Marie Forleo introduction


I'm Avital.

You want a present, peaceful and playful family life? I'm here to help you make that a reality.

read more

Zero Waste with Kids

The journey to zero waste may be a long one, for us. Whilst I’ve always been pretty minimalistic (ISH) we still generate a lot of garbage in our house. Food packages, wipes, all manner of paper goods.

I’ve been SO inspired by Bea Johnson and her family of four who only produce one jar of waste per year, and I’ve been trying hard to make some major adjustments in our home.



The Zero Waste movement preaches the following 5 steps in moving towards zero waste.

Let’s take a look at just some of the ways to implement the five R’s with young children at home.


20 Ways to Start


  1. Involve you children
    Children are often naturally happy to protect our earth when they’re exposed to the right information by a passionate adult. Often it’s children who spearhead the eco-friendliness of a family. If you haven’t started out this way, gently take your family on an inspiring journey of education…  something you learn about and make changes together. I particularly recommend watching The Story of Stuff and some of the Zero Waste Story.
  2. Declutter BIG time
    When you have less items in your home you get to really see and enjoy the things you have, and you become far more discerning and precise about bringing in new items. Ultimately, one of the biggest steps to reducing waste is consuming less in general, generating the need for less “stuff” being created.
  3. Model Living With Less
    Your children need to see your passion and enthusiasm for mindfully reducing your consumption. They need to have your thought process deconstructed so that they understand that you, too, possess the desire for more. But you have alternative means of meeting that desire.For this, use “deep modeling” a term I learned from Alfie Kohn, which exposes to children the behind-the-scenes thought process. So, rather than just “I won’t be getting a new dress for Christmas” try: “I would so love a new dress for Christmas. I’ve seen pictures in catalogues that have made me feel like my dress from last year is no longer “cool”. But, when I think about the materials, fuel and manpower that goes into the new dress – plus the expense – I start to wonder how else I might meet the need. Perhaps, I will buy one from a second hand store so that I don’t contribute to heightened manufacturing. Or I might make a change to my one from last year so it feels new. Or maybe I’ll create a new look through hair and makeup.” etc.
  4. Buy gender Neutral
    If you have more than one child, or plan to have more, this is a great tip for you. Buying gender neutral, whenever possible, is a great way of ensuring your items last longer. I’m not just talking about clothes, although that’s great too – consider the amount of toys, lunch boxes, bags, shoes, helmets, bikes, linen, towels… not to mention furniture – that is “gendered”. Just for the record – I don’t believe there’s any such thing as “toys for girls/ boys” (kitchens and dolls are for boys, cars and climbing are equally for girls) – but culture has conditioned us to seek items in the pink aisle or in the red/black aisle exclusively. Buying as much as possible to be relevant and interesting to both genders will reduce your need to double up.
  5. Buy Multi Purpose
    Another cultural conditioning our friends at Commercialism Inc. have convinced us of is that we need a new product for each and every age, stage and season of our children’s lives and development. A pacifier? A bottle? A bike? A stroller? A bed? With each of these items we’re told that our children need a new product every few weeks, months and years. But there are strollers that are useful from age zero through three (or more). There are beds that grow with your child late into childhood. And do we really need a baby bottle, sippy cup, straw cup, stage one cup… etc? How is it that most of us went directly from nursing to a regular old… cup?
  6. Buy Second Hand
    We need to get over our collective heebjeebies over buying pre-loved items. Toys are an especially great thing to buy second hand. We have bought our playmobil, lego, wooden blocks, bikes and some clothes from second hand stores or on eBay and benefited from three major advantages:
    First, when you buy toys second hand, they were often manufactured to higher standards than today’s flimsy plastics. Take Fisher Price, for example, buying a second hand Fisher Price dollhouse seems to be made from a far sturdier, more durable plastic than the newer version.
    Second hand means you’ve saved the planet from yet more manufacturing and packaging.
