A zero-waste lifestyle is a movement that not everyone is on board with at the moment. If you, reader, are thinking about joining the movement, the first thing you need to come to grips with is to unlearn your wasteful habits.
Here are the basic ways to get into the lifestyle.
Like anything else, this requires a better understanding. This lifestyle is about unlearning and re-learning your habits and determining the next course of action. Also, real talk, doing research will also help you determine if you can commit to this, or if this is just another trend you can post on social media. If it’s the latter, the world doesn’t need that.
Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle
We all have a tendency to throw what we feel doesn’t have a purpose in our lives anymore. This movement is not about hoarding. It is about taking an inventory of items in your home that you can use, or even donate, instead of throw. The idea is to not waste. Outside your home, bringing your own utensils or your water jug already counts as getting into the lifestyle.
Buy Fresh Food
Processed ones come wrapped in plastic. When buying fresh foods like fruits and vegetables at your local farmer’s market, or at the grocery store, do without the plastic and bring your reliable eco-friendly tote bag. If possible, you can even bring your own containers when buying meat or seafood—provided, the store is okay with it. We’re not about shoving our own beliefs into other people’s throats here.
Support Brands That Are Into the Movement
A lot of brands, both local and international, are conscious and contributing to making the world environment-friendly with their products such as making multi-purpose products packaged in recycled materials. Show support not only by taking interest and thinking about purchasing from them. Share to your audience your discovery of these brands. This is a small way for those in your circle to get introduced to the lifestyle too.
Again, not everyone is on board but it doesn’t mean you can’t find an individual or a group who is committed to the journey. Reach out to those who have done this for a while so you can learn from their experiences too.
The purpose of this lifestyle is to reduce waste. It is not only beneficial to you, but it is also beneficial to the planet. We reap what we sow, so they say, and with the planet showing symptoms that can no longer be ignored, this is a small way that can aid in repairing the damages we as humans have caused. These are small steps, but they will make a big difference.