DISCLAIMER: Writing a blog post for your own personal brand (aka me) is way more challenging than writing for an actual brand that sells a product. So bear with me! ;)
As some of you might know, I transitioned to a zero waste lifestyle in January 2017 (gonna hit that one year mark soon!). It's been one hell of a ride, and every day is a new learning experience. I hope that with my blog posts I can inspire some of you (or all of you) to make small changes in your daily routines and continue to spread the word about this movement in order to reduce your carbon footprint and save this beautiful planet that we happen to live on. :)
"Okay, so what exactly is zero waste? Like, do you not use toilet paper...?"
Zero waste is however you want to define it. In the beginning, I thought I had to eliminate all plastic and non-recyclable products completely out of my life – which is honestly not 100% possible, at least for me. Luckily, I am #blessed to live in a city that not only recycles, but offers curbside composting at our homes – so cutting down on food waste was the least of my concerns when transitioning to zero waste. However, just because your city or town doesn't offer curbside composting, don't give up! (more on that on a different post). To me, zero waste is being aware of your consumptions, avoiding all the plastic that you can, and taking it day by day.
So why did I want to become zero waste?
After watching a youtube video about how a woman fit 4 years worth of trash in a mason jar, I had questions, and A LOT of them. "Okay but what about her toothpaste? How does she grocery shop? What about tampons?" My brain was racing at 100 questions per hour, and something inside me wanted to be a part of it. So I researched and read about every zero waste blogger, followed all of them on Instagram, and made my own zero waste Instagram account to hold myself accountable to my goals (if others saw what I was doing, then it would be harder for me to give up).
I also wanted to start living this way because of all the plastic packaging I had in my pantry. After taking every single item out and laying it all on the counter to examine, I was shocked. I literally had a "holy shit" moment and knew something had to change. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the Earth four times – that's INSANE. What kills me the most is that humans do have the power and knowledge to stop this, but we've become such a disposable/lazy society that wants everything at our fingertips. (Sorry, I'll stop my rant there).
And of course, a big part of why I wanted to be zero waste is because I wanted to help save our Earth. As corny as that sounds, I knew that if I wanted to make an impact at all on our environment, I couldn't just wait for the big corporations or environmentalists to do all the work and hope one day everything will get better. I had to vote with my dollars, change my daily habits, and take each day as another challenge – because not everyday is a win.
So, I hope now you kind of understand why I like being zero waste! I'm super passionate about this, so in my next blog posts I will be talking about my trash jar, bulk shopping, composting, menstrual cups, and so much more! If you would like to follow along, huge thank you! And if you have any questions, PLEASE message me! I could talk about this stuff all day. :)