    Third. We save $$$.
  7. Use the Library
    Often there’s the underlying notion that if it’s good, we should own it. Or even that it’s only good IF we own it. If you have a library, it’s a wonderful opportunity to access books, videos, music and often more without purchasing them.
  8. Swap with friends
    Receiving and giving hand-me-downs is so gratifying to both giver and receiver, and makes for a great way to reduce waste. If your children are tired of their toys, swap with a friend for a little while, rather than buying more.
  9. Avoid Stores
    Especially with little kids. Stores are perfectly designed to make us feel inadequate and to push us to covet yet more. Look at all these shiny things! Going into a big box store with kids, especially a toy store, is it’s own special brand of nightmare. Kids are susceptible (as are adults) to feeling lesser-than if they don’t acquire yet more. And when they start to whine at us parents (an effect literally coined and exploited by marketers as “pester power”), we don’t stand a chance. Why would a recovering alcoholic walk into a bar?
  10. Say no to freebies
    Our children are inundated with cheapo freebies all the time. From the bank to birthday parties, the dentist to Sunday School. Let’s teach out children the power of saying no to yet more stuff we do. not. need.
  11. Say no to plastic
    This one is so hard. Plastic is everywhere! But it’s a pretty awful substance for our bodies and for the environment. One of the easiest places to say no to plastic is the playroom. Buying wooden or steel toys, or at least a higher quality of plastic (such as lego) is a good place to start. See the impact Plastic Pollution has on our oceans and what we can do about by visiting Sloactive’s guide here.
  12. Focus on Function – purchase the same object
    When you are buying for more than one child this is especially true. We want to focus on the functionality of the design, not merely on it’s decor and embellishments. Buying shoes, bikes, clothes, gear… all of these should look pretty much the same between children, with a focus on high quality, durability and function. Rather than having the latest faddy character plastered all over it. When you buy the glow-in-the-dark flashlight ninja turtle shoes, you’re creating an obsession with the external decor of the item, which quickly tires as the child moves on to their next obsession. Plus, a sibling might want the same, even though their shoes are perfectly fine, just for the image. When shoes are just shoes, there’s no need to buy them just “because”.
  13. Cloth Diaper/ Early Potty Train
    Diapers, of any sort, are pretty detrimental to the environment. But most places benefit from it’s inhabitants using cloth diapers rather than disposables (not true for places with extreme draught). Still, the most eco-friendly diaper is no diaper. So early potty training is best for baby and best for the earth.
  14. Compost
    It’s easier than you think. And it doesn’t stink. Go for it!
  15. Ditch disposables
    See 14.
  16. Refuse Gifts
    Explain to Gram and Gramps what it is you’re trying to do and ask for their support by gifting you – if they’re so inclined – with non-physical gifts. Tickets to shows, subscriptions to online media, audio books, or memberships to museums work just great.
  17. Move to Digital
    As soon as your child is reading chapter books, get them a digital reader and save $$ and paper!
  18. Use simple, natural remedies
    Coconut oil and baking soda are staples in our home. Much of what we used to buy in plastic containers is no longer necessary. Look up home recipes for cleaning materials, for shampoo and conditioner, for cream… It’s so much healthier and an easy way to reduce waste.
  19. Bathe little kids together to save water
  20. Replace snacks with fruit
    Beyond the benefits of reduces sugar and processed foods (win!) this will also reduce your package waste. I know this is so hard, but we can do it! (I think!)


Does all this resonate with you? is there something here you’re willing to try? What are your tips for reducing waste? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

You may also like...

Create a marriage you LOVE with the partner you've got! ⁣

Parent in love to create family bliss.⁣

Are you joining us? We begin July 1st. Check out Parent In Love >> Link in bio @parentingjunkie ⁣

#parentinlove #peacefulpartnering #parentingtogether #mindfulmarriage #familybliss #loveparenting #loveparentingwithhim #loveparentingwithher

There's still time to slide right in! With just 24 hours left, all you need to do is sign up now (for $0)'ll have another 14 days to decide! #ParentInLove Link in bio @ParentingJunkie ( ...

