After putting my frozen dinner from the plastic sandwich bag it was in to a saucepan on the hob I went to put the sandwich bag in the bin.
W H O A H T H E R E.
‘Hold on’ I thought, ‘this thing is COMPLETELY functional- why am I binning it?’
I didn’t have a good answer for myself and so now, I don’t bin them. The one packet I bought at the beginning of last year hasn’t been replenished (and won’t be). Instead, each sandwich bag is washed and pegged to my windowsill ready to be reused.
Zero waste is something I’ve been toying with for the last couple of years and the more time I spend thinking about it, the more I realise it’s kind of not optional for me. Not if I love this earth we call home like I say I do. That means having to make changes that are pretty counter cultural but the good news is that there are people who are nailing it already. Normal people that live in cities with normal lives.
Say hello to Celia, the brilliant guest blogger from Litterless who has got this zero waste thing in the [reusable] bag…
Have you heard the term ‘zero waste’ before? It’s the crazy (yet doable!) idea that we can live without sending any trash to the landfill, or much recycling either for that matter. A month’s worth of trash now fits in the palm of my hand; a month’s worth of recycling fits in the crook of my elbow.
I began transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle several years ago when I realized that though I considered myself a staunch environmentalist, I wasn’t doing much about it in my daily life. Now, my life better reflects my values – and, as a bonus, zero waste has also made my life, home, and daily routines simpler and much more lovely.
Zero waste living relies on a few simple strategies for reducing trash: composting organic matter (like food waste), choosing reusable goods instead of disposables (like using cloth napkins instead of paper ones), avoiding packaged goods by buying food and other items from bulk dispensers using reusable containers, and saying “no” to things we don’t need (like stupid advertising freebies).
From the outset, I’ve loved living zero waste. Not wrestling open squeaky plastic produce bags at the grocery; not having to feel that little jolt of guilt that occurs when I’d throw something in the trash; not needing to run out to the store to constantly replace disposable products like paper towels and sponges; not opening my pantry to look at a wall of plastic packaging; no longer needing to take out the trash. I’ve found there are so many benefits. I’ll never go back.
Would you ever consider going zero waste? Even making small, slow steps in that direction is a plus- these big lifestyle changes needn’t happen overnight. Starting out is the biggest move you can make.
If curiosity has got the better of you, here are a few resources to get you started on reducing the amount of trash you make: why zero waste matters, three ways to get started going zero waste, how to shop for food in bulk and cut down on packaging waste and a few easy, doable baby steps you can do right now.
And, if you’d like, you can read more about all things zero waste and simple home over on my blog, litterless.co. Thank you for having me, Rachel!
Thanks for sharing your wisdom over here Celia. That’s some pretty solid inspo to get living consciously. Come back!