It won’t be perfect. I’m not perfect. But it’s time I try a little harder. Today I make the commitment to zero waste by the end of this year. And it all starts with this gem. I’ve noticed a lot of my waste comes from laziness at work, eating processed foods because they’re easy, and eating out because it’s easy. This cloth utensil wrap with bamboo utensils and a stainless steel straw from Wild Minimalist is gorgeous and perfect for helping slow a bit of my on-the-go lifestyle. The cloth is from the second of our three favorite R-words (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) – it’s from linen scraps and it, along with the bamboo utensils, are compostable at the end of their life cycle. The stainless steel straw is Recyclable. Win.
I went to see Paul Nicklen speak at the Wasatch Speaker Series two weeks ago and left feeling both crushed and empowered. Things look pretty bleak when you take a look at our [human] effect on this planet. If you take a look around you I’m sure you’ll see yourself surrounded by things that will not biodegrade in your lifetime, or probably lifetimes after that. And don’t even get me started on our rampant use of disposable or “one-time-use” plastics. Don’t start thinking I have some holier than thou lifestyle. I do not. I am wasteful and I do a lot of damage to the planet living my life the way that I do. And I’m not near being one of the worst offenders.
Since I was young I’ve been interested in reducing my impact on the planet. I’ve shopped second hand for many things as long as I’ve been living on my own (about 10 years now). I can honestly say that most of the furniture in my house is second-hand. From thrift stores to yard sales to classifieds. A good portion of my clothing is too. I don’t drink water from water bottles (nor have I ever), I recycle for others when I see the need, and I try my hardest to never throw anything away. And yet…my garbage still needs taking out every week or two, in a plastic bag, to be hauled away with all of the other things I couldn’t find a home for. Toothbrushes, dog waste, food waste, tampons, tissues, etc. The list goes on and on.
We can’t make excuses anymore. We can’t sustain living like this, so apart from the Earth, so apart from our impact on all the other creatures that call this home. It’s reckless and irresponsible and so I’m going on a zero waste journey. Inspired by Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers and my good friend Melanie I’ve begun the foray into completely eliminating my contributions to landfills and toxic oceans. I can do this. We can do this.