I am in the awkward stage of creating a zero waste lifestyle for myself. For me it begins with simplifying and purging the excess of my life. Right now I am creating more recycling and garbage than ever before. It is rather disheartening but a necessary evil. I need to get to a starting point. I need the proverbial clean slate.
I am prioritizing my need for disposable and single use items and all other items I bring into my life.
Do I need this item?
Can I make a reusable alternative for this item?
Can I buy a reusable/recyclable/bulk version of this item?
Can I get this item with little or no packaging?
Sometimes I am scared to ask these questions. Sometimes these questions lead hard to hear answers because it means changing. Sometimes I am worried the answer will cost me more money (I am on a very tight budget) even if it saves me money long term. Sometimes the changes that come with the answers to these questions take time to implement. Other times there is no good answer because of the available resources in my community.
So I am being aware. I am paying attention to what I am doing, noticing what I am using, what I am buying, what I am throwing away. I am making notes and making changes to everything that matters to me on my green journey.
I am purging my excess in the most environmentally friendly and responsible ways I can.
I am changing my diet to reduce waste, eat local and eat more organic.
I am continuing to reduce the amount of chemicals I bring into my home and use on my body.
I am trying to make more things from scratch.
I am trying to replace disposable items with reusable alternatives.
I am biking or walking everywhere unless a friend gives me a drive. (Hooray for carpooling!)
I am collecting and using a decent amount of greywater to water plants in my house and garden and I am almost exclusively flushing my toilet with greywater.
I am reducing how much potable water I use.
I am working on reducing my power usage by turning off, unplugging and replacing items that use electricity with items that do not.
I am trying to put up food as fast as possible to reduce spoilage. I am also buying fewer items with greater frequency to waste less. When food does spoil I compost it.
It is an experience filled with bumps and giggles, disappointments and crazy little triumphs that would make other people look at you funny. Basically I am throwing green ideas at the wall and seeing what sticks as habits. I’ll keep trying until I get it all figured out.
I want to brag about producing only a jar of garbage after an insane amount of time has past. Tell me that would not be epic!?