Zero waste is a very dramatic term. A term that I don’t necessarily follow to a tee at all. Like most Americans, I have found myself producing an unsettling amount of trash on a daily basis. A lot of this trash is totally unnecessary, and I thought that maybe I could see what I could do to reduce it as much as I could.
This urge to reduce my waste is something that has been culminating for years. I once saw a video of a sea turtle having a straw pulled out of his nose that was absolutely horrific. I also found out that in 2050 there will be more trash in our oceans than fish, which is terrible. I believe that this planet can not sustain the abuse that it has been receiving for so long. I want to try my best to stop contributing to the destruction of this planet, and start being a part of the solution.
By no means do I plan to go 100% zero waste. There are plenty of things in my life that I can’t see myself going without, and I think that’s perfectly okay. There is no room for snobbery and gate-keeping in the zero waste community. And to intimidate people by criticizing the level at which people commit only dissuades potential help.
The fact of the matter is that anything we do to lessen our waste will make an impact, so don’t be afraid to give it a shot. This is not an “all or nothing” activity and any amount helps. I’m starting slow, but I want to see how far I can take it.
There are a handful of changes that we have made. For example: We have stopped using paper towels except for pat drying raw meat. We’ve started buying bulk goods and putting them in jars that we’ve brought from home (more on this later). We’ve stopped using straws at restaurants and I now carry stainless steel straws in my purse and diaper bag. We’ve also started using bar soap for out body and hair as well as making my own face wash, conditioner, and hair mask.
These are just a few of the changes we have made and I am continually looking for new ideas on how to live with less waste. I want to do my part in making the planet a better place and I want to share that journey with the world.