What I am still using up – 2 years in.

I am almost 2 years into my Zero Waste Journey, and I thought it was time to do an update on what I am still using up from my pre-Zero Waste Life. If you want to check out the items that I needed to use up during my “Use it Up” Challenge, you can take a look at that here. Now, over a year on from that list, here is what I am still using up.

  1. Dental floss
    I have been trying to use up all of the opened dental floss containers that I had purchased since the beginning of this journey. I passed on all of the unopened ones to people who would use them, but the open ones, I decided to keep and use up, as it seemed the least wasteful. I floss every day, and I think I have finished one of the three containers that I kept.
  2. Pens
    Yes, I still have not run out of pens. Since my last update on this one, I have gone through 5 more pens, and there are probably still 20-30 left. I would absolutely love to get a refillable pen, but I honestly do not see that happening in the near future, as my pen pile seems to only grow. I refuse all new pens that I am offered, and I ensure that any that are left with me are returned to the owner; but if I find a pen when picking up trash or walking down the street, I do add it to my pile, as it is going to go into landfill if I don’t.
  3. Notebooks
    Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be able to write on all of the half-used notebooks in my house. When I began this journey, I had my heart set on getting a Rocketbook – a reusable notebook that can be wiped clean – but now, two years in, I have a different view. While I think Rocketbook is a great initiative and their product seems fantastic, I don’t think I actually need one. The notebooks I have will last for at least the next ten years, and after that, I am sure there are many pieces of paper that will pass through my home that I can repurpose for years to come after that. There is no need, for the foreseeable future, to purchase anything new.

 

Something that this has really reinforced for me is that we are really still connected to our hunter-gatherer days, where we store things in case they become scarce. But for me, it has become really important to break that habit and really question qhat I need, and how much of it.

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