Zero waste is a serious blessing. Yes, I said it. I love how it encourages us to slow down, improve our health, help us save (a lot of) money and find better ways to shop for the stuff we need, like clothes. When we go down the zero waste rabbit hole, we start paying attention to things we’ve never questioned before. How every thing we do has an impact on our world. Fast fashion has a big one.
Congratulation on taking the time to research about Zero-Waste! You’re right where you need to be to start reducing your waste and save the world (over dramatic but barely ;)). I talk a lot about reducing waste and how to have a Zero-Waste (-ish) lifestyle and wanted to take the time to explain the general concept, the basics on what it really is, why it matters and how it works.
When it comes to Zero-Waste, our home and the way we shape it, influences tremendously our lifestyle. When I started to embrace a more eco-friendly lifestyle I noticed how the areas in the home that I had decluttered and reshaped to be eco-friendly where the most effective ones in term of reducing my waste. And after reading great books on the matter and learning from the best, I realized why.
- White Vinegar is definitely something that changed my life. I knew it’s a great product. I did not know how much it was. For any cleaning purposes, there’s a good chance vinegar will be the ingredient you need. I now use it to clean my windows, mirrors, grease, as a multi-purpose cleaner, stain remover, laundry softener… The possibilities are limitless.
As you’re making your way through a more minimalist, zero-waste lifestyle, one of the essential steps, is to make a few changes (at a time) and switch the plastic/disposable items you use with more sustainable alternatives. One of the first I did, was my bathroom. I analyzed what I had there and since the place was overcrowded an my boyfriend was moving in, I had to make room: I took a box, and took all the things I hadn’t used for over 6 months and… there was a lot!
When it comes to sustainability getting rid of straws was probably one of the hardest things to remove of my life. (And we sometimes still find ourselves accepting them..) Which is crazy for me to think about, as I was not using that much straws in my life when living in France.
I’m a huge fan of self-manipulation and auto-conditionnement. What is that? It’s the way for a person to push themselves into doing something different. It’s changing the way we think about certain issues. For instance, to stop eating junk food, I watch a series of movies about food quality such as Super Size Me or Food Inc., etc. Watching repeatedly documentaries, movies, and consuming content related to the issue helped me feel more immersed in the new lifestyle I wanted to move toward.
Like many of you, I’m an active urban millennial. I work +40 hours per week and most of the time I finish my day too tired to do much. Having an intense-wanna-do-everything-but-lack-the-energy-and-time-to-act type of person, I decided to gradually switch to a greener eco-friendly lifestyle. I reduce my waste at my own paste: slowly but surely.
There’s no small step when you’re doing the right thing.