My Zero Waste Journey began in late 2017. I had seen “War on Waste”, which was followed by several life-events and media commentary that continued to chip away at my way of looking at things until I realized that I had to make a change. I felt anxious about the problems that were facing the world and the only way that I could calm myself was to take action. I had to make a physical, actionable change. I couldn’t find anyone that had any corporate or government power that was making a change, but at least I could change the small part of the problem.
I told my partner that we were going Zero Waste and then we did. we went Zero Waste and since that moment, neither of us have created one piece of trash and our lives are perfect……
Ok, so that isn’t exactly true, but he did agree to support me, and we began to make the change. We stopped using plastic bags, we got reusable water bottle and we made an effort to say no to straws and plastic cutlery. We changed the way we shop, and we changed the way we thought about shopping. We are different, and I like that. We still have a long way to go, but we are changing things as we run out of them, or things break, but we are making progress every day.
Over six months in, I can now say that my why is that it truly makes me feel good. every time a shop attendant asks me why I want to use my own container and wants to hear about my Zero Waste journey, it makes me feel like I am making a difference. Whenever a friend wants to hear about how I make less trash, or what I use for bin bags ( I don’t use anything for bin bags), I feel like maybe they might make a change in their own life. Whenever my mother tells me that she remembered her reusable grocery bags when she went shopping, or that she bought a reusable water bottle, well, I cannot even explain the joy that it brings me. That is my “why”.
I have realized that Zero Waste is my passion, my mission, my cause, this was always what I was meant to do. I haven’t figured it all out yet, but I know that I am excited to keep on learning and continue to reduce my waste. Why am I sharing this, well, this blog is all about tips and tricks, but it is also about my journey – and hopefully this is all something you can relate to. There are always going to be those that don’t understand this journey, but I promise, you are making more of a change than you realize.
I would love to hear about your “why”. Leave a comment below!