To make my transition to Zero Waste living easier, I have taken full advantage of the multitude of apps that are available. These apps are important tools that I have found great value in. They have saved me a lot of time and frustration as well as helped me discover new places and ways to make this lifestyle work where I live.
I've mentioned Yelp before as a great way to find locations that offer bulk options. Though it's not 100% in locating every single bulk location, it does help me find a lot of them. One feature that I truly love is being able to see pictures that others have uploaded for a specific location. This shows what the stores have to offer. It's important that, in order for this app to become more useful, we review and upload pictures of bulk locations as we find them. This will help others find these locations in the future. You can also use this app to locate thrift stores.
Buying secondhand is always a preferred plan A when needing something. Buying secondhand saves you tons of money and prevents new items from entering the waste stream. You can also utilize this app to sell or give away unwanted items. Here's a weird example of how great this app is, I recently found someone willing to give me free sawdust that I can use for my kitty litter boxes. No packaging and completely no cost!
Patronizing local farmer's markets is one of the best ways to avoid food packaging and minimize the travel footprint of the food you buy. Not to mention, it just adds a new level of meaning and gratification to your weekly shopping. This app will help you locate farmer's markets near you! The app just works for iPhone users but also has a web page so that non iPhone users can utilize this wonderful tool as well.
Even though the idea of zero waste is to minimize our recycling as well as our waste, we will still have things that cannot be avoided and will need to be recycled. An example? Light bulbs. iRecycle is a wonderful tool from Earth911 that shows you where you can recycle specific items in your area. This app is truly a life saver. Some things can be a huge hassle and almost not worth it when it comes to finding somewhere that will responsibly take it. This app eliminates that frustration and gets you a location immediately.
Have a lot of stuff you'd like to get rid of but don't want to send it to a landfill? Use an app like Letgo to not only find a new owner for your unwanted items but also make money on them!
There are several apps available that do this sort of thing. Some other options are Varagesale, Wallapop, and Ebay.
Instagram is a wonderful source for inspiration. There are several individuals that post easy tips and tricks on how to implement easy zero waste changes in your life. Go to the hashtag "#zerowaste" and have fun surfing through all of the wonderful accounts!
Pinterest is another great place for inspiration. You can find many wonderful DIYs, How-Tos, and recipes for beginning a zero waste life. Want to find a recipe for zero waste toothpaste? There's about a dozen or more on this site alone from all of your favorite Zero Waste bloggers! Pinterest makes it easy to "pin" these articles that you find useful and return to them later for quick reference.