroom tips – Please share your own solutions in the comments below so we can grow this resource for everyone.
Kid Bedroom and Playroom
- If you already have plastic organizers for your kids’ toys and other belongings, keep using them! The longer they spend out of our landfills, incinerators, and oceans, the better. If you’re in the market for new bins or containers, consider baskets from natural materials (check Freecycle, thrift stores, and garage sales), decorated cardboard boxes, etc.
- Liberate your children from uncomfortable clothing and too many choices. Stick with things they’ll really wear, then pass along other pieces to friends, neighbors, a local clothing bank, or charity. Stash a special occasion outfit or two away where it can’t be worn for play. Cover stains and rips with patches, let your kids look like kids did back in the days when we all walked uphill both ways to school, carrying our best friend’s tuba.
- Teach your children to curate their belongings, keeping those things that are meaningful, useful, well-made, and beautiful. Remember that creative play does not require mountains of toys, just a head full of ideas and time to bring them to life. Give your children permission to pass along gifts that aren’t their favorites, and give them space to play with what does interest them, combined however they see fit.
- Pare your clothing down to what you truly like and wear. To get clear on what you really need, turn all of the hangers in your closet backwards. When you wear something, put that hanger back in facing the usual direction. At the end of each season, give away or repurpose whatever you haven’t worn – If you didn’t wear that dress this summer, you’re not going to wear it next, either. Find it a new home!
- Wear your clothes out! Don’t be afraid to wear the same clothes, the pieces you really love, until they’re simply worn out. For inspiration, check out the Uniform Project , a “1 dress for 365 days” experiment that morphed into something much more and Estonian designer Reet Aus sustainable fashions at Trash to Trend.
- Use sheets of natural fibers that can be repurposed into a variety of things and finally composted when they wear too thin for any other use.
- Interested in bringing a zero waste perspective to your sex life? Check out this article for details.
- If you’re still looking for zero waste bedroom ideas, please visit our Trash Backwards app, where we have an entire section devoted to bedroom and bath reduce, reuse, recycle ideas:
What zero waste bedroom tips would you like to share? Please let us know – We’ll keep adding to this list!