You don’t have to be a tree-hugger to help the planet
As I’ve grown older, I’ve become more aware of my impact on Earth. I would love to live as close to “zero waste” as possible and be as close to a minimalist as I can be. I’d love to live completely off of the land and consistently give back to the land. Too often though, I’m discouraged by the big task that these lifestyles entail. I mean really though! These aren’t “norms” in our wasteful society so it makes it much more difficult to adhere to. Think about it. When was the last time you went grocery shopping and left with ALL your products being free of single-use packaging? That has either never happened, partially happened or it has been a very long time.
It’s almost impossible to live completely Zero Waste in a Linear Economy but you can get pretty damn close. I’ve learned that Zero Waste is far more than creating less trash, it’s about being more mindful of our relationship with what is around us. When it all seems overwhelming, I remind myself that I can’t do everything but I can most definitely do SOMETHING to make a positive impact every single day.
Here are a few practical steps you can take to get started:
- Recycle and compost
- Thrift, thrift, thrift!
- Replace single-use plastic straws with reusable ones, like this cute little kit
- Decrease paper towel use by using cloth rags
- The germaphobe in me is still working on this one!
- Bring a cloth bag to carry your groceries and produce
- Shop at bulk grocery stores
- You can use glass jars or small cloth bags for your dry goods
- Before getting rid of something, ask yourself if that “something” can be repurposed. More often than not, it can!
- Bring your own mug / mason jar to Starbucks. I don’t normally drink coffee but I do know that Starbucks gives you a discount for bringing your own cup! It’s only about 10 cents per drink but if you drink coffee often, this can save you some money in the long run. Not only are you saving money but more importantly, you’re decreasing waste.
I still catch myself wanting to buy plastic cups and plates for those days when I’m too lazy to wash dishes. It’s obviously more convenient. Aside from having a negative impact on the environment though, you actually spend more money by using single-use disposables. One small, conscious decision after the other will lead to a high impact lifestyle!
TAKE ACTION: I challenge you to make TWO conscious efforts EVERY DAY to help make a positive impact around you! We can do it!