Every one of our daily choices affect the world as a whole. The products and brands we support, the method of transportation we choose, and the diet we consume. It’s all connected on a major scale.
It can take years to shift out of the “norm” of fast fashion and compulsively buy new, trendy items. This is a paradigm shift, actually.
Wherever you are now in your journey I encourage you to take a look at your daily waste. Notice where you create the most waste and brainstorm about how you can reduce your waste, or even upcycle it!
This is a NO-JUDGEMENT ZONE.
Please don’t be hard on yourself for the choices you’ve made in the past. Instead, aim to do better tomorrow and contribute to your community in any way you can.
How to make the shift into zero-waste living
Mother Nature is so good to us. She provides all the necessities to human existence from fresh air and exquisite living conditions, to clean drinking water and whole foods. It’s our duty to nourish her in return.
True, we don’t all have a huge reach outside of our inner circle. So, the question becomes: how can I make a difference?
4 words: Think globally, act locally.
- Check out your local bulk food store and support them for reducing waste.
- BYOB – bring your own bag to your shopping trips.
- Buy second hand as often as possible. You can even organize a clothing-swap party with friends to change your wardrobe a couple times a year.
- Stop putting produce in plastic. Is it really necessary to put those fresh herbs or 4 apples into a single-use plastic bag? Rethink what needs to go into plastic the next time you pick up your groceries.
- Learn about what can actually be recycled, and what cannot. If possible, get into composting a give back to the Earth that way!
- Stop buying foods that come in single-use packaging whenever possible. This is a “vote-with-your-dollars” kinda situation. If you start spending your money on products that are ethical and environmentally friendly, you support that brand to continue doing business.
- Some bulk food shops will loan you glass jars to take home, and when you return the jars they give you back $1.
- Say no to “to-go” options. I see it every day when people walk-into a cafe and order a paper cup with coffee, a cup cozy and a plastic lid… then proceed to sit and drink IN the cafe. Why? Why not order your hot beverage in a ceramic cup and enjoy in the cafe, or better yet, bring your own tumbler mug!
- Bring your reusable water bottle wherever you go. If space is an issue, there are some great brands that make collapsible bottles which are lightweight and fit in your pockets. We are so lucky here in North America that most tap water is potable. If not, you can pick up a small filter or purifier like the portable Santevia Alkaline Stick and store it in your bottle.
- Remember, though the initial investment of bottles and alkaline sticks can be pricey, the long-term is FAR less expensive and you’re leaving a way bigger impact on the health of our planet.
- Throw cigarette butts in the garbage or an ashtray. There are even little smelly-proof pocket-ashtrays by Brain Garden you can carry with you and empty when you find a garbage can.
- Finally, do research on ethical brands for items you’re interested in purchasing. A quick Google search before buying will give plenty of info on the best clothing brands, as well as other items you may need!
The fate of the world is in our hands.
So, what about the plastic problem?
Well, there are MANY solutions. The major one is to reduce your plastic consumption in the first place. The more we demand for companies to change the way the package goods, the less waste there will be.
Check out this amazing open-source idea by the creators of Precious Plastic. They’re changing the way we recycle around the world – truly revolutionary!