Zero waste is not just a concept, it’s a way of life. It’s about viewing how we live and consume and what we value with a different eye. Today, many of us live in a throwaway society without question. We have adopted the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude when it comes to waste. We have been brainwashed into believing that we need all of the latest beauty products, cleaning products, kitchen gadgets, the list goes on. All of these said products are conveniently available to us at all times; and they are all individually packaged.
To live zero waste is to strive everyday to create no waste that will end up in landfills or incinerators. Similarly to also reduce the amount of waste we send for recycling as this is not always a reliable and efficient waste disposal system. To reduce our expenditure on items we don’t need and to reuse as much as we can. And also to compost wherever possible; food scraps, dryer lint, grass clippings etc.
So zero waste doesn’t necessarily mean creating no waste at all, it’s about reducing to only the most unavoidable waste and diverting it to the correct areas. It’s also about being aware of the amount of waste that is created for a product from start to finish and choosing what to purchase based on that. For example; buying your fresh produce from a local farmer rather than a supermarket who sources their product from overseas. This reduces the use of fossil fuels and emissions produced from transporting the food from the field to your plate. Not to mention locally grown food usually looks and tastes better!
Going zero waste naurally brings to light other environmental and social issues such as global warming and climate change, deforestation and ocean acidification, overpopulation and public health problems, the list goes on. Or maybe you’re interested in going zero waste because you are already aware of these issues and want to reduce your impact. That’s great! I truly believe even one person can make a difference.
Going zero waste makes me think not just about my environment or the Earth’s health but my overall health also. Since starting my journey, I have sadly discovered that almost everything we purchase for everyday use has some kind of dangerous chemical in it. Cosmetics, cleaning products, our food… I think I always knew but never really cared enough. I am now the biggest advocate for natural products that will neither harm me or the environment. I also believe one of the best ways to obtain these natural products is to make them yourself or find someone who makes it themselves.
Living zero waste invites a positive mind and attitude into your life and encourages others around you to follow in your footsteps. People can’t help but be curious as to what ‘weird craze’ you’re into and most people will be inspired by what you’re doing.
You won’t become a zero waste warrior overnight and that’s ok, Rome wasn’t built in a day! The most important thing is that you do your best with what you have at your disposal. Remember why you are doing it and follow your convictions. You’ll achieve your zero waste goals. Promise.
Love Kat xx