I’ve gotten so many questions about my zero waste lifestyle, I figured I write a post about it. The most common question I get asked is why do I do it? Well, I do it because I’m a tree-hugging hippie of course. Well at least that what everyone things when I tell them I try (Try being a key work here) to life a life without producing trash. Honestly, I do it because I want to create a better world for my son. I want to inspire him as well as others to live a more sustainable life. Wow, I guess they’re right, I am a tree -hugging hippie.
So what is zero waste?
There are a ton of different ways to interpret what a “zero waste lifestyle” is. To make it easy I’m going to define it as living a sustainable lifestyle, as well as being conscious of the impact you have on the environment.
I want to stress that it’s impossible to live completely zero waste. This lifestyle isn’t all of nothing. If you’re interested in transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle it’s important to take baby steps and to not be too hard on yourself. I’m including a list of a few things you can do to start transitioning to a more sustainable life.
Is zero waste difficult?
People are constantly telling me they couldn’t possibly be zero waste simply because it’s too hard. The truth is that this lifestyle is incredibly easy and simple. It just requires a little more planning ahead. I’ve found that living this was really helped minimize my stress, as well as save me money. Since I try to avoid things in packaging, I save a ton of money because I’m not paying the markups companies charge. I encourage everyone to try living zero waste of five days. I’m sure you’ll be surprised by how easy it is.
5 Things you can do right now towards zero waste
- Ditch the single use plastic straws use a glass straw instead
- Bring your own shopping bag
- Get a reusable coffee cup
- Say no to plastic water bottles get a reusable one instead
- Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones
If you’re ready to dive deeper into the rabbit hole here are a few more things you can do 😉
- Switch your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one
- Use cloth produce bags at the grocery store
- Ditch the body wash, instead use a bar of soap
I’ve including links to all of my favorite zero waste products! If you’re interested in this lifestyle and would like to learn more check out trash is for tossers. This site is run my Lauren Singer. She’s absolutely amazing, and one of my biggest inspirations.
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