I’ve shared in a couple previous posts about my excitement around the Zero Waste Movement, but I wanted to dive into the topic a little more since I’ve been on a research train for about a month.
Over the last five years, I’ve certainly been more mindful in the sustainability realm, but never to quite this extent. There wasn’t really an “aha” moment, but when I think about the future, I want to live as simply, healthy, and remarkably as possible.
For me that means reducing waste, living minimally, traveling often, and being mindful in every single thing I do (purchase) and say.
Here are some nuggets I’ve learned ever since I saw this girl who has no more than a mason jar of trash from the last five years.
>> We throw away about four pounds of trash per day. The toxicity of landfills pollute both the air and our soil, which leads to water + ocean contamination and many more complex issues.
>> Plastic is killing animals like dolphins, turtles, and sea lions. It is devastating to watch videos and see photos of these animals with dozens of plastic trinkets in their stomachs after they die (sorry, it is kind of graphic, but the problem is real).
>> You can make almost everything on your own like deodorant, toothpaste, cleaners, laundry detergent, etc. Check out Trash is for Tossers’ videos for some inspiration.
>> Shopping at the farmers markets is a great way to get produce, especially since they don’t put stickers on all of the fruits + veggies that get thrown away. And… #buylocal. 🙂
>> It’s easy + fairly inexpensive to stock up on reusable goods. I have bamboo cutlery I can use when I’m out and about, glass containers (avoid plastic as often as possible when it comes to food + drinking), and bags to throw my produce in, rather than the ones in the produce section.
>> Try composting. My first bin didn’t work out for the space I have, so I’ve been trying to find an option that will suit the condo living.
There are so many ways to be a mindful consumer, however it does require thinking (which sounds silly to say). We’ve been so trained in our society to hit “buy now” or not really think about the long-term impacts of our purchases.
If there’s a growing demand for less waste in packaging, less chemicals in our products, or better working conditions for people who make our clothing, businesses will shift or die. We have to keep moving the needle together.
What have you done to minimize your waste? Is this on your radar? I would love to hear about your journey!