Now look, we’re all tired of the over-inflated results that course creators are flaunting on the interwebs. We’re all suspicious of online courses actually delivering on all their bloated promises. So if you think, “Bah, just another expensive course I don’t need” - I feel you, I do. I take the same wary approach when buying new programs. ⁣

But that’s why I want to share real human beings from all walks of life who have actually been through this course and received meaningful and priceless renewals in their relationships. ⁣

Like Chelsea, who remarked: “When I joined Parent in Love, I was ready to give up on my marriage. Today, my marriage has had a complete overhaul! It's practically a different marriage altogether.”⁣

Or Tanya, who reported: "This course has ABSOLUTELY TRANSFORMED our marriage, our family life, and my own personal growth journey! We still fight, but the fights are fewer and we tend to make up quicker and in front of the kids now!"⁣

And here's what Jonna said: "I have tools that give me hope and I know how to start resolving our conflicts. I have started to notice how my own shift of thoughts changes the whole atmosphere in our home, not only between me and my hubby but with the kids also."⁣

Check out my IGTV for more amazing success stories.⁣

Parent In Love is a 6-month deep-dive online program that will transform your marriage from the inside out. ⁣

Check it out!⁣
LINK IN BIO @parentingjunkie ⁣

Ever find yourself waiting for your partner to change? Sometimes, it feels easier alone. ⁣

As much as you want and need the support - I know sometimes it can just feel easier to run your home on your own. ⁣

No one criticizing. ⁣
No one judging. ⁣
No one commenting. ⁣
No one watching. ⁣
No one adding to your to-do list with their needs.⁣
No one irritating you.⁣

Ah. Bliss. ⁣

But did you ever have these thoughts only to then think: "Yikes! That's not really what I want, is it? What's wrong with me? What's wrong with us!?"⁣

And what has waiting for your partner to change gotten you so far? ⁣

Stop waiting... ⁣

You deserve to have a happy marriage, and your kids deserve to have happy parents. ⁣

And don't wait on your partner, because the Parent In Love program is DESIGNED to be done alone - so that YOU can focus on what YOU can change: yourself.⁣

Your partner will necessarily be affected by the changes you make - because that's how relationships work, we're intertwined like that. ⁣

So TAKE A BREAK trying to change your partner right now, and finally, start to see some real transformation. ⁣

Psst... Your partner doesn't even have to KNOW you're doing the program - not that I'm suggesting you hide this from them, especially if you two are used to discussing financial investments you make - but I DO want you to know that many members have gone through Parent In Love WITHOUT letting their partners know about it. ⁣

And what happened? ⁣

Well, typically their partner would suddenly begin to NOTICE a profound (wonderful!) shift in their relationship and wonder "what's going on?!" ⁣

If you really want to take this program but you're struggling to work through their concerns, especially about the $ investment, I've provided scripts to help you have those important conversations with confidence. ⁣

Get the free Make It Happen PDF in the >>> FAQ >> (link in bio @parentingjunkie) #parentinlove

This error message is only visible to WordPress admins
There has been a problem with your Instagram Feed.
Add a Comment


2 Replies to “Zero Waste with KIDS: 20 Ways to Start”

  1. I was wondering how you’re doing with this. I have been trying for months and we’re having some problems. We live in the North of England, so there aren’t that many choices. But we have reduced our waste at about 60% less. Since our toddler has always been in cloth nappies, cloth wipes and the moon cup for me the rest has been easy. But I find it so hard to say no to my two year old when she really wants a balloon and she’s in tears. Because we’re at a party or things like that.
    I wonder how is it going for you. My friends always notice our daughter snacks and our beeswax wraps and that we have our own containers when we go to barbecues and stuff, but it doesn’t seem like many people are that interested.

  2. Same here: how to avoid and say no to the party favors? We have an almost 5-year old and a 3-year old and they are always so excited about those. How to handle that when all kids are having it and thay are the only ones who don’t?

Comments are closed.